By all accounts, the 2012 BMW M5 is nothing short of a mechanical miracle. With two fewer cylinders than the previous generation, the big bruiser manages to retain the acceleration and handling prowess that M buyers have come to expect. But where exactly can you use the full breadth of the four-door's 560 horsepower in a safe and legal capacity? The Autobahn, that's where. One enterprising soul recently managed to point the long nose of the M5 toward the horizon on the German highway system, planted his foot in the carpet and held on all the way to 300 kph.

That's a shave over 186 mph for those of you too disinterested to fire up your calculator, and impressive momentum in any vehicle, let alone a bone-stock family cruiser. Hit the jump to check out the video for yourselves. Just remember not to try this sort of insanity at home.



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      th0mb0ne
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sure would've been more interesting if we didn't just stare at a dash for 95% of the video.
      Ak74
      • 3 Years Ago
      He is driving on Comfort Mode!
      dragonrage1191
      • 3 Years Ago
      For starters...this is clearly the Autobahn, so what he is doing is legal and for the most part safe. I've been a huge fan of the M5 and this video just concludes why I do. As far as all the fanboy comments, give the CTS-V credit where its due as it is a beast of a car. I'm thankful that Luxury automakers makes cars such as these! nothing like track speed with a little elegance and practicality.
      carguy
      • 3 Years Ago
      is that a wind noise from an open windows ???
        Stefan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @carguy
        Actually, I believe this is wind noise in general. When you realize the engine is actually very quiet, it makes sense.
      eljay001
      • 3 Years Ago
      300kph in comfort and efficiency mode. Yes, that makes sense.
      Shexy
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oh man. Those dual clutch gearboxes never cease to amaze me!
      Need Mulally 4 Ford
      • 3 Years Ago
      Exhilarating.
      Hello!
      • 3 Years Ago
      That thing either needs some sound deadening, or they had the windows open doing that. That video got loud as hell from wind noise.
      wallstreet
      • 3 Years Ago
      The only reason people like the CTSV is because it's cheap, quick, and American. Prestige, class, and composure are qualities they have no experience with.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @wallstreet
        Prestige? Being the most sought after American luxury brand in the world isn't prestige? Class? Nothing says class like the Cadillac unless it's a rapper's/drug dealer's Cadillac Escalade. Composure? Are we talking about handling? Because the last time I checked, the CTS-V held the fastest production sedan record around the Nurburgring for 2 years until the faster Panamera broke it.
          Ciubuca
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          just look at the cheap plastics inside a ctsv, and you'll find your prestige, class, and so on.
          Qlam Fam
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          American cars do not sell well in any country other than America. Mainly because they are cheaply built and tacky with horrible aesthetics, there is nothing classy about American cars.
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          Wow, seem to be a LOT of BMW fanboys in this comment section. Ciubuca, never sat inside a CTS-V have you? Seems like you're just going off of what every other German car fanboy says about American cars. Robert, what sales would these be? Mind citing your sources? Because if these sales are from somewhere like Vietnam or anywhere that doesn't have a massive car market, I would believe you. Qlam, the next time you negatively comment on an American car, it will be ignored. Funny thing is, you're doing the same thing Ciubaca is doing. Just going by what everybody else says about American cars. I'm willing to bet that you haven't even driven, or seen an American built car going by your name.
          wallstreet
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          My apologies.. how could I forget that Cadillac beat out the stiff competition from Lincoln & Chrysler to hold its title of "most sought after" American luxury car?
        moderate fringe
        • 3 Years Ago
        @wallstreet
        Don't care for Caddys and never did. BMWs are for the most part owned by people that want to be in an exclusive club. Most don't know the first thing about cars and live in houses they cannot afford with three too many bedrooms. Know someone that just got a 5 series and I promise you she doesn't know how many cylinders it has and neither does her husband. Don't know how exclusive they are since I often see more of them than Camrys. About as rare as a Ralph Lauren Polos here and this isn't even that rich an area. Just poseurs living beyond their means. People will do anything to keep up with the Jones. These people are doing to BMWs image what dentist did for Harley starting in the 80s.. Funny story....Five guys on Harleys pull into a gas station about 15 years ago. Clerk said don't worry they are harmless, Which was weird since I barely glanced that way. Recognized a couple of them and said well yeah I am not worried about two dentist, a lawyer, a preacher and the richest business owner in town cracking my head. Image, People think you can buy it.
