2012 BMW M5
The new 2012 BMW M5 without a doubt carries on the legacy of its predecessors in true M fashion. It’s new, upgraded power plant is a twin-turbo V8 engine with a cross-bank exhaust manifold, and fully variable VALVETRONIC valve control. It puts out 560 hp at 6,000 – 7,000 rpm 502 lb-ft of torque sweeping from 1,500 to 5,750 rpm. That massive thrust launches the driver to 60 from a standstill in 4.4 seconds.
Average fuel consumption is approximately 28.5 mpg with CO2 emissions at about 232 g/km. BMW’s engineers have managed to increase power by 10%, torque by 30%, while reducing overall fuel consumption by over 30% compared to the previous M5 model.
This efficiency and improved performance is vastly due to the newly designed V8 engine, coupled with a smooth 7-speed M Double Clutch Transmission and auto start-stop system. The M5 also employs a slew of technologies designed to make the car as driver-friendly as possible. Electronically controlled dampers, compound brakes, stability control with “M Dynamic Mode”, and Servotronic steering specific to M models are just a few features employed in balancing the M5’s power and making it a safe, but thrilling drive.
The M5’s stance is that famous M-series combination of elegant and aggressive. It looks sharper and more poised than the previous model; with a gaping front fascia and lightly flared side skirts, the car’s solid stance and aggressive looks speak volumes about what it can do.
Brawn meets brains in this vehicle through BMW’s iDrive control module. One of its two trademark silver control knobs is seated adjacent to the shift panel, the other is in the rear of the cabin. The front iDrive controller gives the driver access to air conditioning, music, suspension settings, navigation, and BMW Assist, while the rear module allows passengers to use entertainment, climate controls, and GPS. BMW’s iDrive is nothing short of brilliant in its ability to connect driver and car.
While the 2012 BMW M5 is a far cry from all of its previous models, it flawlessly continues the M-series tradition of class, elegance, ingenuity, and perhaps most importantly, stunning performance.
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