BIMMERPOST shares with you our short term road test review of the 2012 BMW F10 M5, taken place over two weeks of daily driving with the M5.
Some people don’t like change. But BMW isn’t some people (or even a person), so it’s no surprise that they don’t mind change. Take the new BMW F10 M5 for instance: The mighty yet rushed 1 Series M Coupe and some M trucks aside, the new M5 is the first true M car to get a turbocharged engine. So, is it still a true M? After 14 days and roughly 2,000km in a 2012 Frozen Grey M5, I think I can give my subjective answer.
The F10 5 series is neither small nor light, and the same holds true … CONTINUED
The M5 recently made its return to Nurburgring taxi duty while taking on a different and newer form - the F10 M5. We previously posted footage of the M5 taxis running around the ‘Ring,’ but here’s in-car footage from a one lap run around the track. Check out the cool superimposed track map, speed, and G-force displays.
The taxi ride was a gift from a son for his dad’s 65th birthday and the driver was Walter Haup, an M5 taxi driver and instructor for M driver training programs.
The lap time isn’t nearly what the F10 M5 is capable of as the point of M5 taxi rides is not to achieve the best time possible, but the fastest Nurburgring lap time officially listed for the F10M is 7:55 … CONTINUED
Site member Palbay spotted the new F13 M6 Coupe in Sakhir Orange with M Carbon Ceramic Brakes at the BMW Performance Center in Spartanburg, SC. Posing next to it was a Monte Carlo Blue M5 for a good visual comparison of the two cars.
Here are the physical stats compared between the M6 coupe and M5 sedan.
M6 - 1374 mm
M5 - 1451 mm (3.03 inches higher than M6 coupe)
M6 - 2106 mm (to side mirrors)
M5 - 2119 mm (to side mirrors) (0.51 inches wider than M6 coupe)
M6 - 4898 mm
M5 - 4910 mm (0.47 inches longer than M6 coupe)
M6 - 2851 mm
M5 - 2964 mm (4.44 inches longer than M6 coupe)
Weight (unladen (DIN/EU)):
M6 - 1850kg / 1925kg (4078 lb / 4243 lb)
M5 - 1870kg / 1945kg … CONTINUED
Akrapovic has released a feature video showcasing their evolution exhaust system for the F10 M5.
The exhaust manufacturer claims a +10hp, +17Nm (12.5 lb-ft) torque gain, and 12kg (26 pounds) weight saving over the factory exhaust.
The system is claimed to lower the back pressure and gives the M5 more power and torque through the whole range of RPMs while increasing responsiveness. Gains are achieved without removing the catalytic converters.
The new Evolution exhaust system consists of newly developed dual-outlet mufflers with exhaust valves, flow-optimized pipes, and a cast titanium X-shaped part with resonators. The X-pipe, valves, and flange assembly are produced in the company’s foundry. The system is available with either titanium or the carbon fiber exhaust tips seen in the video.
Italian tuner Romeo Ferraris has announced its tuning program for the F10 M5.
Featuring a ECU software tune and sports exhaust system, it pushes the M5 to 657 PS (648 hp) and 790 Nm (583 lb-ft) torque. That’s +97 PS (96 hp) and 110 Nm (81 lb-ft) increase over the factory M5 power figures.
The sports exhaust system alone (featured in the video below) is claimed to provide a +21 hp and +30 Nm of torque gain.
BMW Group remains on successful course in second quarter
- New record figures for sales volume and revenues
- Second-best quarterly earnings in the company’s history
- Profit before financial result amounts to € 2.27 billion
- Automotive Segment second-quarter EBIT margin of 11.6%
- BMW Group reaffirms targets for financial year 2012
Munich. The BMW Group continued its success during the second quarter as well as in the six-month period to June 2012, achieving new record figures for sales volume and revenues and the second-best Group operating profit in the company’s history.
Second-quarter revenues rose by 7.3% to € 19,202 million (2011: € 17,888 million). Group earnings remained at a high level despite greater investment in new technologies and higher personnel costs: Profit before financial result (EBIT) amounted to € 2,270 million … CONTINUED
Our only 5 Series to F10 M5 look conversion so far gets an updated look with a new matte grey color and new wheels. The Beautiful photos are by John Battle Photography.
- 21″ MORR MultiForged MS5.2 Concave Wheels - brushed lips and brushed centers with tinted matte clear
- Falken FK452 tires
- OEM European M5 front bumper
- OEM M5 front fenders
- OEM gloss black performance grilles
- 3D Design M5 carbon fiber front lip
- 3D Design M5 carbon fiber rear diffuser
- Stoptech front big brake kit painted Estoril Blue
- Rear calipers painted Estoril Blue
- Slotted rear rotors by R1 Concepts
- OEM M sport rear bumper with shaved reflectors
- 3M Matte Grey Aluminum wrap by Elevated Auto … CONTINUED
On July 21, 2012 the M Owners Club of Indonesia (MOCI) had their monthly event in Bandung, attended by 20+ M cars - ranging from 1Ms, M3s, E60 & F10 M5s, and M6. Seen at the event were many updates to members’ cars like a CRT front lip on the frozen gray M3, a couple done up 1Ms, and a 12″ ADV.1 on E90 M3. Looking forward for the next event! Video by Aryo and photos by Leonard of LEONARD ADAM Photography.
Although it’s a powerful beast, it’s clear that a stock F10 M5 is no match for the Ferrari 458 on the track. But, how about a tuned M5 with 640hp? The M5 is tuned by PP-Performance to 640HP and 780 NM torque. Goes from 0-100kmh in 3.9 seconds and 310kmh top speed.
Check out the results from this comparison video of the M5 vs Ferrari at the Yas Marina track in Abu Dhabi.