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2012 BMW M5 Revealed

2012 BMW M5

Performance-minded shoppers who’ve been eyeing cars like the Audi S6 and the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG just got some new eye candy, as BMW released preliminary specs on the new 2012 M5 today.

Under the hood, the automaker decided to make some significant changes compared to the 2010 model. “BMW is eschewing a naturally aspirated powerplant in the new M5, whose high-revving roots date to the 1980s, in favor of a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 pushing out about 552 hp,” writes Autoweek.

2012 BMW M5

Despite trading two cylinders for a pair of turbochargers, the new M5 is still a competent performer with more power than the 2010 model. “Regular cars are limited to 155 mph, but those with the M Driver’s Package have the governor raised to 190 mph,” says Automobile Magazine. “The power figures represent a pleasant increase over the 500 hp and 383 lb-ft offered by the 5.0-liter V-10 engine in the prior M5.”

2012 BMW M5

BMW states in a press release that the new M5 will go from zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 4.4 seconds. Power is sent to the rear wheels using a seven-speed double clutch transmission, which features launch control and shift paddles. Pricing and release date of the 2012 M5 have yet to be announced.

2012 BMW M5

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