BMW to release 6th generation 2012 M5

BMW to release 6th generation 2012 M5 image

Text: / Photos: BMW Press | posted June 16, 2011 12:47

The hero returns

Recently, BMW released it's sixth generation M5 high performance saloon based on the 2012 BMW 5-series (F10 body). Visually the new BMW M5 sports more aggressive design detains and upgrades because of its enlarged air intakes in the front, four tailpipes and 20-inch wheels with Z-rated tires.

For the first time in history, the M5 will be powered by a turbocharged power unit with a new, high-revving 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8. The new engine is capable of 560 PS while torque has been increased to 680 newton meters. The powertrain is rear-wheel drive, controlled by a new M Double Clutch Transmission Drivelogic. New acceleration times bring the new M5 to 100 km/h from a standstill in just 4.4 seconds.

This is also the first ever M car to use an Active M differential. This is a further advancement of the specially developed differential that allows M drivers to enjoy the benefits of high-powered rear-wheel drive cars with maximum safety. The system is centered around an electronically controlled multi-plate limited slip diff that intervenes rapidly and precisely at an early stage to control wheelspin and keep the car stable.