BMW F10 M5

The F10 is the sixth generation of the 5-Series. The BMW F10 M5 was first released in 2011 and was available for sale in early 2012. It was manufactured in the BMW motorsport division of BMW in Dingolfing, Germany as a high performance four door saloon/sedan car. The wheelbase is 2964 mm and the length 4910 and width 1891. The height of the car measures a comfotable 1451 mm and the dry kerb weight is 1945 kg.

The new BMW M5 uses an S63 bi-turbo 4.4 litre V8 engine with the engine code S63B44TU being designated. Compared to the standard S63 of the X5 M and X6, the S63B44TU engine produces 560 Hp or 418 kW and 681 N·m of torque.

International CO2 emissions and fuel consumption regulations are cited for discarding the outgoing V10 engine, as the new V8 engine reduces CO2 emissions by 25%. One other advantage of turbocharging is that it greatly improves low end torque performance. The downside to turbocharging a motor is the heat generated by the turbochargers. This heat is disipated by large air ducts and intercoolers.

While the BMW X5 M and X6 M currently offer only six speed automatic "Steptronic" transmission, a dual clutch transmission gearbox has been fitted to the F10 in place of the Getrag SMG III single clutch seven speed semi automatic gearbox with a manual gearbox for USA markets only.

In June 2011, BMW released official information on the BMW F10 M5. The car is powered by an upgraded S63 high revving engine that produces 560 horse power at 6000 to 7000 RPM. Average fuel consumption is claimed to be 9.9 litres, which is 31% less compared to 15.0 litres from the V10 powered M5 E60. The car includes an Active M-Differential with torque vectoring between the rear wheels.

The new 2012 BMW M5 made an appearance before September at the M Festival at the Nurburgring 24 Hours endurance race in Germany. The car has a reported lap time of 7:55 around the Nurburgring race track which matches lap times of the Ferrari F430.

Daily driving of the car is also supposedly much better than the BMW E60 M5, with better gearbox and fuel economy improvements over the old model making the new M5, arguably one of the best cars made in the last decade.

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