The fifth generation of the BMW M5, the most successful high-performance sedan in history is finally here. The tradition launched in 1984, when the first M5 was released, goes on. We are talking about a four-door and five-seat sedan which offers the space and comfort of a premium limousine and performance level worthy of a supercar.
We are pretty familiar with the car’s looks, because an M package is already available for the current BMW 5 Series and we also saw the BMW M5 Concept unveiled earlier this year at the Shanghai Motor Show. And we’re not going to insist on describing a look you can admire in the photo gallery, because every petrol head in the world actually wants to know what’s under the bonnet.
The power comes from a 4.4-liter supercharger V8, the famous M TwinPower Turbo, which is not new, also powering the already available BMWs X5 and X6. But if you think by borrowing the engine from its brother, some of the M5’s exclusive feeling is gone, then you’re wrong, because we don’t see anything bad about this, I mean we’re talking about a beautiful engine.
However, we can’t feel a little sorry about the disappearance of the old V10 from the previous generation. But the new M5 has some impressive power figures: 560 hp between 6,000 and 7,000 rpm and 680 Nm between 1,500 Nm and 5,750 rpm. The new engine delivers 10 percent more power and 3- percent more torque than the previous generation. What’s amazing about this engine is that it’s one of the first to offer the maximum power output on a range of rpms, so the Bavarian engineers did an outstanding job. One thing BMW officials insisted on is the turbo lag and according to the German company, this is completely gone in the M5.
Power is transmitted to the rear wheels via a seven-speed automatic transmission called BMW M Double Clutch Transmission Drivelogic which can adjust traction by choosing the optimal gear, this way canceling any traction loss than might occur. The transmission also features Launch Control function, a great option when we’re dealing with 560 hp and 680 Nm.
As for day to day use, BMW testing revealed a fuel economy of 9.9 liters per 100 km (23.7 US mpg) and the CO2 emissions of 232 grams per kilometer makes it one of the most eco-friendly super sports cars out there. And before you say that most M5 drivers will get a much bigger fuel consumption, think about the advanced EfficientDynamics package available, with brake energy regeneration and start/stop function among others.
And now, the performance figures: the new BMW 2012 sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.4 seconds, up to 200 km/h (124 mph) in 13 seconds and up to an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph). Customers that choose the M Driver package will have the speed limiter removed, so the car will be able to reach a top speed of 305 km/h (190 mph).
As for the rest of the features, you can imagine BMW has fitted the new M5 with all its goodies, including premium materials and technologies, almost everything available for the regular 5 Series being available on the M5. So far, there’s no official pricing released, but British journalists unveiled a starting price of 73,040 pounds (82,500 Euros or $118,000) in the UK.