With much public and industry anticipation, BMW's all-new 2012 M5 has made its official first live appearance at the Frankfurt Auto Show.
This is perhaps one of the most highly anticipated cars of this year's Frankfurt Auto Show. The all-new 2012 BMW M5 comes to us courtesy of the good people from Munich, but unlike the previous generation, the new M5 doesn't have a V10 under the hood. Power now comes from a twin-scroll twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 with direct-injection and 578hp with 530lb-ft of torque. It's mated to a seven-speed DCT transmission with Launch Control and according to reports, BMW will be offering a six-speed manual in the near future.
It can go from 0 to 60mph in just 4.4 seconds and has a top speed of 155 mph. However, with the addition of the optional M Driver's Package, top speed increases to 190mph. Other changes from the last generation include features such as regenerative braking, start-stop ignition, and a revised iDrive system. Some enthusiasts aren't happy about the loss of the V10, but BMW engineers have assured everyone that they won't be disappointed with the V8's performance. The prototypes have undergone extreme weather testing throughout the world to guarantee quality.
BMW has also recently unveiled pricing, which will begin at $93,000, but various options will easily push it over the $100k mark. The 2012 M5 will be coming to dealerships in the US and Europe in the coming months.