The BMW F10 M5 continues to impress, this time with its official Hockenheim lap time. It took BMW M’s latest and greatest super sedan just 1:12.90 to lap the track.
To put this into perspective, the M5 was faster than the E60 M5 (1:16.06), the 2009 Panamera Turbo (1:13.70), and the 2011 Mercedes CLS 63 AMG with Performance Package (1:13.90). The new M5 is the fastest BMW on the list behind only the BMW M3 GTS (1:12.90).
The time was achieved at the hands of Horst von Saurma, the chief editor of the German automobile magazine sport auto. Sport Auto is known for their “super tests” which uses a “Hockenheim Short” configuration for their famous tests.
The 2011 LA Autoshow press days kicked off today and while the headline of BMW’s display here are the North American debuts of the BMW i8 and BMW i3 (press conference to come later this afternoon), the F10 M5 is also making its public premiere in North America.
To mark the debut, BMW is showing a stunning Frozen Silver F10 M5, the first time that this factory offered BMW Individual color has been seen on the F10 M5!
Frozen silver is among the range of BMW Individual exterior colors available for the 2012 M5. Here is the full list:
Brilliant White Metallic
Frozen Gray Metallic
Frozen Silver Metallic
Citrine Black Metallic
Azurite … CONTINUED
The new M5 Saloon will be available in the UK in November 2011, priced at £73,040 on-the-road.
For more than 25 years the BMW M5 Saloon has defined the high-performance saloon segment, in the process becoming the most successful car of its type in the world. Now a new fifth-generation 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, here making its world premiere, along with race-bred chassis technology that includes, for the first time, an Active M differential and electronic damping control. The unique exterior design has been dictated by the technical requirements of the car, while the luxurious sports car-like cockpit … CONTINUED
There are some things you can’t get enough of, and seeing the new BMW F10 M5 in motion surely is among them. BMW UK has just released a new video showing a Black Sapphire Metallic F10 M5 playing in the countryside on some twisties. As an upscale executive sedan, black works really well on the new M5 and it will likely be one of the most popular colors.
The 2012 M5 will be available in Europe later this month, while US customers will have to wait until summer 2012 to get their hands on the first cars.
The F10 M5 is powered by the lethal BMW bi-turbo V8 S63Tu motor outputting 560hp and 501 lb-ft torque. The specs signal that new M5 is good for some fast top speed runs, but how fast? This video demonstrates how quickly the F10 M5 achieves 196 MPH (315 kmh) – in just under an impressive minute.
This model is obviously top speed unlimited as the regular top speed of the F10 M5 is 250kmh (155mph) and 305kmh (189mph) with M Drivers Package.
Here’s a few beautiful wallpapers featuring the 2012 BMW M5 (F10) at the hands of Top Gear’s Stig and James May, as well as some nice images featuring previous generation M5s.
The full F10 M5 review by James May can also be found inside.
Here’s another account posted by one of our members of the BMW M Power experience featuring the 2012 F10 M5 being held currently at the Ascari track and a resort in Spain.
Eugene provides his opinion on the F10 M5 driving experience versus the E90/E92 M3. He’s also posted some photos as well as some video from the entire experience. Check it out inside.
BMW has a habit of underrating their cars’ official power and performance figures. This trend continues with the F10 M5 which is officially listed as achieving 0-62mph in 4.4 seconds, but has now been tested by Car and Driver as hitting 60mph in just 3.7 seconds! It also covers the quarter mile in 12.0 seconds at 122mph [from the C&D December 2011 issue].
Compare this to the 2009 E63 AMG, with which C&D achieved a 0-60mph of 4.0 seconds and quarter mile of 12.5 seconds at 115mph. Also compare to the 2012 CLS E63 AMG with performance pack with which C&D achieved 0-60mph in 3.8 seconds and a quarter-mile of 12.0 seconds
What about the F10 M5′s most direct competitor – the 2012 E63 AMG? Since the 2012 … CONTINUED
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.