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2012 BMW M5

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On: Fri, Sep 23, 2011 at 9:02AM | By: Peter C Sessler

2012 BMW M5

Well, it had to happen—again! The 5th generation M5 is out and, as BMW puts it, “the world’s most successful high-performance sedan in the premium segment of the executive class” is once again available. For those who don’t know, the 1st generation M5 became available in 1984 (in Europe) and, since then, the M5 experience just keeps ratcheting up. The M5 concept simplely means the combining of a four-door sedan with five seats with the practicality of a luxurious business sedan, groundbreaking character headlined by significantly improved efficiency, supreme long-distance comfort, and innovative driver assistance systems and infotainment functions.

The heart of the M5 is its V-8 engine. The new engine is a 4.4-liter with M TwinPower Turbo package which consists of Twin Scroll Twin Turbo technology, cross-bank exhaust manifold, High Precision Direct Petrol Injection and VALVETRONIC fully variable valve control for an output of 560 hp @ 6,000—7,000 rpm and torque of 502 ft.-lb. from 1,500 rpm.

It seems that most high performance cars are concentrating on improving fuel consumption for 2012 models, and the M5 is no exception. Acceleration is fierce - 4.4 seconds to 60 mph, 0-124 in 13 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph, and it is possible to hit 190 mph with the M Driver’s Package. However, fuel consumption in the EU test cycle is: 9.9 litres/100 km (28.5 mpg imp)—which translates into an increase in engine hp by 10% over its predecessor and a 30% increase in torque, while reducing fuel consumption by more than 30%.

Power is transferred to the rear wheels via the seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission Drivelogic with traction-optimised automatic gear selection. There is a slew of electronics to make the driving experience what it has become. For example, there are two individually configured set-ups that can be called up by using new M Drive buttons on the steering wheel; range of programmable parameters unique in the segment: engine response, M Servotronic responses, Drivelogic shift program, DSC mode, Dynamic Damper Control, and information in the Head-Up Display. Get that?

Styling-wise, there is a large front apron with large air intakes for the engine and brakes; flared wheel arches emphasize the wide track; the hallmark M gills let everyone know this is a BMW; an aerodynamically rear apron with a diffuser between the right and left pair of twin exhaust pipes is used in the rear, and special 19-inch wheels exclusive to the M5 are used.

In the interior, Merino leather is used with exclusive aluminum Trace interior trim strips, BMW Individual roof liner in anthracite, electrically operated steering column adjustment, four-zone automatic climate control and ambient light as well.

There is also an extensive range of driver assistance systems, and almost all BMW 5 Series Sedan equipment options are available, including Comfort Access, M multifunction seats, active seats, doors with Soft Close Automatic function, hands-free tailgate opening, electric glass roof, and trailer coupling.

This kind of car tries to satisfy all the drivers (and passenger’s) wants and needs—it is BMW’s ultimate driving machine. Really, the engineers that designed this vehicle have outdone themselves—once again.

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