2012 BMW M5 Review: Car Reviews

9 Jan 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on 2012 BMW M5 Review: Car Reviews


1. BMW’s new M5 is the to be turbocharged, offering 30% better economy while producing 560 hp and 501 of torque.

2. Standard launch allows you to reach 60 mph in only 3.7

3. Base price starts at

Unassuming from a distance, the M5 is a agent of speed. It does not or rumble about to the firing of piston. When being gently, it responds with and polite roadway behavior. The of the M5 lies in its duality – its to combine comfort and luxury speed and dynamism. M cars long had this split but in BMW’s latest M5, the contrast is pronounced.

In sleeping giant the M5 is as luxurious and comfortable as a 7 Series but in angry hyena form, it a proper sports car.


The much-loved aspirated V10 has been abandoned in of a smaller, force-fed V8. At first this is all bad news – but around long enough for a and the new twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 will hard to win your appreciation.

The single negative leveled turbocharged engines is turbo Thanks to a boat load of engine tech, including valve timing, Valvetronic valve lift, Hot V reverse through the head (air now from the outside of the ‘V’ and turbochargers mounted within the banks of the engine) and precision direct injection, BMW has been to improve efficiency and reduce by 30 percent, while significantly power and torque figures the previous engine.

At full song, the internally S63tu M engine produces 560 hp 5750 to 7000 rpm and 501 ft-lbs of from 1500 rpm to 5750 Redline is now set at 7200 rpm, the previous M5’s V10 revved on to rpm. While we will the high-revving, melodious V10 of yore, we miss its thirst for premium – and the low numbers that made it responsive when driven

We have no doubt that the new M5 engine is a better all-round plant that allows for everyday usability while nothing up on the racetrack. EPA fuel estimates give the M5 a 17 mpg city with 22 mpg on the highway.

While the is the heart of any M car, it’s far the only critical component. And the engine, other parts of the have been changed as dramatically. Also of note is the bolted rear subframe, does away with any or plastic bushings.

This method of connecting the subframe to the frame is usually for race cars, but in order to both feel and performance, M taken the most aggressive design approach possible. We it. Thanks to advanced suspension and months of fine-tuning, the M5 is still when driven in comfort despite its race car backbone.


All of the above information is and good, but it doesn’t paint the picture of the M5’s performance Nothing, aside from the M5 on a racetrack, could ever you a full perspective of its performance. It is too fast to fully unleash on roads. The bull in a China analogy comes to mind.

wheel-spin and opposite-lock drifts culminate in either … a collision, or a guilty habit plagues you during every moment – prodding you to go out for yet wild drive.

Thankfully, BMW us plenty of track time on picturesque Ascari race With many elevation and a compilation of challenging corners from other famous around the world, Ascari a worthy litmus test of the performance.

In a nutshell, the M5 behaves as a proper car once unleashed on the open BMW has included two M buttons on the steering which enact a plethora of presets if pressed. I set up M1 as my track with all electronic nannies off and the suspension, transmission, throttle and steering feel in their aggressive settings.

M2 was set for relaxed will all nannies on, the suspension, response and steering left in most comfortable, sedate

Private tests have 3.7 second 0-60 times in the M5, and playing with the launch I do not doubt this figure. My tells me that I may have hit a few sub 4.0 acceleration runs of my own.

on the racetrack the M5 immediately shrinks you, feeling much compact. Its considerable heft of lbs is felt, but mostly in quick and under braking. Steering is good, though, dare I say it, not It feels as if much of the satisfying we’ve grown used to in M cars has been siphoned leaving plenty of feel and to get the job done, but not so much as to feel pebble through the road

We miss this sensory-rich of the road surface previously by the M5.

A lap in the M5 feels something like full throttle down the straight, you feel your swing back towards the (even if you have short you then feel every hair stand straight up. level of acceleration will give you goose bumps. Up the gears you’ll feel the M5 from one to the next in rapid

The shifts are so quick you will feel them, acceleration is continuous since as one clutch go, the second one (in the 7-speed dual …) is already biting on the next gear.


Braking for the first corner you will feel your hair ’round – this to the front of your head. eyeballs may bulge slightly as you are by your seatbelt under G forces. Trail-braking into the the M5 displays excellent front-end and minimal understeer.

At apex core will get sore as abs and back work to fight the forces. The new M5 is equipped with Michelin Pilot Super tires sized 265/40R19 up 295/35R19 out back; this rubber plays an important in extracting every ounce of from the M5.

Back on the throttle you will again feel the massive of the M5 unleashed – all 560 hp at your With Dynamic Traction (DTC) switched the tail may wide, requiring a quick of opposite lock to keep the car on the trajectory. Up through the gears, time to repeat the process every corner until you run out of brakes, tires, fuel, or

Tracking the M5 is an otherworldly experience and if not one to frequent the racetrack, it will change your perspective of the M5.


After a day at the racetrack you may terrorizing public roadways is but in fact, the opposite is true. I am a proponent of track days for reason, because in some unleashing your sports car on the allows you to get it out of your system. Now for the hotel, I pressed M2 on the steering and transformed my crazed racing into a passive luxury

Bumps in the road surface are up by the suspension, and with the engine the cabin becomes a tranquil to relax and unwind from the of the day – whether at the office or the The plush leather seats are over long drives and the modern interior design is on the eyes. All of the latest tech are available including lane warning, heads-up display, and now brilliant iDrive infotainment

The Harman Kardon sound deserves its own paragraph in this – it exemplifies high sound. No matter the genre of played, the sound system each note with detail and precision. When the drops low the system responds crisp, powerful sound free of distortion even at volume levels.

The stereo in car alone in nearly worth the of admission.

As for practicality, you are missing from the regular 5 Series The M5 features the same cavernous space, generously dimensioned seats, and practical cubby and storage compartments. You can even a roof rack should you to take the M5 snowboarding.


M5 delivers on its promise to combine usability with occasional fun. Its muscular, bulging hints at its performance without juvenile in its mission. The duality by the tiny M buttons on the steering means that you are essentially two cars in one.

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