The 2012 BMW M5 F10 finally gets its time on Top Gear tomorrow, March 11 on BBC UK. Richard Hammond will be the reviewer and in an attempt to prove it is better than a jet plane, pits May in a jet plane to beat him in a lap of the track. UK members set your TV recorders, and everyone else, look for clips online soon after the episode airs at 8PM UK time. Small preview inside.
It seems that the 2012 M5 (F10) increasingly needs to look to full out sports cars in order to find the appropriate competition. Multiple outlets have already compared it against the Nissan GT-R and now Autoweek pits the F10 M5 against the Jaguary XKR-S in a showdown of two cars which possess both gentlemanlike and hooligan traits.
This must have felt like Christmas for the folks at Autobild. Autobild knows what it takes to have a great story and has done a special edition on BMW M models, called “Fascination M.” In this special comparo, Autobild gives an overview of all current BMW M models as well as interesting insights into M GmbH. Most interestingly, Autobild pitted all (yes, all) currently available M models against each other on a German race track named Sachsenring.
The outcome? As you’d expect, the M3 CRT (it’s sold out but more info here) is the fastest M car Autobild has ever tested on Sachsenring as it clocked a 1:38.87 minute laptime (the M3 GTS isn’t available no more). An amazing second place goes to the brand-new F10 M5 … CONTINUED
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 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.