BMW reveals official details and images of 2012 M5

BMW reveals official details and images of 2012 M5

With leaked photos doing the rounds online, BMW has decided to drop the official images and details on its fifth generation 2012 M5.

The much-anticipated super saloon comes packing BMW’s a 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine behind its double kidney grille. It shares this powerplant with the X5M and X6M high performance SUVs and the V8 replaces the previous M5’s exotic 5.0-litre V10 unit. The new high-revving engine packs a heavyweight punch with power output of 415kW and peak torque of 680Nm. This marks a huge 30kW and 150Nm increase over its predecessor. Fuel consumption has also been improved with a quoted figure of 9.9l/100km combined.

Transferring power to the rear wheels is a seven-speed M dual-clutch transmission linked up to an electronically controlled multi-plate limited-slip differential. A manual transmission is expected to be added at a later date.

Performance figures are impressive with the new M5 sprinting to 100km/h in 4.4 seconds, 0-200km/h (124mph) in 13.0 seconds and a limited top speed of 250km/h. If you have to go even faster the optional M Driver’s package raises top speed to 305km/h.

Standard equipment on the M5 includes M-specific suspension, a lightweight compound high-performance braking system and the M-tuned Servotronic steering. High-tech electronic aides include an M Drive system that allows drivers to store two individual modes for a range of programmable parameters including accelerator response, M Servotronic response, Drivelogic shift program, DSC mode, Dynamic Damper Control a special Head-Up Display unit that provides extra info.

In terms of exterior design the new M5’s tweaks are fairly reserved with subtle features including bulkier front and rear bumpers, side air vents, bespoke 19-inch alloy wheels, a minimal boot lid spoiler and quad tail pipes.

The 2012 M5 will make its global debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show this September, expect more details to be released closer to that date.

Till then check out images of BMW’s new bahn stormer in the gallery below.

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