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 |  May 10 2012, 9:01 AM

What’s more M than M? Why, an M Performance Edition of a BMW M car of course. Confused? You should be.

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 |  Mar 26 2012, 7:31 AM

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The 2013 BMW M5 will compete in this year’s One Lap of America, driving 3,300 miles in the eight day event while competing in several motorsports events.

The M5 will compete in the Luxury Sedan class for top honors in the new “Showroom Stock” class. It’s the perfect event for the German automaker to show off just how perfect its new M5 sedan is in terms of performance, drivability, and all-around functionality. Piloting the 2013 M5 starting on May 4th, 2012 will be instructors from the BMW Performance Center, that is home to BMW’s Performance Driving School.

The new-generation M5 features a 4.4L twin-turbo V8 powerplant with 552-hp and 502 lb-ft of torque mated to a seven-speed M dual-clutch transmission. It should be one of the strongest contenders in the Luxury Sedan class, even without a single modification and stock tires. It was already unofficially crowned the World’s Fastest Sedan with a 7:55 Nurburgring lap time.


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 |  Sep 19 2011, 10:00 AM

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There’s no denying that the 2012 BMW M5 probably deserves a higher spot on our Frankfurt Auto Show Top 10 list, but here it is anyway. Maybe it’s that we all knew several months ago that it would have a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 and make 562-hp that made its “official” reveal less captivating than it otherwise could have been. Still, don’t let the 10th place spot make you believe we think any less of what is likely to be crowned as the world’s highest performance sedan. After all, the M5 delivers the sort of performance you only expect to see in a concept car. But this is one very real machine.

 |  Sep 14 2011, 2:08 PM


BMW has been teasing us with video clips and tidbits of information, now the latest F-10 M5 has been revealed in full production form. And it seems, most of the rumors were true. The car is indeed powered by a twin-turbo charged 4.4-liter V8 engine, rated at 560 horsepower and 506 lb-ft of torque, providing drive to the rear-wheels through a seven-speed double clutch transmission with BMW’s M drivelogic.

In order to help get the substantial amount of power and torque effectively to the monster rear tires, an active differential is standard; just as well really, for this two ton Autobahn burner will reportedly do the 0-62 mph (0-100 km) dash in 4.4 seconds. Although top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph, with the optional M Driver’s Package, up to 190 mph is reportedly possible!

BMW says that the 2012 M5 delivers 9.9 liters per 100 km (23.75 mpg US) in the EU combined fuel economy test cycle, a gain of some 30 percent over the old and much lamented E60 chassis, V10 powered version.

The new M5 will go on sale in Europe in Spring 2012, at press time, there was no word on when North American deliveries would begin nor feature content for stateside models. We’ll keep you posted of any developments.



 |  Aug 25 2011, 11:54 AM

It’s the experience of the lifetime. In fact, it’s several, all rolled into one.

To help celebrate the launch of the all new 2012 M5, BMW flew six lucky winners to Germany where they became the very first to drive what will no doubt soon be crowned as the world’s most high performance sedan. Better yet, all six were taken to the Nurburgring to drive car, and get the ride of their lives sitting shotgun for a few hot laps.

Get full details on the new M5 here and look for more photos from its Frankfurt Auto Show debut in the weeks to come.

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 |  Aug 21 2011, 11:40 AM

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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.


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 |  Jun 28 2011, 11:00 AM

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Reports of the BMW M5′s record-setting Nurburgring lap time are just starting to circulate now, well after we first covered the story last week. The source for the 7:55 run didn’t come from BMW, however, nor did it come from testing done by the automotive media, but from a website, raising some doubt as to its validity. Further calling into question the legitimacy of the number is the fact that it ever so conveniently tops the Porsche Panamera Turbo by one second.

We contacted and Krisjanis Zelch, a representative for the site, told us that he has, “no reason to question its legitimacy.” According to their source the time was mentioned by F10 M5 project leader Albert Biermannn during the debut of the car over the weekend at the Nurburgring.

Cautioning that he didn’t hear the news himself, Zelch did say that it came from a trusted source. “Judging from past experience, I am absolutely certain that this laptime is genuine (as genuine as lap time claims by factories can be) and in future I expect even faster laptimes resulting from independent tests.”

When contacted, BMW PR representative Dave Buchko neither confirmed or denied the time, stating that it, “is not an official time, so I’m afraid I’m not in a position to provide confirmation.” There’s no telling on if or when BMW plans to make an official timed run.

 |  Jun 25 2011, 8:24 PM

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With a BMW factory driver behind the wheel of BMW’s new M5, the luxury sedan has reportedly turned in a lap time of 7:55 around the famed Nurburgring. This makes it the world’s fastest sedan, ahead of Porsche‘s Panamera Turbo (7:56) and Cadillac‘s CTS-V (7:59), and puts it on par of other supercars such as Ferrari’s F430 and is even one second quicker than Porsche’s 996 Turbo.

