Thursday, September 29, 2011

BMW F10 M5

The car that has been highly anticipated not only among its fans but all car-enthusiasts for more than two years, the car that has set new precedents for its competitors, is finally out - the all-new BMW F10 M5.

To this day, an M5 is the peak and pinnacle to which other sport sedans are compared to, and more often than not, it has triumphed against all such adversaries. With all the major motoring journalists around the world having tested the in-and-out of the new M5, it is only now safe to say that this car is not a let down to the legacy of that coveted M-badge that changed the norms for a 4-door sport sedan back in the mid-1980s when the first M5 saw the light of day.

However the excitement around this new M5, unfortunately took a bit of a downhill for us when we came to know last year that this “F10” would replace the gas-guzzling V10 with an economical V8 and a pair of turbos to inject the fuels in the cylinders. The reasons being, to save the planet and make the car more economical, which they do but for purists (like me) it makes the car a bit of a slight. This engine has been taken from their X5 M and X6 M, which we had the good fortune to drive last year and we rather liked it. But one can be sure that to have the same engine in an M5 would be an altogether different experience. That said, the spine-tingling noise of the V10 would be dearly missed.

The upshot, among many, of this new F10 M5 is that it is a far cry in terms of looks to what its predecessor, E60 M5, was. Although some have argued that this looks less aggressive and less imposing than the E60 M5 but we think completely contrary to that. Just look at it in the pictures! The standard 5-series looks noble but this looks unbelievably good with its unique front bumper and the customary four exhaust tips in its unique rear bumper. The front fenders even has those tacked-on vents that is quickly catching popularity among car designers. The car also gets standard 20-inch wheels with Z-rated tyres. There will be a 7-speed dual-clutch auto-manual or a 6-speed manual, and the latter transmission option came as a pleasant surprise for us.

The hype that has surrounded this new F10 M5 may be justifiable but it remains to be seen if this new offering from the BMW stacks up to its competitors in the same way as it has in the past.

Performance Summary

Engine capacity (cc):
8 in 90.0° vee with Twin-turbocharged
Maximum Power:
559.7 PS / 552 bhp / 411.6 kW @ 6000-7000 rpm
Maximum Torque:
680.0 Nm / 502 / 69.3 kgm @ 1500-5750 rpm
7 speed dual-clutch auto-manual or 6-speed manual
Acceleration (0-100kph):
4.40 seconds
Top Speed:
155mph/250kph (electronically limited)
14.0/7.6/9.9 l/100km urban/extra-urban/combined

Photo Courtesy: BMW Official Sources


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