Sources say 2012 F10 BMW M5 will only be offered with automatic transmission

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 16, 2011

Spy shots that were leaked last summer of the F10 BMW M5 proved that it will be the first M car offered only with a fully automatic transmission, with manumatic controls. Of course, these spy shots weren’t accidental. Spy photographers were allowed to take a look at the next M5’s cabin.

A ZF eight-speed automatic will be mated to the twin-turbo, gas direct-injection 4.4-liter V-8 and there will no manual or twin-clutch transmission that will be offered.

The X5 M and X6 M will come with automatics but they will be considered crossover/utility vehicles. There are reports that BMW attempt to adapt the Getrag M Dual Clutch Transmission (M DCT) for the F10 M5. The car’s twin-turbo V-8 has been tweaked to deliver more than 550hp.

The torque hasn’t been revealed yet but it’s apparently too high for the M DCT, says MotorTrend. BMW M found out that the transmission would have to be boosted with bigger actuators, which would delay the transmission’s response time.

It would only have worked with an extensive redo of the M DCT, which is why BMW’s M division decided to go with the eight-speed manumatic only.

A rival, the Cadillac CTS-v, continues to offer both fully manual and fully automatic transmissions. Meanwhile, the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG and its predecessors have been manumatic-only for a long time now.

The way the body of the new BMW M5 was designed manages to display its standout characteristics. By adding design features that are specific to the M-Series, this gives the BMW 5-Series Saloon a look that has authoritative style and dynamic proportions. In addition, the improvements were chosen precisely in order to meet the technical demands that customers want from a car. These modifications are in fact the main element when it comes to the overall concept of this high-performance Saloon.

The extraordinary potential of this vehicle is highlighted and has the striking authenticity of the different design elements located on the front, the rear, and its sides. Its front apron has a design that fully expresses the ultimate power of its new V8 engine.

The bonnet has contour lines that come together in a V on its double-kidney grille. The standard M black slats, an example of which are the three air intakes placed on the front apron’s lower section, have been arranged in a way that it highlights the cooling air needs of its engine at the back of the grille.

Since the air intakes have been arranged on different levels, this gives it an impressive depth which highlights the Saloon’s forward-thrusting and dynamic look. Its forward-projecting central aperture has a functional importance and this is emphasized by the vehicle’s width. What it does is spread out to the surface of the road as well as the projecting form of the car’s contour lines. Meanwhile the two air intakes on the side result in the car having a dynamically curving form.

Placed on the outer edges of the vehicle, it helps emphasize how wide the track is and even manages to fill the spaces of the BMW 5-Series Saloon’s front apron that is generally set aside for fog lamps.

On the lower part of the front end, air-channelling flaps that have been developed on its race track make sure that the aerodynamics is optimized. The new BMW M5 has been fitted with the standard bi-xenon headlights which create the daytime running light and the visually distinct LED light rings. Indicator lights placed on the outer edges of the car each has 10 LED units. The LED accent lights goes on the top of the brand’s twin round headlights in order to perfect the planned look, regardless of whether it’s day or night-time driving.

This is typical of models by BMW. The exterior also sports the three-dimensional gills, flared wheel arches, and side skirts. Accentuating the new BMW M5’s stretched profile are the high-gloss side window borders in black, the set-back passenger compartment, and long wheelbase.

Its muscled flared wheel archer puts attention on the wide track resulting in the vehicle having remarkable lateral acceleration and firm roadholding. While the wheels are sitting flush, the specially tuned chassis give a lowered suspension and bodywork, which when combined boosts the sporting presence of the car especially when looked at from the side.

For this model, the brand specially made the 19-inch double-spoke M light-alloy wheels. Offered as an option are the 20-inch lightweight forged rims with the five slim double spokes. This particular design allows for an open line of sight to the high-performance brakes and the six-piston fixed callipers which tell the viewer the precision available when the driver is adjusting the handling.

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