Fifth Gear’s Vicki Butler-Henderson takes the 2012 BMW F10 M5 out for a thrashing in the popular UK auto show’s review of the all new M5.
We won’t spoil it for you, so click on through for the video review.
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
Watch the first 2012 M5 (F10) publicly recorded high speed run, where the F10 M5 easily hits 300kmph (187mph) on the Autobahn. It’s a delight to see the speedometer climb so quickly, but also mad fun to hear the engine and exhaust noises as it rockets into the triple digit speeds. Video inside!
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.
This is perhaps the best sounding clip we’ve heard yet of the 2012 F10 M5. Many people have lamented the loss of the iconic naturally aspirated V10 of the previous generation M5 and one of the reasons is the expectation that the bi-turbo V8 won’t sound nearly as good. This exhaust clip may go far in convincing some people otherwise however. F10 M5 exhaust video clip inside.
The 2012 M5 (F10) will come in a fairly extensive choice of colors, including some beautiful individual exterior color options. One of the individual exterior color options is Brilliant White Metallic, which we’ve spotted hanging out at BMW M HQ in Garching, Germany.
Besides the individual brilliant white metallic exterior paint, the this M5 also has other individual options, such as the black painted mirrors and wheels. The red leather interior looks great set off against the white and black exterior color scheme.
As for not having blue brakes, it’s probably because it’s not a production M5, but a factory test car.
We’ve put together a color preview guide for the F10 M5, which can be seen at http://f10.5post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=546540
We’ve compiled the following gallery of new renders, past spy photos, and samples from other BMW models to give you an idea of what the color palette will look like on the 2012 F10 M5. This will hopefully help our future F10 M5 owner members decide on the color for their new M5.
As we posted about recently, the F10 M5 exterior color palette will include:
The exterior colors are as follows:
Black Sapphire Metallic
Monte Carlo Blue
BMW Individual exterior color options include:
A site member brings us the first photos of a completely revealed silverstone F10 M5. So far, the M5 has only been shown in production form in the Monte Carlo Blue color.
What most folks have not realized so far are the extensive modifications BMW has made to the F10 M5 engine. We point those out for you below, referencing BMW’s released info. Compared to the S85 engine of the E60 M5, BMW claims that “VALVETRONIC has also sharpened the responsiveness of this engine [S63Tü].
Here are the highlights of the new M5′s S63Tu engine and how it’s different from the S63 engine used for the X5 M and X6 M.
Two more innovations of the S63Tü:
- Innovative solenoid valve injectors in the new BMW M5 engine use multiple injections to achieve an extremely precise mixture preparation.
This is the biggest difference. As BMW puts it:
“Throughout each of its four previous generations, the heart of the BMW M5 has … CONTINUED