Bimmerpost member stealth.pilot provides this great report from his time spent with the F10 M5 at the BMW M Power Experience in Spain. He provides a breakdown of his likes and dislikes about the new 2012 M5, as well as a set of photos from the event.
This is my own first personal experience watching a review by Totalcar, but I have to say I loved it. The location, video footage and general hoonery is very Top Gear like. The presenter really hits on all the important themes and answered alot of my own questions about the M5 while having fun at the same time. By the end of the video, you can tell this car has really grown on the presenter and I think that says it all
The first reviews of the all-new 2012 BMW M5 have been full of praise (click here for an overview). Yet, some enthusiasts continue to pine for one thing - a manual transmission option. As reported before (and confirmed by an earlier set of spyshots), BMW will again offer a manual transmission for the new M5, likely for the US market only.
This new photo of the interior of a manual M5 unveils some subtle differences in the center console. The shifter itself seems to be fairly short and resembles the stick of the BMW 1 series M Coupe. The buttons placed next to the shifter for DSC, damper control, and other changeable settings are bigger and more rounded compared to the DCT version. It also seems that … CONTINUED
Buried in the monstrous new press release on the new F10 M5, we noticed an interesting new feature called “Active Sound Design.”
Behind this marketing term is a fairly simple idea. The new M5 reproduces the car’s engine sound via the in-car audio system. In other word, if you’re sitting inside the car you not only hear the engine but also an audio track of the engine based on throttle input, speed, and engine rev. As BMW puts it, this makes for better feedback as you hear exactly what the engine is doing. Another obvious benefit is that it allows to change the noise levels based on your driving behaviour as the reproduction by the audio system gets louder and more intense in Sport and Sport+ settings.… CONTINUED
Here’s the very first look at a production Imperial Blue Metallic F10 M5 (although it could also possibly be Azurite Black Individual which is also a dark blue/black color). Imperial Blue Metallic has a beautiful metallic blue hue to it when illuminated and is the darker of the F10 M5 colors. This particular 2012 M5 joined ///M Flight, an M owner’s club in Germany, this past weekend. Club members were given rides in the new monster 560hp M5 and got up to 187mph on the Autobahn! Photo set inside.
The 2011 Frankfurt IAA represents the F10 M5’s general public reveal and BMW has strutted out not just the typical Monte Carlo Blue launch color, but also in Moonstone (Individual color), and Alpine White. It felt like ///M heaven walking into the M area.
There was also a Monte Carlo Blue M5 being used to drive around the BMW track in the exhibit hall, as well as the F10 M5 Safety Car.
The Alpine White M5 was paired with a gorgeous Sakhir Orange interior with black piano trim, and optional enhanced seats. Each M5 featured blue brakes, which are standard
Also, to solve any confusion regarding the F10 M5’s steering, we confirmed that it is hydraulic steering.
Here’s the full feature video we’ve anxiously been waiting for since yesterday: The BMW M5 Green Hell Drive and Fly event. M-Power.com invited six lucky BMW M enthusiasts to drive and experience the all-new BMW M5 on the Ring earlier this month. This video captured their experience.
We’ve also added some photos showing the making of this video. Enjoy!
As we reported earlier, M-Power.com offered a unique chance to drive the all-new 2012 BMW M5 before its market launch. This event took place earlier this month on the Nürburgring and six happy enthusiasts from all over the world were invited.
Enjoy this trailer and stay tuned for the full video coming tomorrow, August 25th.
The German F10 M5 configurator has gone online — at BMW Germany’s website. F10 M5 intent owners and tire kickers can now see the different M5 configurations available (at least for Germany).
The Configurator can be found at http://www.bmw.de/de/de/general/conf…figurator.html
The BMW.com M5 visualizer has also been available since June.
The F10 M5 starts at 102,700 euros in Germany (equivalent of 148,129 USD). For comparison, the last price for the E60 M5 (Sep 2010) was EUR 94,700 which means a price increase of roughly 8.5%. Applying the same increase of 8.5% to the last US price (2010 M5) of $85,700, the new BMW M5 would be priced at $93,000 for the US. (* It’s important to note however that the U.S. market doesn’t just follow other markets and … CONTINUED