The 2012 BMW M5 is something of an anomaly. Despite its size and weight, the big luxury sedan is actually quicker than its less corpulent sibling, the BMW M3, around a road course. With a 552-horsepower twin-turbo V8 engine capable of sucking down small communities, there's no arguing the M5's power. But fast cars aren't necessarily fun. Take the Jaguar XKR, for example. It's blisteringly quick, but comes saddled with a traction control system that requires an advanced degree in computer science and a thorough comprehension of black magic to completely disengage. Roasting the tires in the big cat hardly seems worth it.

The M5 is no such beast. The goons at Autocar recently took the portly bruiser out for a little parking lot fun to see just how the machine performs once things get sideways. It would seem that the muscle-bound German is a willing dance partner. Hit the jump to watch the video for yourself.



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      gtv4rudy
      • 3 Years Ago
      Drifting sucks
      Joe Bo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Call me crazy but I still prefer 3 pedals.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Joe Bo
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        jtav2002
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Joe Bo
        It's okay 4RR4Y, I'm sure he'll get to actually drive these cars once he turns 16 and actually gets a license.
      Bence
      • 3 Years Ago
      This thing seriously needs a proper V8 sound. It's loud but sounds lame.
      everythingisready
      • 3 Years Ago
      the jag traction control system is disabled by holding the DSC button for 10 seconds. what kind of black magic are you referring to?
      Justin Campanale
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nice job, AB. I'm glad you actually used your banning powers for one and sent GM4Life/Bubba/ Tmfanboi into exile. Now work on Phillip Gua and Laser.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
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      Justin Campanale
      • 3 Years Ago
      That being said, I wish that BMW would finally get their **** together and lose weight. The new 5 series weighs as much as a 7 series of old. And they should stop being so turbo happy and should resort to high revving engines.
        chris
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        Remember when the 3 Series was actually light weight? *sigh*
          Justin Campanale
          • 3 Years Ago
          @chris
          Yeah......... those were the good ol' days. I really wish that they would take out the 1) electronic drive aids 2) some of the safety equipment 3) decrease the size a little That would keep the weight down to E36 levels at best, E46 levels at worst. I know it's a sad thing, but BMW is jumping on the weight bandwagon and shows no signs of getting off. This is impacting their cqrs' drive seriously. Whiich is their trademark. I remember when I had my E30 M3 when the E46 came out. I drove the 323i... the drive felt a lot less connected to the road. My car felt like a friggin lotus in comparison. And then there's the current 3 series, which is even less connected to the road. I went to a dealership and drive the 328i when it came out... I swear to god my AUTOMATIC SVX was more fun to drive than that car. Yes, BMW is more fun to drive than the competition, but the gap is rapidly narrowing. And to top it off, they show no sign of stopping. They' e already come out with models with less driver orientation like the 5 GT, X6, thry're planning an X7, 3 GT, etc. They're even considering FWD and V6's for god's sake! Of course the Ed Hardy dbags who have absolutely no apreciation for driving will pay whatever it says on the lease statement. This is already a sad world, and BMW is only making it sadder by taking away what we car nerds love.
          Need Mulally 4 Ford
          • 3 Years Ago
          @chris
          What are you saying? Every concept has a focus of being lightweight. Their cars are getting heavier just like everyone else is. This M5 will be faster, handle better and overall perform better than any M5 it's replaced.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        vpm112
        • 3 Years Ago
        Drifting/powerslides is ALL about car control. How well a car drifts, handles at the limit and beyond, also tells a lot about how well the chassis and suspension are designed and tuned.
      deeeznuuuts83
      • 3 Years Ago
      As good of a car the new M5 is probably going to be, it's a shame that its exhaust note doesn't really have any character, especially when we're talking about a car that is probably going to come in at just below the six-figure mark. The GT-R exhaust note is already fairly boring but sounds way better than this with two fewer cylinders. Wasn't there something about the speakers inside the car playing fake exhaust notes as you drive?
        alexkoolur
        • 3 Years Ago
        @deeeznuuuts83
        It's true. BMW recorded what an ideal exhaust note should be and synced it up to the audio system in the car so it automatically plays through the speakers to match what RPM you are at. How PATHETIC is that!! Car may be great on paper, but over the last decade BMW has removed all of the SOUL and CHARACTER out of their cars....now they are highly engineered, NUMB feeling machines.....
        Gik.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @deeeznuuuts83
        Not exactly a fake exhaust note but I thought a microphone was placed near the exhaust and you can listen to it via the in-car audio.
          alexkoolur
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Gik.
          It's not simply a "mic", BMW is enhancing the actual exhaust note (synthesizing it) through the audio speakers.....
        jtav2002
        • 3 Years Ago
        @deeeznuuuts83
        While having a lame exhaust note is a little unfortunate, it's nothing an aftermarket exhaust can't fix. Any enthusiast who even cares about how it sounds would likely do this anyway. I mean the GT-R sounds awesome with an aftermarket exhaust system.
      Codeman
      • 3 Years Ago
      He was just power-"drifting". How about some dynamic drift through multiple S-corners?
      RSS007
      • 3 Years Ago
      Very cool. Having a car out of control deliberately and then regain control so effortlessly is just fantastic. On a side note: Sunglasses in the distant shot, but not so in car. Funny.
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