Powered by a 4.4L V8 twin turbo engine, this accomplishment proves BMW’s M-models have hardly skipped a beat against the competition. It will be interesting to see how BMW’s competitors respond with their next-generation sedans, but it clearly proves that the Germany automaker’s devotion to twin turbo powerplants is paying off.

A word of caution; the time is in no way an official BMW number and we can’t verify the validity of the source ( It’s almost not necessary, however, with the new M5 almost certain to run a solid sub-eight minute lap around the Ring.


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[Source: TeamSpeed]

 |  Jun 21 2011, 2:35 PM


Those that have been waiting in anticipation for BMW‘s next-generation M5 can now entertain themselves with an online configurator, albeit rather limited in options. The online configurator offers a full 3D render of the upcoming M5, complete with 360-degree views of the interior and exterior and a static shot of the cockpit.

The exterior currently features seven metallic finishes including our favorite, Space Grey. And no BMW would be complete with the infamous Alpine White paint choice, which is the M5′s only non-metallic finish currently available.

Two different types of wheels are also available for picking, one being a multi-split spoke style, while the other is your traditional BMW split-five spoke wheel.

For the interior, the M5 will have three color combination choices with leather and full leather option for each. We’re definitely interested to see how the Sakhir Orange/Black Merino combination plays out in person with an Alpine White exterior. The interior trim options are standard BMW issue with fine-wood brown, fine-wood anthracite and aluminum available.

BMW has informed the public that more options will be added soon to the configurator, but for now it looks like they’re just hoping you’re saving away to get one of these bad boys when they’re ready to hit the streets.

[Source: BMW]

 |  Jun 15 2011, 7:41 AM

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If you’ve been eagerly awaiting the first official pics of the 2012 BMW M5… wait no longer. With a planned debut months from now at the Frankfurt Auto Show, a huge selection of images has found its way onto the net.

Subtle as always, the super sedan gets some aerodynamics tweaks, while give-aways include four exhaust pipes, 20-inch wheels and those trademark fenders.

Under the hood is reportedly a version of the automaker’s 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 making 552-hp at 6000 rpm, while torque is pegged at 501 lb-ft. A dual-clutch automatic will be the go-to transmission, although a 6-speed manual is reportedly planned for North America as well.

Full details will have to wait until much closer to the M5′s official launch, and expect to hear more about the extensive suspension upgrades and fuel-saving technology then.


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[Source: AutoZeitung]

 |  Jun 01 2011, 6:33 AM

BMW has just released the latest teaser video for its upcoming 2012 M5 and this time the super sedan is at Italy’s famous high speed Nardo Ring.

There’s not a lot too this video, but it’s still pretty cool and we do get a glimpse at the M5 in a new shade of blue. There’s also a short sound clip of the engine, which you can call your Wednesday a wasted 24 hours of life if you don’t hear it.

BMW even infuses some dry German humor into the piece with a shot showing the car driving 308 km/h (191 mph), followed by another shot of an engineer sipping coffee behind the wheel.

Previous to this, BMW released a video showing the new M5 undergoing handling testing in Mirimas France (see that here) and you ca get a good idea of what the car will look like from the concept here.

As for the powertrain, look for a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 making well over 555-hp with the 2012 BMW M5 set to debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show this Fall.

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 |  May 10 2011, 8:17 AM

If you’re waiting for the debut of the 2012 BMW M5, you’ll have to keep on waiting. Not set to debut until the Frankfurt Auto Show this Fall, BMW is at least keeping those interested in the car (who isn’t?) appeased with plenty of teaser videos, images and a concept car.

The latest installment of the slow roll-out of info is this video detailing the car’s testing at BMW’s facility at Miramas in the south of France.

There’s plenty of action and more info about the latest M5. Specific details will have to wait until much closer to the Frankfurt show. Until then, rest assured the 555+ horsepower twin-turbo V8 M5 will handily out-shine its rivals.

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 |  May 09 2011, 6:45 AM

Originally rumored to only be offered with an 8-speed automatic, BMW has since confirmed the 2012 M5 will instead use a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission to help deliver super quick gearshifts. What BMW has yet to announce, however, is if the new M5 will also get a manual transmission option. Now it appears they don’t need to as the video below seems to confirm the existence of a traditional stick shift and third pedal.

