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BMW M5

Check out the 2012 BMW M5

The Good

The 2012 BMW M5 boasts some serious power and amazing acceleration. The interior is refined, well-laid out and well-appointed with all the trappings you would expect from a premium luxury vehicle. It’s also not bad on gas, considering the performance.

The Bad

You get what you pay for, and in this case, you’ll be paying a lot. This car is also expensive to maintain and repair.

The Bottom Line

If your wallet and bank account can absorb the price tag, the 2012 model is the most refined M5 that BMW has ever built and is one of the very best luxury sports cars in the world.

Price

The 2012 BMW M5 price varies fairly significantly, according to the options you choose and the region in which you live; dealer prices show a fairly broad range, and BMW has only released an estimated base manufacturers’ suggested retail price (MSRP).

MSRP: $92,500 (estimated)

Average paid: $92,000 (estimated)

Performance

Acceleration and power

The new V8 engine in the 2012 BMW M5 is one of the meanest, most ruthless and most efficient engines the company has ever built – and that’s saying a lot. Its power generation is subtle, too; the engine displays more of a hum and purr than it does a roar, yet it really delivers when you put the pedal down, to the tune of 0 to 60 miles per hour in four seconds flat. Horsepower and torque specs have jumped from 500 hp and 383 lb/ft in 2011 to 560 hp and 500 lb/ft in 2012, and the performance shows it.

Handling and braking

The BMW M5 offers three different driving settings, each of which offers a different balance of traction control, suspension response, transmission shifting and steering. If you want regular settings for normal driving, choose S1; S2 is the Sport mode, and S3 is the Sport Plus mode. The Sport modes are noticeably more responsive and sensitive, helping you maintain control of the vehicle at higher speeds. BMW M5 reviews are unanimous in their assessment of the car’s dreamlike driving quality. Road tests showed the braking to be reliable but not exceptional.

Interior

Seating

The car’s specifications indicate it is a five-passenger vehicle, and while the front bucket seats are roomy and comfortable, the rear isn’t as generously sized as many people might like. However, there is still enough rear legroom to allow for average-sized adults to sit comfortably. Power seats are standard, with the front seats being programmable and multi-way adjustable. BMW’s signature luxury leather is the default seating material.

Features

As a premium luxury vehicle, the 2012 M5 is loaded with standard driving and interior features, including a premium entertainment system, navigation system and trip computer, power windows, power door locks, power seats, an anti-theft protection system, a dual-zone climate control system, Bluetooth connectivity and much more. Expect the new BMW M5 for sale in the United States beginning in the summer of 2012.

Cargo space

Admittedly, cargo space is not the strong suit of this vehicle. With an overall length of 193 inches and a wheelbase of 116.7 inches, there simply wasn’t a lot of room left over to create a generously sized trunk. Storage space is very limited, but then again, nobody buys a BMW M5 for its storage capacity.

Safety

BMW has an excellent reputation for safety. The M5 offers dual-stage front-impact airbags for the driver and passenger, as well as side impact airbags in the front seats and side curtain airbags in the front and rear seats. Crash test safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was not available for this vehicle.

Specifications

The 2012 BMW M5 specs show significant improvement over the 2011 model. While the V10 engine found in earlier versions of the car has been scrapped in favor of a V8, BMW has actually succeeded in boosting both horsepower and torque output while reducing the size of the engine. Reviews report that the automatic transmission shifts flawlessly, but you may opt for a manual transmission if you prefer one.

  • Transmission: 7-speed twin clutch automatic (manual available)
  • Drivetrain: Rear-wheel drive
  • Vehicle Layout: Front-engine four-door five-passenger sport sedan
  • Engine Type: 32-valve twin turbo V8
  • Engine Size: 4.4 L double overhead camshaft (DOHC)
  • Horsepower: 560 horsepower
  • Torque: 500 lb/ft @ 1500 rpm to 5000 rpm
  • Curb Weight: 4200 pounds (estimated)
  • Dimensions (length x width x height): 193.3 inches x 74.4 inches x 57.3 inches
  • Wheelbase: 116.7 inches
  • MPG, City: 14 miles per gallon
  • MPG, Highway: 22 miles per gallon
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