2012 BMW M5 review and pictures

Posted on Monday, 3 September 2012 , 19:09:58 byEmil

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BMW M5

Bavarian carmaker BMW managed to bring the new BMW M5 sedan in North American dealerships. The model joins the M6 convertible which has been on sale since July. Under the hood, the new M5 sedan features the same 4.4-liter V8 engine capable of developing 560 horsepower and 680 Nm of torque. To send the output to the rear wheels, the engineers have offered a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. This is not all. BMW offers a 6-speed gearbox as an option for the M5 as well. The engine is capable of developing around 10% higher outputs than the V10 engine of its predecessors. The torque is also up by 30%. Together with all these, the fuel efficiency was improved by 25% as well.


The High Precision direct fuel injection plays a very important role in terms of fuel efficiency and high performance. It ensures an extremely precise supply of fuel to the combustion chambers. The injectors spray the fuel into the combustion chambers providing smooth and clean combustion. The new engine introduces VALVETRONIC variable valve control system to a BMW M engine, providing 16 individual throttles. The M TwinPower Technology of the new V8 engine also includes the Double VANOS infinitely-variable valve timing system developed by the German carmaker, which optimizes the efficiency of the engine and generates high torque at low engine revs. The BMW M5 sedan also features Brake Energy Regeneration and the Auto Start-Stop function. This switches off the engine when the car stops. Thanks to the output mentioned above, the model is capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds and of reaching a top speed of 155 mph.


To send the power to the road, the engineers have equipped the BMW M5 sedan with 19-inch light alloy wheels covered in 265/40 R19 tires on the front axle and 295/40 R19 on the rear one. As an option, BMW offers as an option, 20-inch forged M light-alloy wheels as well. Photo Credit: autoblog