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by Brett Davis

The 2012 BMW M5 has just been revealed in full after images and details were leaked online.

According to the details and images first published in German auto magazine AutoZeitung, the 2012 BMW M5 will feature a twin-turbo 4.4-litre V8 producing 418kW of power at 6000rpm and 680Nm of torque available from as little 1500rpm. BMW is still yet to officially confirm these figures, so that diesel-like low-rev torque availability might not be completely correct.

What we do know is the next M5 will feature a proper performance-oriented body kit complete with an aggressive face. The front bumper bar will include two large and sharp front air ducts for the front brakes in the sides, and one large central scoop at the bottom to feed air through the radiators.

The back also contains an equally aggressive eager-to-race rear bumper bar design featuring a quad tailpipes and a gaping diffuser to extract large sums of air from underneath the car, helping to push the vehicle down into the ground for added downforce and traction.

Although ‘M’ cars were originally designed to be discreet and modest in appearance, this new M5 certainly stands out as a brutal sports car. Those large deep dish 20-inch rear wheels with 295/30ZR tyres (265/35 ZR20 front) aren’t going to fool anyone too easily, and the trademark ‘M’ grille on the front guards with chrome outlining also gives the game away.

At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter how onlookers will perceive it, the new M5 will sprint from 0-100km/h in just 4.4 seconds and provide a de-limited top speed of 305km/h.

Prices for the new BMW M5 are expected to start at around 100,000 euro in Germany. Australian prices are yet to be confirmed – the previous V10 M5 started at around $242,000.

  • aza

    Love it! Looks great, faster than old m5’s. One of the best BMWs

  • Joker

    Peak Torque from 1500RPM wouldn’t surprise me. My Focus XR5 Hits peak at a similar point.
    Twin Turbo should allow for a nice fat delivery of peak torque right across the rev-range. 1 Turbo from 1500-4500 (at a guess), another to take it all the way to the top.

    • pja

      i’m pretty sure they work simultaneously not sequentially.

      if the engine really is 415kW and 680Nm from 1500rpm, 4.4s is quite slow… either its really heavy, or those power figures are inaccurate.

      • Tom

        Traction would be the problem. I am surprised the top speed is not higher though, I thought the old model could do over 320km/h with the limiter off.

        • David

          The preview video showed it doing 308km/hr in 6th gear, so it still had 7th to go. I am sure it could surpass 305km/hr.

      • David

        Yeah I was kinda hoping for 4.2s to be honest. But still this would be my ultimate sedan. 0-200 in 13s is impressive though.

  • bob

    Yes please!

  • Stooge

    Looks very boring to be honest.

    • Grammar Nazi

      I hope you weren’t expecting neon lights or a wing on the back?

      Not the M5’s M.O.

      • Vince

        Looks like Sven agrees and I do too. It’s yawntastic. Apart from a few side vents and a dual exhaust… what’s the difference between this and the also plain and boring 5 series? No flared arches, no vented bonnet… just boring. The M3 looks way better and it at least has distinguishing features. Probably goes extremely well but if it doesn’t look the part, it won’t get the recognition it deserves.

    • Dave S

      I dont think anyone was expecting it to have the appearance of GTS, EVO or Early STi but, it looks nowhere as agressive as its little brother the M1

  • Shak

    very nice effort BMW. One thing though, when the engineer quoted said that they wouldn’t possibly make the M5 with less power than the X5/X6M twins, i thought he meant a lot more power, not 10kw.

  • Sven

    Whow…that’s extremely boring…

    Well, at least one will be able to tell the M5 apart from a 3 series now. But mostly thanks to the blue paint…

    • bangel

      Ricers and HSV goons apply elsewere , for the subtle owner .

      • fawefwa

        I’d love to kick your teeth in.


    its not ugly, it’s just not exciting at all. It doesn’t have to have an STI wing and scoop to be exciting. But I guess if they were going for subtle…they achieved it

  • The Realist

    My next car…

    • Sven

      …will be an Audi

  • http://www.clearimagephotos.com braydenc

    The drivers seat looks like its on a angle or is it just me?


  • http://caradvice OSU811

    I just hope they do a proper 6SP manual version!!

  • Brett

    I have to agree that it just doesn’t stand out. An M-pack really. The old V10 version was able to be subtle, yet I could pick it instantly from a distance. Somehow they made it look menancing without add on’s galore. What happened this time using the same formular? I’m very dissapointed. You guys were right too in saying that the old version had a higher top speed. 211 MPH (330 KMPH)! Have a look on youtube.

  • Wayne Kerr

    This is actually for the executive types who want a powerful engine and bragging rights. Acceleration is definitely limited by traction, if you seen test runs on modern American muscle cars, 4.0s to 100km/h seems to be the limit for rear wheel drive 4 seaters on street tyres. You need AWD to accelerate faster (or ultra fat tyres like on the Corvette).

    For speed there’s plenty to be had by modding the 335i/M3 (more bang for your buck).

  • Steve

    Sooo tired of waiting to learn the TRUE specs. Why does it have to be such a huge secret when the rest of the car is there to be seen? I was hoping for something faster than 4.4…..my current M5 is 4.7 and after all this time its disappointing if all they’ve screwed out of the twin turbo is another .3 sec. Opportunity wasted, really!