These are the first official pictures of the all-new BMW M5, which is based on the latest generation of the 5-Series, the F10. The huge air intakes in the front bumper, side vents in the front wings bearing the M logo, 20 inch wheels with 265/35 front and 295/30 rear ZR-rated tires, and twin tailpipes at either end of the rear diffuser separate the top-of-the-range 5 series from its lesser brethrens.
The 2012 M5’s beauty is more than skin deep . The sonorous V10 of the previous generation has been traded out for a twin-turbocharged V8 power plant. Power is rated at 552hp, upped by 45 hp as compared to the V10 unit. It produces 2 hp more than its closest rival, the E63 AMG with performance package. More importantly, the peak horsepower is achieved at 6000rpm, which is 1750rpm lower than the V10. Torque has been hugely boosted from the existing 383 lb-ft to 501 lb-ft and is responsible for the car’s impressive century sprint figure of 4.4 seconds. It is said to reach 200km/h in 13 seconds. All this power is directed to the rear wheels via a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission or 6 speed manual transmission, and is transferred to the road through the M Division’s Active M Differential. The top speed is electronically limited to 250km/h.
The F10 M5 will be released to the public at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, and is expected to go on sale in November 2011.