Thursday June 16th, 2011 22:50 BMW Reveals the M5


BMW has revealed the first official images and details of the latest version of its best known super-saloon, the M5. Set to be unleashed on the public in November, the production version of the fifth M car is nearly identical to the Concept M5 that was revealed back in April.

One area where the new M5 does differ from the Concept M5 is the engine. Whereas the concept car was powered by a V10 engine, the new M5 is to be powered by a 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine. This engine produces 552bhp and an impressive 680Nm of torque, making it the most powerful production engine ever seen in a BMW. The installation of a seven-speed double clutch auto box will enable drivers to handle this increased horsepower and torque with ease.

It is not just power and torque that have been improved for the M5, as fuel consumption and CO2 emissions have both been improved by 30%. Fuel consumption now stands at 28.5mpg with CO2 emissions at 232g/km. BMW say that stop-start and brake energy regeneration have played a part in this.

In terms of performance statistics, the BMW M5 certainly looks to be a very impressive model. The super-saloon can go from 0-62mph in just 4.4 seconds, while it takes 13 seconds to go from 0-124mph. The M5’s top speed is limited to 155mph, although buyers who opt for the ‘M Driver’s Package’ will see the limiter lifted to 190mph.

The M5 is fitted with electronically-controlled dampers, a stability control system, adjustable steering weight and an ‘M dynamic mode’. The interior of the car looks pretty luxurious, with sports seats, an M leather steering wheel and an M-specific instrument cluster. A head-up display also comes as standard, in addition to a 10.2 inch colour screen with iDrive control display.

Although there is no official price as of yet, the BMW M5 is expected to cost in the region of £73,000 when it goes on sale in the UK in November.

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