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.
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.”
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.
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