A manual option will be available for the U.S. version of the 2012 BMW M5 that will be introduced at the Frankfurt auto show this September, according to an Inside Line report. A test Bavarian car was spotted in Los Angeles, California, with a conventional stick that must be linked to a six-speed box. This prototype was seen to have been fitted with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires. There may be some consumers in the U.S. that don’t like using a clutch pedal.
The performance saloon will also feature a seven-speed dual clutch option that’s also known as the M DCT. There isn’t much information revealed about the M5 yet but we know that it will be powered by a high-revving V8 engine with M TwinPower Turbo Technology (also referred to as the 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 that powers the X5/X6 M SAVs).
It has an output of 570hp and 530 lb-ft of torque that enables the vehicle to go from zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 4.4 seconds. The new M5 will have more power compared to its predecessor. It also boasts of a 25% higher fuel efficiency, a result of measures taken by BMW Efficient Dynamics like a brake energy regeneration system and an automatic stop-start system.
The new BMW M5 comes with a body which has a design that further highlights the already notable attributes of the 5-Series Saloon, especially with the addition of M-specific design features. All of these modifications are tweaked and configurated to meet the technical demands of the new BMW M5. In fact, these distinctive design elements on the M5’s front, sides and rear emphasize the car’s impressive dynamic potential.
For instance, the front apron features a design that faithfully reveals the power and dynamics of its new V8 engine. Contour lines of the bonnet gather in a V formation to BMW’s signature double-kidney grille. The wide-spread layout of the traditional M black slats – similar to the three air intakes in the lower section of the front apron – highlights the needed air to cool down the impressive V8 engine. These air intakes are arranged in various levels to provide an impression of depth, thereby underlining the BMW M5 dynamic and aggressive appearance. The functional importance of the forward-projecting central air intake is underscored by the car’s width and the protruding form of the contour lines.
The new BMW M5 also features two curving side air intakes placed at its outer edges, thereby helping highlight the car’s wide track while filling the spaces in the front apron typically reserved for foglamps. Meanwhile, the lower edge of the front end features race-track developed air-channeling flaps for optimized aerodynamics. All of these dynamically formed intakes help ensure ample airflow and optimal cooling. Also dominating the front end of the M5 are bi-xenon headlights that generate daytime running light with LED light rings. On the outer edges of the front end positioned are indicator lights each consisting of 10 LED units.
The BMW M5 is provided with the signature BMW twin round headlights highlighted by LED accent lights cut across its top. On the other hand, the stretched silhouette of the new M5 is accentuated by its long wheelbase and set-back cabin, as well as high-gloss black side window borders. Its muscular flared wheel arches further highlight the M5’s wide track, which in turn allows for better road-holding and lateral acceleration capability. Its model-specific 19-inch double-spoke M light-alloy wheels sit flush with the bodywork and lowered suspension, thereby enhancing the M5’s sporty side profile
. Optional lightweight 20-inch forged rims with five slim double spokes are also available. Stopping power is taken care of by high-performance brakes with six-piston fixed calipers. Meanwhile, the front side sections of the car feature a new interpretation of the M gills while the 3D-shaped wide chrome frame and the free-floating indicator bar with the M logo lend these air intakes a deep-set appearance. The mirrors are housed in body-colored casings with the mirror base and lower edge finished in high-gloss black. Moreover, the side skirts of the new BMW M5 feature a dynamic bulge at their rear end as well as a crease rising slightly to the tail.