After few leaked photos, Bmw decided to show us the all-new 2012 M5, the fifth generation of its well-known sports car. As we told you before, the new car is powered by the new high-revving 4.4-litre V8 engine with M TwinPower Turbo package delivering 412 kW/560 hp at 6,000 – 7,000 rpm and a maximum torque of 680 Newton metres (502 lb-ft) from 1,500 rpm.
In terms of performances, the 2012 Bmw M5 can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.4 seconds, to 200 km/h (124 mph) in 13.0 seconds and has a top speed of 250 km/h / 155 mph (305 km/h / 190 mph with M Driver’s Package).
The average fuel consumption in EU test cycle: 9.9 litres/100 km (28.5 mpg imp). It’s no surprise that the power transfer is made to the rear wheels via the seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission Drivelogic.
Moreover, the 2012 M5 comes with systems such as: traction-optimised automatic gear selection; Launch Control; Low Speed Assistance; automatically activated parking mode; M-specific gear selector; M leather steering wheel with shift paddles. The new M Drive buttons found on the steering wheel offer two individually configured set-ups for the car.
It looks as good as it really is – in all aspects. The new BMW M5 has an elegant, powerful and dynamic design that reflects what the 5-series saloon has come to be widely recognised for. Not just that, the BMW M5 also features M-specific design elements that further enhance its appeal. These features are also modifications that have been adapted precisely for the car’s technical demands, and as such, form the conceptual core of this high-performance saloon. The key design elements on its front, sides and rear subtly bring full attention to the car’s outstanding potential.
The front apron is designed to project the power of the car’s new V8 engine. Its bonnet lines converge at the front tip to the trademark BMW double kidney grille. The M-series is also recognised for its spread-out black slats. Together with the three lower front apron intakes, these slats highlight the air-cooling required by the engine within. Because of their arrangement in their respective levels, the air intakes create an image of greater depth consistent with the saloon’s high-performance sportive appearance.
Dynamically designed intakes optimise airflow and offer a cooling effect.
The functional central aperture juts forward and the car’s wide stance and raised contour lines accentuate its appearance. Lateral edge air intakes on the left and right take the place of the fog lamps seen on other 5-series BMWs. These further enhance the wide stance of the automobile’s front view. Air channelling flaps derived from race cars are placed on the front lower margin for improved streamlining.
Bi-xenon headlamps are a standard feature on the new BMW M5. These come with distinctive daytime running LED light rings. The signal lights on the lateral margins are made up of 10 LED units. LED accent lights seem to float above the signature twin round BMW headlamps. Whether driving in daylight or at night, these lights all make the front view unmistakably BMW. This model also has flared wheel arches, three-dimensional gills, prominently flared wheel arches, three-dimensional gills, striking side skirts.
The BMW M5 has an elongated silhouette emphasised by the long wheelbase, set-back cabin and glossy black side window borders. The wheel arches bulge prominently to emphasise the track width which greatly contributes to the car’s road-hugging stability and outstanding lateral acceleration. The saloon’s side view makes its sportiness just as noticeable, especially because the wheels are set flush on the body due in part to the lowered suspension, which in turn is a feature of the specially-tuned chassis.
Also, the 19-inch M light-alloy double-spoke wheels specific to this model contribute to the dynamic appeal. There is also the option to fit 20-inch forged rims with five svelte double spokes that make the high-performance six-piston callipered brakes visible, such that the car’s precise handling characteristics become apparent.
On the frontal area of the side, the identifying M gills have been modernised to look deeper-set. This effect is achieved by its three-dimensional shape framed widely by chrome and the seemingly suspended indicator bar with the M logo. The mirrors with their shiny black bases and lower edges are housed in body colour casings.
The new BMW M5 also has uniquely redesigned side skirts, with a prominent protuberance at the rear skirt area and a subtly upward sloping crease toward the tail.
This puts focus on the rear wheel arches and then to the driven axle of this high-performance automobile.
Aerodynamically optimised wider tail
The tail is designed to represent the new BMW M5’s exceptional sports performance and outstanding road hugging capability.
Like the 5-series saloons, the automobile’s width is accentuated not just by the conspicuous horizontal lines, but also by the dynamically designed rear apron. A bespoke feature on the M5, this rear apron is moulded to the shape of the wide wheel arches, giving further focus on the drive forces harnessed through the rear wheels.
The rear apron also features a diffuser at the lower edge that facilitates smoother air passage through the underfloor rear end. The BMW M5 also features a twin-pipe exhaust system, which is a trademark M feature. The two tailpipes are both aerodynamically integrated and situated wide laterally to each diffuser. On the boot lid is a refined gurney-style rear spoiler that adds downforce especially at high speeds, thereby assisting with the car’s overall streamlining and constantly reliable handling.
The tail lights form a distinguishing L configuration, especially at night. This is a key BMW characteristic. These are composed of three LED-powered light strips that form the identifying homogeneous units. LED units also compose the braking and direction indicating lights. Below the tail lights are the reflectors, which are placed at a higher position on the rear apron than on other BMW 5-series saloons. This is another visual detail that greatly emphasises the car’s robustly powerful shape.