2012 Geneva Motor Show Preview: Hamann upgrades the 2012 Bmw M5

Article by Christian A., on March 5, 2012

Hamann unveiled today its tuning program for the all-new 2012 Bmw M5 and as expected, the new car is more powerful, more attractive and has an interior that can be customized as the customer wants. The first visual impact with the car shows a new body kit consisting of a new front bumper with integrated daytime running LEDs, new side sills, a rear roof spoiler, a rear trunk spoiler and a new rear bumper with integrated air inlets. Moreover, the wings of the car were extended by 25 mm on the front and by 30 mm on the rear.

The design of the car is completed by the new 21-inch Hamann Unique Forged II wheels, wrapped in high performance Continental Sport Contact 5P tyres. In addition, the car’s centre of gravity has been lowered by 30 millimetres thanks to the new special chassis springs. The 4.4-liter twin turbo V8 engine has also been upgraded using a high-performance sports muffler, as well as a new engine-management system.

As a result, the total output delivered by the engine is 720 hp and 800 Nm of torque. For those who don’t know, the standard M5 delivers 560 hp and 680 Nm of torque. The interior of the car has also been customized and now features the finest leather as well as a new set of aluminium pedals.

Piano lacquer, leather or Alcantara finishes – all are available on request to add extra thrill to the ride. From the personalised floor-mat set to the full-leather upholstery, everything is produced by hand to precision standard, and individually designed and integrated into the vehicle by master craftsmen.

Essentially, the new BMW M5 is a BMW 5-Series Saloon that is heavily modified to further stand out stylishly in terms of elegance and sportiness. This was achieved by adding an array of carefully selected M-specific design features that have been calibrated to meet the high technical demands of the BMW M5. In effect, these M-spec modifications have become a core element of the M5’s overall concept. Various design elements added on the front, side and rear of the M5 don’t only highlight the car’s dynamic potential as they also serve as a visual advertisement that it is not just any ordinary BMW 5-Series Saloon.

For instance, the front apron of the new M5 boasts of a design that preaches the power of the V8 engine lying underneath the car’s bonnet. This is accentuated by the contour lines of the bonnet that meet in a V-shape at the BMW double-kidney grille. Meanwhile, the wide-spread layout of the M black slats – including the three air intakes on the lower part of the front apron – highlight the amount of air needed to cool down the car’s powerful engine. These air intakes are arranged in various levels to emphasize the M5’s forward-thrusting appearance.

The functional looks of the central air intake on the front apron is highlighted by the M5’s width as well as by the protruding form of the contour lines. The curving side intakes, on the other hand, are positioned to the outer edges of the car, thereby filling the spaces where fog lamps are typically mounted. These side intakes also help emphasize the width of the new BMW M5. Meanwhile, the track-born air-channeling flaps are found on the lower edge of the front end, thereby helping optimized the M5’s aerodynamics.

The new BMW M5 is provided – as standard – with bi-xenon twin round headlights and LED daytime running lights as well as indicator lights each consisting of 10 LED units. These lamp units form an elegant lighting system as further highlighted by LED accent lights located on top of the twin round headlights.

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