We’ve covered the M3 CRT reveal at the M Night event, and now for the F10 M5, which was the second vehicle to make its appearance at M Night. Appearing in the beautiful monte carlo blue color that we’ve seen in the M5’s marketing materials, BMW’s new super sedan was certainly more beautiful in person than in online print (as usual). Its color was actually more vibrant and even more impressive in person. It even shows in the photos we took.
Here is a little preview of what they will show at tonight’s M Night from the M Festival at the Nurburgring, where there the 2012 BMW F10 M5 will make its public debut, along with the M3 lightweight sedan. This is the first fully uncovered production level 2012 M5 spotted on the roads. Follow our site along today and throughout the weekend for our entire coverage of the M Festival!
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
The new 2012 BMW M5 will be priced at EUR 102,700 in Germany. For comparison, the last price for the E60 M5 (Sep 2010) was EUR 94,700 which means a price increase of roughly 8.5%.
Earlier this week, BMW announced the price for the UK at £73,040 for UK buyers. The last UK price for the E60 M5 was £67,300 which also tranlsates to a price increase of 8.5%.
Applying the same increase of 8.5% to the last US price (2010 M5) of $85,700, the new BMW M5 would be priced at $93,000 for the US.
The German price list also gives away some more details. To answer a common question — the M5’s metallic blue brake calipers are standard equipment. In other word, you’ll always get the blue … 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.
It’s always a fun exercise to compare a just announced BMW model against its predecessor. It puts into perspective how much technology, engineering, and design has progressed in the 6-7 years since the last model. Here, we compare the F10 M5 (full official info) against the E60 M5 in the styling and performance departments.
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.