The 2012 BMW M5 (F10) is the fifth generation model of the BMW M5 sports saloon series. It was introduced for the 2012 model year to replace the BMW M5 (E60). Due to more rigorous fuel economy standards, a higher focus on fuel efficiency than in previous models was considered during development. The F10 M5 is also the first of its model family to switch to forced induction.
The F10 M5 debuted in Forza Motorsport 4 and has appeared in every main installment of the series since then.
It’s clear by just glancing at the newest M-division sedan at the reveal event that it’s something special. If you’ve heard the rumors that the era of increased fuel economy has finally overtaken the blazing-fast M5, know two things: the rumors are true, and you have absolutely nothing to fear. That’s because if there is a problem that skilled engineers can solve, BMW’s all over it. This particular solution involves more power, better driving dynamics, and an increase in fuel economy, all courtesy of the twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8. This marvel of engineering packs way more torque than the high-revving V10 it replaces, and it’s available way down low; a full 502 ft-lbs. at just 1,500 RPM. Not only is it faster to 60 mph, an entire suite of M-division goodies helping the M5 carve through the corners like a red-hot scalpel through Bavarian butter. Looks have improved too; the newest evolution of the BMW design language fits the large sedan like tailored lederhosen. The purposeful look is topped off with large alloy wheels that show off the enormous stoppers. Green-minded driving enthusiasts can rejoice at the addition of technologies like engine start-stop and regenerative braking. The M5 has always delivered furious performance in a comfortable and stylish package, but thanks to hard work and technological improvements the new M5 is better in every way. Engineering is truly a wonderful thing.
The F10 M5 differs from past models in that it uses a 4.4L (4,395 cc) twin-turbocharged V8 engine codenamed S63B44TÜ rather than a naturally aspirated engine. It has a power output of 552 hp (560 PS; 412 kW) at 6000 to 7000 rpm and a torque output of 501 ft·lb (679 Nm) from 1500 to 5750 rpm. The M5 only comes with a seven-speed dual-cluch transmission, with the option of a six-speed manual being restricted to the North American market. Due to improved sound deadening and switching to forced induction, the M5 can amplify its engine sound in the interior by replicating its engine note with its audio system.
BMW claims a 0 to 60 mph time in 4.3 seconds and a top speed of 190 mph (306 km/h) with the M Driver's Package. To help lower the M5 F10's curb weight, BMW approached SGL Group, a carbon fiber manufacturer. Despite this, the F10 M5 is still heavier than the E60 M5.
The M5 features strong overall performance for an executive saloon car, as it balances out both handling and straight-line performance. With a weight distribution of 52/48, the M5 can maintain momentum in corners but does have slighlty unforgiving handling due to a slightly loose rear. It accelerates from 0 to 60 mph time in 4.1 seconds and from 0 to 100 mph time in 9.5 seconds, making it a decent choice for high speed races.
In comparison with the E60 M5, the F10 M5 has slightly worse handling and braking performance than the E60 due to having a higher weight. Despite this, both cars have very similar acceleration times. The E60 has a top speed of only 188 mph (303 km/h), while the F10 has a higher top speed of at least 196 mph (315 km/h), contrary to BMW's claim that the E60 has a delimited top speed of 205 mph (330 km/h) and the F10 only has 190 mph (306 km/h).
In Forza Horizon 3, the F10 M5 can reach a top speed of 205 mph (330 km/h), equivalent to the E60 M5's claimed delimited top speed.
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