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2012 BMW M5 Goes Official, Finally!

After the last few months in which we’ve discussed about the upcoming M5, sharing spy shots, talking about the concept version, debating rumors and speculations, the German automaker has finally unveiled the production model of the highly anticipated M5. Probably the first thing that you will notice is the fact that it looks almost identical to the concept.

2012 BMW M5

In the front, we see that they’ve kept the same aggressive front look, along with the aerodynamic side skirts and a small diffuser out in the back. The grill now features black slates, while the front fenders got vents. Other goodies include the adaptive xenon lights, those impressive 19-inch alloy rims and a four-tailpipe exhaust system.

2012 BMW M5

Inside the cabin, the 2012 BMW M5 features Merino sport seats wrapped around in leather, an “M” steering wheel that has two buttons which you can use in order to choose from the pre-selected transmission, engine and suspension setups. Other modifications include the updated instrument cluster, a generous 10.2-inch iDrive display, aluminum trace trim and an Anthracite headliner.

2012 BMW M5

The most interesting aspect of the new model is its engine, a V8 4.4-liter twin-turbo unit that features a cross-bank exhaust manifold, generating 552 hp (560 PS / 412 kW) and 502 lb.-ft (680 Nm) of torque. This power unit is mated to a 7-speed M double clutch gearbox, allowing the car to do the 0-62 mph sprint in 4.4 seconds, 0-124 mph in 13 seconds, before reaching a top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h) or 190 mph (305 km/h) if you opt for the M Driver’s Package. A great thing about this powerful engine is the fact that it doesn’t need a lot of fuel, managing to do 23.8 mpg (9.9 liters / 100 km) while CO2 emissions stand at 232 g/km.

2012 BMW M5

The 2012 BMW M5 has been fitted with electronically controlled dampers, along with high performance compound brakes, Servotronic steering system and an Active M Differential.

2012 BMW M5

BMW hasn’t shared any information regarding the price tag of the new M5, but we will have more information on June 23rd when the M Festival starts.

Source: BMW via WCF

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