The fifth generation of the world’s most successful performance saloon, the BMW M5, will be seen for the first time at The Goodwood Festival of Speed 1-3 July 2011. The new car will make its UK debut in the BMW pavilion along with a selection of the Bavarian manufacturer’s hottest current cars and some famous racing cars celebrating anniversaries from its glorious heritage.
For more than 25 years the BMW M5 Saloon has defined the high-performance saloon. The new model raises the concept of the premium executive saloon, combining track-car dynamics and supreme touring comfort to an even higher level.
It features the most potent engine ever devised by BMW’s high-performance M division along with race-bred chassis technology that includes, for the first time, an Active … CONTINUED
BMW has published official photos and information on the new BMW M5 (F10) last week, and today we’re happy to share the very first video of the fully unveiled production M5 in action! Check it out inside.
The first pricing for the F10 M5 is in – for the UK. The 2012 M5 will be priced at £73,040 for UK buyers. At current conversion rates, this is approximately $118,306 US Dollars. Keep in mind however that the new M5 will be priced lower in the US. To give you a basis of comparison – the 2008 E60 M5 cost £65,890 in the UK, while costing $82,900 for the US.
Of course currency rates were different in 2008 than now, but using the same UK-US price ratio difference (~25%) from the 2008 model, the 2012 M5 would cost $91,895 in the US.
The online visualizer for the F10 M5 has been online since Thursday, and the German F10 M5 Catalog is now available for download. Together they reveals the range of exterior and interior color options, as well as visual previews of the colors. We list them (and provide some examples) inside.
The exterior colors are as follows:
Monte Carlo Blue
Black Sapphire Metallic
BMW Individual exterior color options include:
Brilliant White Metallic
Frozen Gray Metallic
Frozen Silver Metallic
Citrine Black Metallic
After BMW released their initial set of images for the new M5, we were sure another set would become available with beautiful scenery and high action. Well, I woke up this morning with a pleasant surprise. BMW has really outdone itself with this set of wallpapers, if you want a beautiful desktop image, this is it!
We’ve stacked the F10 M5 up against the E63 AMG and CTS-V, but there are other cars in the segment which warrant further comparison, namely the Porsche Panamera Turbo/S and the Jaguar XF-R.
This comparison covers cars from a wide range of prices – from $80,000 to $173,000, but on paper the performance specs and owner demographics are close enough to compare. Again, the real tests will come from test drives, reviews, and direct comparos of the M5 against its rivals.
Now that the Official F10 M5 Production stats and specs have been revealed, the natural question is how it compares to its most direct competitors. We undertake this comparison below, with a photo and specs shootout against two of the M5′s biggest rivals — the 2012 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG and the 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan.
As some might not know yet, Mercedes-Benz has recently announced the use of their new 5.5L twin turbo V8 for the E63 beginning this Fall. We’ve used this new engine’s specs to provide the most up-to-date comparison possible.
On paper, the super sedans are pretty evenly matched. The differences will come in the driving experience and real world test results. As BMW traditionally underrates their power figures, we expect the F10 M5′s real … CONTINUED
BMW has a good habit of keeping its production vehicles very close to their concept forms. This holds true with the just revealed F10 M5 as well, which is extremely close to its concept form. The only visual difference we spot by sight is the sleeker/smaller mirrors which were not present on the concept M5 and the more aggressive sideskirts on the production M5. The wheels are simply a silver version of the gloss black wheels on the concept M5.
We’ve put together a set of comparison photos to illustrate just how close the two designs are. For full details on the production F10 M5 so far, see the official thread.
The official specs and full technical details on the F10 M5 have now been released. Our official F10 M5 information thread has now been updated with all technical specs, data, and media.