The 2012 One Lap of America race kicked off this past weekend and the BMW Performance Driving School Team (Steve Maguire) is reporting in daily to provide live updates of the car and team’s progress.
Days 1 and 2 have passed and the M5 has already been on the wet skid pad, South Bend Motor Speedway, Autobahn Country Club, and the Mid-America Motorplex Mile Circuit. Check out Steve’s journal inside for how the M5 fared and to follow all daily updates for the rest of the … CONTINUED
The US Order Banks for the 2013 M5 F10 are now open and orders can finally be submitted for your M5 order! Dealers have not yet received their allocations yet, but order may be submitted nonetheless. Come share with us what configuration you have ordered.
Following the release of the full U.S. 2013 M5 order and price guide last week, the U.S. M5 online configurator is now available at BMWUSA.com.
The U.S. 2013 M5 order bank is set to open soon (we were told sometime the first week of May), at which point dealers will find out their M5 allocations and be able to submit customer orders. Production for U.S. bound M5s begin in July, for September delivery, and M5 European Deliveries begin in early September.
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Per the recently released 2013 M5 US Order Guide, the BMW M5 F10 will add a new color as of July production, and it’s most eye catching color yet – Sakhir Orange Metallic. This exterior paint color has been the launch/marketing color for the 2013 M6 coupe and for anyone who wants to be noticed in their M5, this color would surely do it
We’ve seen and posted photos of every standard and recommended Individual M5 color, but since there are no photos yet of a Sakhir … CONTINUED
An M5POST member shares with us his experience from BMW’s M Specialist Training at the BMW Performance Center in Spartanburg, SC. This is the program where BMW Client Advisors receive their certification as M Certified Sales Consultants. The biggest surprise of the experience came when the class got the first hotlap rides in the just delivered F10 M5. Here’s his account:
This past Monday and Tuesday, I went down to the Performance Center for the first time. I have been working for BMW for … CONTINUED
We present the just released 3D Design F10 M5! The 3D Design program for the F10 M5 features a robust line of carbon fiber aerodynamic accessories including a front lip, low splitters, side skirts, rear diffuser, and trunk spoiler. In addition to these pieces the roof spoiler from their existing F10 line will also be compatible.
The F10 M5 line will not stop at the aerodynamic portion of the brand. 3D Design will have their trademark exhaust system developed with Arqray as a technology partner. Currently … CONTINUED
Finally, here is the U.S. 2013 M5 Ordering Guide listing all standard equipment, options, packages, and related pricing (including European Delivery price).
Per BMW NA, the 2013 M5 US order bank (when your dealer will be able to submit your M5 order) is now anticipated to open the first week of May.
So what does your order look like? Download the full guide and share your build with us inside.
BMW’s DCT is an excellent transmission and is now without doubt the fastest production transmission offered by BMW, but enthusiasts who appreciate rowing their own gears still get a warm fuzzy feeling when seeing a manual transmission in a new BMW model, even if it’s already been confirmed and has been seen previously — such as the 6 speed shifter seen in this F10 M5.
There are just a few US spec F10 M5s roaming the US being driven by BMW employees or on loan as press … CONTINUED
Citrin Black is one of the recommended BMW Individual colors for the F10 M5 and we’ve also discovered that it’s one of the rarer BMW Individual colors ordered as there are not many examples of it on any BMW. Now here’s a shiny new example from M5POST member PeterM5 who just took delivery of this gorgeous Citrin Black 2012 M5.
It’s paired with piano black interior trim and platinum merino leather, making for a beautiful combination.
The F10 M5 features a controversial 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 coming from outside, but also an audio track of the engine based on throttle input, speed, and engine revs.
What wasn’t known until now is just how much of a difference this Active Sound feature makes in … CONTINUED
This weekend should see several more 2012 M5 (F10) North American deliveries as it’s the first weekend for Canadian deliveries after the cars landed and have had time to be prepped for delivery to customers.
This Alpine White M5 didn’t have to wait for the weekend however, as it has just been picked up by its owner, M5POST member bimmer.r.09. It’s an Alpine White exterior with Sakhir Orange interior, a striking combination.
Check out its first photos inside!
Here are the results of Sport Auto’s comparison test among the M5 F10, Panamera Turbo S, and E63 AMG Performance Package. The M5 doesn’t come out on top in the raw number categories, but still gets the nod from Sport Auto for its handling and overall dynamic package.
1st place: BMW M5 – 620 hp on the dyno (claimed: 560)
Tires: Michelin Pilot Supersport
Weight: 1963 kg
0-100 km/h (62 mph): 4.3 s
0-200 km/h (124 mph): 13.0 s
Flexibility (80-120 km/h) (50-75 mph) in 5th/6th gear: … CONTINUED
This 2012 M5 was traveling at top speed and lost control of the car as he braked for a car joining the highway. The 60 year old driver, 20 year old passenger, and a dog were all seriously injured, but are alive. Judging by the severity of the damage to the car, it’s a testament to the M5′s safety technology that no one was instantly killed.
It’s easy to forget sometimes just how much power our BMWs have and while they are some of the … CONTINUED
The M5 F10 is finally being delivered to North American owners! Congrats to M5POST member BMW0412 for being the first site owner to receive his 2012 M5. It’s a beautiful Monte Carlo Blue F10 M5 with Silvestone merino leather interior. Have a look at some of the car’s first photos and congratulate this lucky owner.
M5POST member cidair shows us how his recently delivered Silverstone F10 M5 looks against the E60 M5 in Silverstone. Both are beautiful cars. Check out the photos inside and let us know how you think the consecutive M5 generations compare.
Also inside are stats and photo comparisons we put together in the past comparing the M5 F10 to the M5 E60.
Have a look at a Frozen Silver F10 M5 fitted with BMW M Performance Parts, in black and carbon fiber. The parts provide a nice contrast against the beautiful matte silver exterior and gives the M5 an even sportier character by de-chroming.
The carbon fiber trunk spoiler (which the owner replaced the factory spoiler lip with), the sideskirts (which replaces the flared factory M5 sideskirts) and kidney grilles are all from the new M Performance Parts lineup. This M5 has also been fitted with gloss black gill … CONTINUED
The M5 Ring Taxi is officially back! Rides began recently (from Easter on) so it can now be booked. See the announcement below, via M-Power.com
For many, taking a trip in the BMW Ring-Taxi through the “Green Hell” is one of the most exciting experiences money can buy.
This will certainly be true again in 2012: from Easter the brand new BMW M5 will be used as the Ring-Taxi. There is space for up to three people to take a seat in the 560 bhp sedan and be … CONTINUED
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