Mighty M5 Back in the Saddle

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2012 BMW M5BMW’s M5 has always been a hallmark of performance in the past and the next generation BMW is no different. With a slew of new features and improved fuel economy, drivers will truly be getting the ultimate driving machine.

With a new twin-turbocharged direct injected 4.4-liter V8 engine that produces 560 horsepower and 502 lb-ft of torque, the M5 will be sure to provide enough power for any driver to be satisfied. The M5 does 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.4 seconds, 0-200 km/h (124 mph) in 13 seconds. Just to put that in perspective, your neighbor’s 2002 Civic Hybrid accelerates from zero to sixty (12 seconds) in almost the same time it takes the M5 to get from 0 to 124 miles per hour.

The upgrades on the new M5 don’t just stop at performance. BMW has kindly uplifted this incredible machines fuel economy as well by cutting fuel usage almost 30% from last year’s M5. In fact the M5 gets a 28.5 mpg combined rating. Now you might be thinking “28.5 mpg? Is that it? My Civic gets mid-thirties.” That may be true but can your Civic go 190 miles per hour? The M5 has enough horsepower to make that Civic look like a Hot Wheels toy in comparison. The reason for the cars insane power yet refined gas sipping: BMW’s Auto Start-Stop and Brake Energy Regeneration technologies.

Since it’s a BMW, there are plenty of bells and whistles to brag about in addition to the driving performance. Drivers will be pleased with the addition of the M drive buttons on the steering wheel which can conjure up two customizable driving options with programmable parameters. Included in the package is BMW’s night vision with pedestrian recognition, lane change warning system, Anthracite roof liner, and the all important four-zone automatic climate control.

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