It was in 1984 that BMW Motors thought of introducing the BMW M5 to the world. Little did it know that this car would be a huge success, not just in Germany but also in different parts of the world. The first gen BMW M5 was codenamed as E28 and this was the most successful model of the M5 with an exclusivity wrapped around it. The latter part is due to the fact that only 2135 models were built. A little known fact or a widely known one, whichever way we look at it is that BMW was actively involved in MotorSports and this thought somehow percolated down to the BMW M5’s next generation preparations. Then came the roar for cleaner, more efficient and lesser cylindered cars. In comes the 2012 BMW M5 and needless to say, we have it with us for a first drive.
We are not joking when we say that the BMW 5 series and the M5 both look the same. Unlike earlier distinctions between the regular models and the M series, this one doesn’t have much of a pizzazz to it. However, prod slightly and the details come out. This M5 has got a wheelbase which is a bit longer than the regular 5 series. Also, there are many subtle hints outside the cabin or rather the engine bay to hint that this is a more powerful version of the BMW 5 series. There are some M5 badgings around the cabin. The 19 inch alloys are gripped by Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires. The tail pipe count has now increased to 4 from the usual 2 for the regular BMW 5 series. The 2012 BMW M5, in its own subtle way, tries to be different than the 5 series.
Inside the cabin, the typical BMW steering wheel is present as also the other upholstery. The only thing is that they are laced with the M tag all around. The seats are also comfortable and bespoke of their ancestry with the 5 series. We also got about some 50 different customization options for the interiors. Infact, there was no shortcomings that we could think of in this vehicle. It had 6 way memory powered seats with the rear ones boasting of space for only two. Accommodating the axle and stuff of the M5 made the rear hump a bit more significantly pregnant. A orange push button start sits to the right of the steering wheel while the BMW have also provided navigation bundles, a sophisticated iDRIVE system and other goodies to play around with. Boot space, for the heck of it, stands same as the 5 series and there is no discrimination here.
The new 2012 BMW M5 comes in with a sportier suspension than its predecessor. There are 3 settings as with all the other BMW M cars. The steering also weighs up when one wants it to, that is by pressing the M servotronic aid. The handling as expected is crisp and very linear. We loved the crisp and linear response that it generated and also the fact that the M series was much loved for this very feature. The ride quality was never even bone jarringly bad and hence we actually got out quite relaxed from the drive rather than being fatigued what with all the hard suspension coming into play.
Downsizing is the new mantra and every manufacturer out there is now adopting this technique. It means that bringing in slightly less power but more fuel efficiency into the equation. Having a go at all the available settings in the car made us realize that there is no shortage of power in here especially compared with the 2011 version. The 2012 model makes 553 horsepower while the torque figure is a very high 502 pound feet. With the increase in power from its 4.4 liters V8 engine, this monster also manages to eke out 30 percent more fuel efficiency. Not only this, lap timings of 4.4 seconds were also being floated around while on the first drive. Safety is being catered by a complement of 8 airbags and other goodies. Parking Distance Control as also sensors make their presence felt all around the car. It was more like BMW wants to rival Volvo with this arrangement.
The pricing is something which would be crucial for the BMW M5. An expected price range for this one would stand close to the $55k mark, however the 2012 BMW M5 price may also vary as and when BMW decides to launch it in the market.