2011 Los Angeles Auto Show: 2012 BMW M5 Debut

By Jacob Brown | November 15, 2011
What's New Debuting at the Frankfurt Motor Show and already going through the automotive press throughout the world, all that was left for the 2012 BMW M5 super sedan was to show up for U.S. consumption. Finally, it has. With a debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show, BMW officially graces our shores with a fully production-ready high-power version of its fifth-generation sports sedan. Instead of carrying the last version's 5.0-liter V-10 engine, the new M5 uses a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8 that cranks out almost 60 horsepower more than the last M5 while returning 30 percent better fuel economy. It’s a more refined, more advanced car than the one it replaces. Yet uncorked, it can still hit 60 mph in around 4 seconds and breach the 190 mph speed barrier. The world’s premier sports sedan just got better. Who It's For For a wealthy, discerning enthusiast, a sports car might fill the role of a high-velocity weekender just fine. But what if he or she has a family? Enter: the M5. It has a seven-speed sequential manual gearbox, more computer sensors than NORAD, and an active rear differential in the driveline that keeps its 560-horsepower V-8 at bay. It also has all of the luxury features found in other, lesser BMW 5 Series models, including leather and iDrive. It’s a combination that can embarrass most sports cars. Competing against the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG, Cadillac CTS-V, and Porsche Panamera Turbo, the M5 stands in an elite group of sport sedans that can do almost everything well.
Key Features These days, a history of three decades of super-sedan sales in the U.S. isn't enough, so BMW has added the following to its laurels:
  • Supercar acceleration and an airliner-like top speed. Then again, with a price hovering at the bottom end of a six-figure, this ought to be the car’s primary selling point.
  • Dozens of engine, throttle, and suspension modes that allow the M5 to transform from a cushy luxury cruiser into a fire-breathing monster in a minute’s notice.
  • Exclusive luxury features like a suede headliner and aluminum trim on the dashboard that are only available in the M5.
  • Start-top technology and regenerative braking that help optimize fuel economy.
What We Think The BMW M5 has always led the class of high-performance sports sedans. At one point, it was the class. But with the recent addition of many competitors, the M5 has had to up its game to stay the top player in this segment. Initial tests show that the new M5 delivers and picks up the slack that the outgoing model couldn’t deliver on: namely off-the-line power and handling capabilities. Where some people have wondered if the new M5 would follow the rest of the luxury car’s range and “go soft,” rest assured that this doesn’t appear to be the case with the latest M5. In fact, the M5 raises the bar. Like other M5s, this will be a niche player. At almost $100,000, there are bigger, more luxurious cars to consider. But few, if any, of them will provide the same visceral experience. And even less of them will allow your whole family to join in the fun as you go tail-out on an open stretch of road. Like its predecessors, we fully expect it to be a hit.
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