Spotted testing in Southern California, the car certainly displays the jerkiness of a manual, while the squealing brakes you can hear are believed to be evidence of ceramic rotors.

When it does finally debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show this Fall, look for a twin-turbo V8 engine making more than 555-hp, as well as fuel saving technology like start-stop and regenerative braking.


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 |  May 03 2011, 7:16 AM

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BMW‘s new M5 looks to gain more from its X5 M and X6 M counterparts than just their twin-turbocharged V8 engine. According to a report by AutoCar, BMW sources have confirmed the M5 will be available with AWD.

At the recent Shanghai Auto Show, BMW unveiled a concept version of the next M5 and company execs have confirmed the production model will get a version of the twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 making in excess of 555-hp. Mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox, the car will also be far more efficient than the outgoing V10 model, with fuel efficiency being improved through the use of start-stop technology and brake energy regeneration to power electrical aspects of the car.

While not confirmed, the new M5 is likely to get a version of the AWD system found in the X5 and X6 M, taking BMW’s xDrive system to a new level. While all other xDrive models are only capable of sending power front to rear, the Dynamic Performance Control System in the two M SUVs can also distribute power left to right in the rear.

As though there was any doubt, BMW has also confirmed it will not deliver an M5 built on the Chinese-market long wheelbase 5er platform.

The new M5 will debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show this Fall.


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[Source: AutoCar]

 |  Apr 04 2011, 7:40 AM

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After leaked photos hit the web this past weekend, BMW has released official images of the 2012 BMW M5 Concept.

Set to debut at the Shanghai Motor Show in just two weeks time, this concept car is a near visual match to the production model, with the gaping M front fascia, flared fenders, huge wheels and, of course, those trademark fenders. Out back there’s a revised diffuser with four exhaust pipes, plus a modest trunk-lid spoiler.

In a release BMW confirms the twin-turbo V8 engine, which BMW promises, “generates the power output required for outstanding performance.”

GALLERY: 2012 BMW M5 Concept

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 |  Apr 02 2011, 10:01 PM


BMW‘s next M5 might just be the most eagerly anticipated car of the year and thanks to some leaked photos from a recent event in Munich, you no longer have to wait until the Frankfurt Auto Show this fall to see what it looks like.

Truth be told, this is not the actual 2012 M5, but a concept version of the car that very closely resembles the production model. The car was supposed to be kept under wraps until the Shanghai Auto Show later this month, but a selection of pics have leaked out from a Russian web site.

No official details have been divulged, but the next M5 will come powered by a twin-turbo V8 making at least 555-hp; and unlike its predecessor, it will also have torque.



[Source: Transmissia via JonSibal]

 |  Mar 28 2011, 7:32 AM

Usually when it comes to high-performance vehicles the discussion almost always has to deal with the car’s engine. Not so with the upcoming 2012 BMW M5.

With a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 all but confirmed, the interwebs has been all atwitter about what transmissions will be offered. Assumed to be a dual-clutch unit all along, then came a report that only a old fashioned automatic would be available. Since being (allegedly) debunked, the latest rumor is that a dual-clutch gearbox will be standard throughout the world, but that a six-speed manual will be available, but only in North America.

This seems likely, as BMW learned its no-manuals lesson the last time around with the previous M5. Initially scheduled to only be a paddle-shift SMG gearbox, fans protested and BMW was forced to offer an old-fashioned stick shift.

Look for more details in the months to come, with the car scheduled to debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show this Fall.

[Source: BMWBlog]

 |  Mar 18 2011, 10:10 AM

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BMW will unveil its new 2012 M5 uber sport sedan at the Frankfurt Auto Show in the Fall, but like us, you’re probably impatient.

Thanks to Duron Automotive Artwork (commissioned b y the M5Board), we’ve got something to keep you entertained in the mean time: renderings of the new machine.

Full details on the next-gen M5 are sure to be revealed in the coming months, but we do know it will be powered by a twin-turbocharged BMW V8, making in excess of 555-hp.

Browse through the gallery of selected renderings below and get even more pics by visiting the M5Board here.

GALLERY: 2012 BMW M5 Renderings

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[Source: M5Board]

 |  Mar 17 2011, 9:21 AM

Alongside the new 6 Series Coupe and a special long wheelbase 5 Series plug-in hybrid, BMW will debut a concept version of the new M5 at the Shanghai Motor Show next month.

Teased incessantly by the German automaker the car will get a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 making no less than 555-hp and mated to a dual-clutch transmission. It is also rumored to use a type of KERS hybrid system.

