It’s perhaps the only automotive venue in the world where the new BMW M5 won’t get the attention it deserves. Then again, it’s hard to compete with the 100 year old rolling sculptures on display at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Eelgance.
Debuting at the Nurburgring 24 Hour Race, the new M5 is scheduled to get its official world premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month, but it’s made the trip across the Atlantic, and all the way to the West Coast of California first. Surprise!
On display next to the “Concept Lawn”, this is the first North American showing for what promises to be the most amazing performance sedan the world has ever seen. Powered by a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 it makes an incredible 552-hp, with 502 lb-ft of torque available at just 1500 rpm. Mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission the M5 delivers a 0-60 mph time of 4.4 seconds and can hit 190-mph with an optional M package.
New “green” tech features include an auto start-stop function, as well as a Brake Energy Regeneration system that help to cut fuel consumption by as much as 30 percent.
GALLERY: 2012 BMW M5