• Jun 15, 2011
2012 BMW M5 – Click above for high-res image gallery

Official 2012 BMW M5 images have leaked onto the Internet as the latest iteration of the legendary M model prepares to charge toward showrooms. The F10 M5 is flared and aero-ed up with bodywork that maintains a buttoned-up demeanor even as it radiates aggression. Onlookers can tell the M5 is a special car with its enlarged air intakes in the front fascia, quartet of tailpipes and 20-inch wheels with Z-rated tires, but it doesn't need to be festooned with wings and bling to make its point.

The 2012 M5 is about more than mere surface beauty, after all. The sonorous V10 of the last M5 has been traded out for a twin-turbocharged V8 fist. Power is up, with 552 horsepower (the V10 produced 507 hp) coming on at 6,000 rpm – 1,750 rpm lower than the V10. Torque is hugely boosted from 383 pound-feet to 501 lb-ft, which will be great for shoving this car to 60 miles per hour in a reported 4.4 seconds. That'll route to the rear wheels via a standard dual-clutch transmission, though a proper six-speed stick will reportedly be available here in the United States.

The cost of entry is rumored to be around €100,000 in Germany – about $144,000 based on current exchange rates. We're sure the actual U.S. price won't be anywhere near that high (the€100K number likely includes Europe's lofty value-added tax), but in any case, start saving your pennies.


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      Cristian Daniel Amel
      • 3 Years Ago
      remember everyone that BMW always under rates their numbers on their M cars. they are always faster than what they say.
      simianspeedster
      • 3 Years Ago
      In terms of design, I think the new M5 is the perfect compromise between aggression and the classic sleeper. I know some people want an M5 to look more extroverted, but the age group that can afford an M5 generally doesn't wants a garrish car. It looks different enough from a standard 5 to indicate that it's different somehow, but it's no boy racer special -- that's why it works. My only concern is the increased weight, but that won't keep many people from buying an M5. If someone cares deeply about weight, they're not going to be looking at a large 4-door sedan in the first place. How about this: I'll take an M5 as a daily driver and a Boxster R for lightweight weekend fun.
      Occams_Cat
      • 3 Years Ago
      RETARDED COMMENT SYSTEM! Sorry for the multiple posts, this crappy comment system's fault.
      Jake
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's got proper brakes! The fender vent and side marker combination looks fine too. BMW shouldn't move to mirror-mounted side markers (like the new 1).
      Soldieroftafari
      • 3 Years Ago
      Going to play devils advocate here (not for its looks because they are blah). BMW is probably being conservative with the horsepower and 0-60 times (a la Porsche). It's listed with the same horsepower than the Caddy which has been out for more than a year and this is an all new car! BMW has never been known to be so clueless during development. Obviously, bmw has a trick up their sleeve. Plan on this engine making well over 600 hp and it being a smidge faster around the track than the cts-v'. Didn't the v10 do a 4.1 or so second run to 60 in a few reviews years back?
      Jay
      • 3 Years Ago
      YESSSSSSSS!! 6 speed still kicking ^_^
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jay
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      Elliott
      • 3 Years Ago
      i miss the old side vents
      tantareanujellob
      • 3 Years Ago
      Snore....
      ApplePie
      • 3 Years Ago
      It looks like.. a five series. I don't understand why BMW insists on "releasing" images of the "new" m5 when the 5 Series looks almost exactly the same. Just release some specs and be done with it. BMW, so pretentious.
      HaHaHa
      • 3 Years Ago
      Needs more Torque. It will not be able to keep up nor out run the CTS-V and up coming Jaguar XFR-S. Oh don't for get the MB E63 with the optional performance package. "Come on" BMW give us a little power more for all the $$$ your going to charge for this "Weak" M5. #TeamPorschePanameraTurbo(S)
      cdxskier89
      • 3 Years Ago
      I know acceleration is only a small piece of a car, but really BMW, are you not gonna make it hit 60 faster than a 3 year old caddy cts-v?!
        Patryk
        • 3 Years Ago
        @cdxskier89
        Well, all Caddy can do is acceleration. But hey, we got corners in Europe, and it's where caddy fails.
          Tony
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Patryk
          The 2009 CTS-V produced a quicker lap time at The Ring than the E92 M3, E60 M5 (by 14 seconds), E63 M6, and the Z4M. Try Again.
          Hazdaz
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Patryk
          Time to update your perceptions of Cadillac because the current CTS-V is a world beater - and not just in straight-line acceleration.
          SYJ
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Patryk
          What world are you living in? the V has beat the M3 and M5 on the Ring and multiple iteratoins of the much lighter M3 in C&D's Lightning Lap. It also beat the E63 in Lighting Lap at VIR. Furthermore this M5 will likely cost $30k more than the V which kind of dulls whatever advantage it may have. New CTS should be out in 2 years.
      Junkyard Willie
      • 3 Years Ago
      If 4.4 seconds to 0-60 is the official time then this new M5 wouldn't be that much faster then the last gen M5.
        SYJ
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Junkyard Willie
        It likely wont be much faster because the old M5 was only 4000lbs. This car has far more torque but will probably weigh about 4500lbs. The 550i is already over 4400lbs with options- which is heavier than the CTS-V which has been criticized for being too heavy. The E63 is around 4100lbs.
        ken
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Junkyard Willie
        Turbo engines usually don't show their full magic with 0-60 time. 10-100mph is a more reasonable number to assess the full torque increase potential.
          Tony
          • 3 Years Ago
          @ken
          Huh?? Most every car with a top 0-60 time are all turbo cars, Ariel Atom V8 excluded.
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