To be unveiled at the M Festival at the Nurburgring on the 23rd of June, the 2012 BMW M5 definitely looks the part. The M5 is distinguished from its subtler cousin by enlarged air intakes, quad tail pipes instead of two and 20 inch alloys.
Codenamed the F10 M5, this BMW M5 is powered by a twin turbo V8 which replaces the outgoing V10. Autoblog reports that the mill is good for 552 bhp at 6000 rpm compared to the V10′s 507 hp at 7750 rpm. Torque has been increased from 383 pound-feet to 501 pound-ft, all of which give the new M5 a 0-60 mph badge of 4.4 seconds.
Enthusiasts are also breathing sighs of relief over a 2012 BMW M5 that was spotted with manual transmission. Reported to be a six speed unit, it will drive the rear wheels through a dual clutch transmission.