Last month, at Dubai, we have the opportunity to look at the all new 2012 BMW M5 Sports sedan which is the smoothest, most powerful, most elegant, and most refined M5 distillation to date.
Stylewise, there are a few subtle changes inside and out, but nothing major.
Powered by a high-revving 4.4-liter V8 engine with an M TwinPower Turbo package, it can delivers an impressive 560 hp at 6,000 – 7,000 rpm and a peak torque of 502 lb-ft from 1,500 rpm.By comparison, the previous V10-powered M5 made just 380 lb-ft. The new M5 also equipped with the BMW’s Double VANOS infinitely variable valve timing system, which optimizes the engine’s efficiency and generates high torque at low engine revs.Paired to a 7-speed M dual clutch transmission BMW claims a 0-100 km/h time of 4.4 seconds.
As for the car’s exterior, the new M5 should carry on this tradition, flaring its wheel arches, and adding the sub-brand’s characteristic chrome fender vents, a new lower rear fascia with a diffuser, quad exhaust outlets, and an integrated “Gurney-style” rear spoiler. The M5 will ride on standard 19-inch rims, with 20s available as an upgrade. And let’s not forget the M interior with a new center console, M sports seats and an M steering wheel.
2012 BMW M5 Sports Sedan
Vehicle layout front-engine, rear-wheel drive, 5-pass, 4-door sedan
Engine 4.4L/560-hp/500-lb-ft, DOHC, 32-valve, twin turbo V-8
Transmission 7-speed twin-clutch automatic
Curb weight (F/R dist) 4200 lb (est)
Wheelbase 116.7 in
Length x width x height 193.3 x 74.4 x 57.3 in
0-60 mph 4.0 sec (est)