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2012 BMW M5 [w/video]

Lose Two Cylinders, Gain Two Turbos, Take No Prisoners The first BMW M5, the humble E28 of 1984, had little idea of the performance bloodline it would sire. Its equally humble sales figures proved it: just 2,241 were built. Previous to the 2004 arrival of the E60 M5, the '84 original and the much better-selling E34 that succeeded it in 1988 both carried excellent inline sixes that offered between 256 SAE horsepower in the first-generation's North American trim and 340 European DIN horses by the end of its run in 1995. Good for their time. The E39 M5, however, was the first model in the f... Read More

Vital Stats

Engine:
TT 4.4L V8
Power:
560 HP / 502 LB-FT
Transmission:
7-Speed DCT
MSRP:
NA
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    Spy Shots: 2012 BMW M5 inches closer to production in a stunning shade of brown
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    Spy Shots: BMW M5 prototype gets towed off the 'Ring
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    Occasionally, we find ourselves wondering why manufacturers continue to insist on testing their prototype vehicles at the infamous Nürburgring. Yes, the track is 13 miles of some of the most abusive variations in elevation and apex around, but it's also flooded with legions of hungry spy photographers just waiting to publicize the carmakers' latest ...

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    Spy Video: 2011 BMW M5 undergoes 'Ring Taxi practice
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    Spy Shots: 2009 Cadillac CTS-V
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    Spy Shots: Audi RS6
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    Rendered Speculation: Lexus GS-F
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