After 28 years in the U.S., the fifth generation of the BMW M5 hits stateside, more powerful and faster than ever. The 2012 BMW M5 has grown up, sporting more features and technology than anyone will ever know what to do with in one of the world's premier sports sedans.
Although it weighs more than 4200 pounds, the 2012 BMW M5 boasts a torquey 560-horsepower twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 that outshines the high-revving 5.0-liter V-10 from the previous M5 in almost every way possible. Horsepower is up 10 percent, torque is up a whopping 30 percent, and fuel consumption is expected to increase 30 percent over the 11 mpg city/17 mpg highway of its predecessor. Brake energy regeneration will conserve power and recycle it. Power is routed through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission similar to that in the M3. However, though rumors have persisted for the U.S. market to get a proper 6-speed manual transmission like the last-generation model, no evidence suggests that one is in the pipeline.
Still, the BMW M5 stakes a claim -- and rightfully so -- as a technological masterpiece, distilling all the best technology BMW has to offer into one car. With three electronic suspension programming modes, six transmission modes, and two M buttons for throttle control and stability on various roads and in different climates, the 2012 M5 can provide a driver with precision controls for almost everything. What's more, the M5 does so while coddling the driver and four passengers in the best-outfitted interior available for the 5 Series range. Next Page »