The new generation of BMW 5-Series has been revealed a couple of weeks ago and to be honest didn’t make as much noise as you’d expect it to do! The car’s design has changed dramatically as BMW decided to steer clear of the crazy shape of the old gen, and instead come up with something more gentlemanish! Now though the speculations about the new M5 are heating up, and although its design might not be very appealing, its engine damn sure is!
As you now BMW has ceased production of their massive V10 engine and replaced it with a more efficient twin-turbo V8 which, mercifully, is more powerful. This unit in the new X5M and X6M produces 555hp. Now the word is that the 2012 M5 will get a tweaked version of this power plant with 570 to 590 hp! Fantastic.
The car will also come standard with the firm’s new 7-speed Double Clutch Transmission instead of the old SMG or the lazier 8-speed automatic.
The thing is though, despite the massive power and all the clever technology which certainly bump the price of the car, it won’t be much faster than the outgoing model or the other competitors such as the Merc E63. They do 0 to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds, the new M5 might be able to do it a bit quicker like 4.3 or something, but the top speed will be limited as usual to 250 km/h. So it would rely heavily on its renowned handling to sell.