          Ak74
          • 3 Years Ago
          @moderate fringe
          how about huge BMW enthusiast club? The biggest one in the world.
      Todd Holley
      • 3 Years Ago
      Should be re titled this is what a dumbass looks like
        Scott
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Todd Holley
        Why? It's the Autobahn and traffic looked light. More power to him
          cashsixeight
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Scott
          How does this endanger others? I'm pretty sure I'm safer near this guy on the Autobahn than I am near the millions of females driving SUVs in America.
          NightFlight
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Scott
          @ Todd Holley Dude, shut your mouth. You have no idea what the autobahn is like, obviously. You also have no idea of what the traffic conditions were in this video. Autobahn and German drivers >>>> American highways with moronic drivers Have you ever even been outside of this country?
          Todd Holley
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Scott
          Because going that fast on a public road endangers others. You want to do that **** take it to a track.
          NissanGTR
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Scott
          Being a moron in public endangers others as well. More so yourself.
        SAM
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Todd Holley
        And you apparently have never driven on the Autobahn. I have driven the Autobahn and I currently live in LA. I feel 100x safer with Audis/BMWs/Merc/Porsches going 150mph + on the Autobahn than driving ANYWHERE in LA. That actually have proper driving training and instruction in Germany before anyone is allowed to get a license and their drivers also maintain proper driving etiquette. On the Autobahn, it's very simple, stay right unless you're passing. Before pulling into the left lane to pass someone, you better check your mirror. On the unrestricted sections of the Autobahn, most people actually cruise around 80-85 mph, but it's nice to be able to go faster if you like. I was generally around 100mph (the max my rental could do). There were the few guys doing 120+.
      Charles
      • 3 Years Ago
      My mom's "bone-stock" family cruiser doesn't crank 560 horses, it's a tuner. Sad to say but BMW is going to over-engineer this car and ruin the pure driving excitement. I'll take a CTS-V thank-you.
        xmailboxcancerx
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Charles
        I agree. I would love a CTS-V ... but I'll still give props to BMW for engineering a fantastic car. It may be over-engineered, and that's likely a buzzkill for purists, but it's impressive how quickly you can drive that behemoth with SO little comparative effort.
        Gator
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Charles
        I agree. I much rather buy a CTSV over the new M5. Its cheaper, does the same job, and makes a better sound. BMW is doing overkill with the trannies and driver aids.
          GM78624
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Gator
          The CTS-V is def a better buy over the new M5. Not only is it say $15,000-$30,000 cheaper but it probably performs a bit better as well. I hear that GM is going to update or refresh the interior of the CTS in I think mid 2012-2013. The V's interior should get some really neat updates which is much needed since the all new ATS will debut sometime early to mid next year until the redesigned car arrives. The new M5 is a great super luxury sport sedan and I would love to own one but I would easily take a CTS-V over it any day. It's a better package and value for the money.
      Michelle Rightway
      • 3 Years Ago
      Stop with the BS , @ 186mph the trees and cars would fly by... they only show the speedometer not the road "FAKE"
        Ak74
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Michelle Rightway
        That what happens when you allow girls on Autoblog.
        Agilis
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Michelle Rightway
        Interesting observation but the trees we can clearly see are in the distance so they wouldn't be passing by as fast. The vegetation along the road is going by pretty fast although there are some objects that seems to go by too slow for them to be traveling at 186MPH ... For example at 1:17 the car has not decreased in speed but this object is slow to pass by. I'm not an expert in Physics but I'm pretty sure at 186MPH things like cars in the opposite lane don't take that long to 'fly' by.
        Agilis
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Michelle Rightway
        In Michelle's offense, even tho this person may be a troll, how often do we think a video on YouTube is real when it turns out being fake, or 'adjusted' in some way. In this case I do think the video is real, just some sections of the video spark my curiosity.
        Lachmund
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Michelle Rightway
        lol?
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