It’s been several months since we last discussed the topic of an all wheel drive M5. The last update we posted was news from Autocar claiming that an AWD version of the M5 had been approved.
Speaking at the new M5’s press launch in Spain, the F10 M5’s project leader, Max Ahme, touched on this subject. Although he did not confirm the approval of a AWD M5 already, he did let on about its very real possibility.
As M cars’ power figures continue to climb generation after generation and proper traction becomes an issue, Ahme admits that AWD transmissions may be the solution to effectively put down all the power to the ground.
Ahme admits that BMW is “thinking about it… If you are increasing power more and more, … CONTINUED
Here is the first sighting of a production F10 M5 in Singapore Gray, looking great with a Sakhir Orange interior. Despite all the different colors of F10 M5 prototypes we spied, this is the first look ever at the 2012 M5 in Singapore Grey. Singapore Gray is among the standard factory F10 M5 colors, the full list which are listed below.
Black Sapphire Metallic
Monte Carlo Blue
BMW Individual exterior color options include:
Brilliant White Metallic
Frozen Gray … CONTINUED
Here’s a preview of an upcoming Top Gear magazine feature where James May with the help of The Stig thrashes the F10 M5 thoroughly, while comparing it to its top competition - the E63 AMG sedan. Check out some preview words and some Stig driving footage inside.
Autocar is the first to come in with a direct head to head comparison of the F10 M5 against its competitors, in this case the E63 AMG and the Jaguar XF-R. They make their pick, although for very specific reasons which may not matter to those looking to make a decision for a daily driver. See the review inside.
The rumored F11 M5 is previewed by rendering artist Theopilus Chin.
The first drive acclaims for the 2012 M5 continue as Motor Trend posts their first take on the F10 M5. Calling it improved with age, like a bottle of fine wine, Motor Trend believes that the F10 M5 is better than the E60 M5 in every way. How’s that? See some excerpts inside.
EVO Magazine’s Chris Harris’ video review of the BMW F10 M5 has now been posted, following his initial print review.
After his initial drive, Harris called the 2012 BMW M5 “mostly awe-inspiring” and said that there is no other powertrain like this in a series production car. He called the F10 M5’s performance outrageous and gave it a full 5 star rating.
In this video, Harris posts and addresses the following main questions:
- Has it got any range (fuel)?
- Has it got torque?
- Can you not rev the tits off it and still go quite quickly?
- Does its gearbox want to break your neck everytime you change gears quickly?
- Can an M5 really be turbocharged?
Autocar’s Steve Sutcliffe reviews the 2012 BMW F10 M5 on video, giving us some excellent visual and audio of the F10 M5 experience. He’s overall impressed and sums up by calling the new M5 still a proper lunatic’s car. We like that!
Autoblog posts their review of the F10 M5 with a lofty summary - that it sets the holy standard for mixing performance with luxury. How does it do so? Read on.