Officially set to debut in production form at the Frankfurt Auto Show this fall, the concept should give a close look at what to expect.

Other vehicles expected to be revealed in Shanghai include the Audi Q3 crossover and the new Volkswagen Beetle, with a simultaneous unveiling at the NY Auto Show.

[Source: Auto Motor und Sport]

 |  Mar 16 2011, 12:40 PM

For those of you who can’t wait until BMW releases their new M5 sports sedan at this September’s Shanghai Auto Show, the company has just released new videos of the car undergoing winter testing in Austria, but you’ll need to speak German if you want to catch any of the dialog.

With a twin-turbo V8 and a dual clutch transmission, the new M5 should be a departure from the raucous V10 and single clutch gearbox offered on the E60 M5. Hopefully, the car hasn’t been diluted in the process.


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 |  Mar 13 2011, 8:24 PM

Did you hear that? Yup, a collective sigh of relief from the nearly 5 million fans BMW has on Facebook.

Back in February Motor Trend stirred the Bimmer fanboy pot by reporting (erroneously) that the upcoming M5 would come exclusively with an automatic transmission. Instead, MT stated it would get the same ZF 8-speed auto-box as in the X5 M and X6 M, claiming BMW engineers couldn’t make the brand’s 7-speed DCT hold up to the M5′s tremendous torque.

That report has now been debunked by Chris Harris of EVO Magazine, who was recently invited to the arctic to drift the M5 on a frozen lake. Harris admits it’s a pretty pointless exercise, but we wouldn’t turn down the chance either.

In a brief article he reports that the car does in fact have a 7-speed DCT and that output is beyond that of the 555-hp M SUVs. Shift times are quicker than the current M5′s single-clutch setup too!

Look for more info to slip out in the lead-up to the car’s Frankfurt Auto Show debut in September.

[Source: EVO]

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 |  Mar 04 2011, 10:45 AM

It’s been quite a while since we’ve heard or seen anything on BMW‘s upcoming M5 model. Until now.

Dropping just after several debuts at the Geneva Auto Show, BMW is quickly changing gears from a focus on green transportation and in-car technology back to something it has always done best – high-performance.

Shown from numerous angles in this teaser video, there’s also a short schpeel from BMW M boss Dr. Kay Segler explaining how at the push of a button the M5 will transform from a serious sedan to a real sports car.

Rumored to use BMW’s twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 engine making well over 550-hp, the new M5 is also expected to get some hybrid elements, including a KERS-style regenerative braking system.

The official debut is still a long ways off, however, with the new M5 set to debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show this September.

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 |  Feb 15 2011, 9:54 AM

BMW purists, grab your pitchforks, light your torches and march on Munich. Why? Because the new M5 won’t have a manual transmission. Worse still, it won’t even get a dual-clutch setup, but a true Mercedes-Benz style slushbox.

According to a report by Motor Trend, BMW engineers planned to use the Getrag M Dual Clutch Transmission for the new M5 and M6, but found the unit wasn’t capable of handling the car’s power – which is rumored to be as high as 578-hp. Apparently new actuators would have solved the problem, but also would have created another one, slowing the gear change time and essentially negating the entire point of a DCT.

As a result, BMW has decided to go with the same 8-speed ZF automatic used in the X5 M and X6 M, complete with manumatic shifting.

True BMW fans are certain to revolt at the news (perhaps even making a Hitler Youtube parody), but their power should not be underestimated. The current M5 model was initially offered only with a 7-speed SMG transmission (and we thought that was bad news then), but BMW was eventually forced into offering a manual due to consumer demand.

[Source: MotorTrend]

 |  Aug 09 2010, 6:26 PM

Thanks to the folks at 5Post we have more BMW M5 spy photos to bring you – including many of the best yet. The pictures are less about the overall shape of the car and more about details, like the rear lip spoiler on the trunk. Also of note are 19-inch wheels on the test mule with 265 front and 295 rear tires.

The photos also give us a great glimpse inside the cabin of the next M5, showing a tachometer with a 7000 rpm redline. The much lower redline is, of course, due to the use of a twin-turbocharged V8 engine. Similar to the one found in the X5 M and X6 M, we expect it to make more than the 555-hp either of those vehicles produces.

Of particular note on the interior are the M1 and M2 switches on the steering wheel, perhaps indicating different drive modes for the car that has been rumored to use a hybrid setup to deliver added bursts of power.

No firm details of a launch are set, but the 2012 M5 has been rumored to debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show next September. Between now and then, however, the two best possibilities are the upcoming Paris Auto Show this Fall as well as the Geneva Auto Show in March.

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