BMW calls this video for the 2012 BMW M5 "High Performance Art" as it goes beyond the simple premises and cinematography of most car advertisements. It takes us back to the good old days of BMW Films, when the automaker made videos with as opposed to of the car. Gorgeous. Fantastic. Perfect.
Proving that no one, not even the Germans, can defy physics, one of the very first2012 BMW M5s to reach customer hands has been wrecked. What's that about a body in motion? Especially a 4,300 Lbs, 560 HP body?
This is it. Months after we drove a pre-production model out on a Swedish lake, here now are official images and details on the new BMW M5.
If, say, BMW invites you to ride in a new BMW M5 on a Swedish lake, the cynic in you might expect one of those shambolic "passenger" rides where the hapless journalist attempts to glean something of use riding shotgun.
The 2012 BMW M5 isn't supposed to arrive until the Shanghai Auto Show, but a Jalopnik reader caught a prototype just hanging at the mall. Yes, it will have a turbocharged V8 engine good for 550+ hp, but BMW clearly needed to test it in the places it will spend most of its time.
Loaded with a twin-turbo V8 rumored to produce 578 HP, can you blame the test engineers for driving the 2012 BMW M5 out in public to be spotted by the keen eyes of spy photographers? Interior pic below.
Two turbos, eight cylinders, 578 HP, 530 lb-ft of torque, 0-to-60 in 4.4 seconds and 188 MPH top speed. That's what England's Car magazine says to expect from the 2012 BMW M5. We're just happy it's not another SUV.