Tuesday, June 21, 2011

BMW M5


Just a few months before the car’s official debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show, BMW has decided it was time to reveal the official specs on the fifth generation M5 sports sedan. After seeing the first concept version at the 2011 Shanghai Motor Show, now we can see the M5 in all its glory. And we sure like what we are seeing.

The M5 name was used for the first time back in 1984, but since then, the car has evolved into an impressive sedan that combines track potential with the comprehensive practicality of a luxurious business sedan. The new generation brings a high-revving 4.4-liter V8 engine with an M TwinPower Turbo package that delivers an impressive 560 hp at 6,000 ? 7,000 rpm and a peak torque of 502 lb-ft from 1,500 rpm. The model will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and, when the speed limiter is removed, is capable of hitting an impressive top speed of 190 mph. Despite these impressive performance numbers, the car will deliver an estimated fuel economy of 28.5 mpg.

UPDATE 06/20/11: The BMW M5’s online configurator has just gone live, but our advice is to wait a bit longer before spending some quality time and effort building your model. So far, BMW is only allowing potential customers a couple of options to choose from, including exterior colors and a couple of wheel options. New exterior colors consist of Alpine White, Black Sapphire Metallic, Havana, Silverstone, Space Grey, Imperial Blue, Grey Singapore and Monte Carlo Blue. The only two wheel options available are Double spoke style - 345 M and 343 M. Still interested? Configure your BMW M5 by clicking here.

More details about the BMW M5 after the jump.

BMW M5 originally appeared on topspeed.com on Wednesday, 15 June 2011 14:00 EST.

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Source: http://www.topspeed.com/cars/bmw/2012-bmw-m5-ar100010.html

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