Sunday, July 1, 2012

Get Behind the Wheel of the World's Fastest Sedan - BMW's M5

"Invincible? Irresistible? A little of both," says BMW's advertising campaign for the all-new, fifth-generation 2012 M5, which it claims is the world's fastest sedan. Combining this Bavarian propeller maker's classic design style with powerful performance, the BMW M5 Sedan really is everything a driver wants in an autobahn-worthy luxury sports car. It even boasts what BMW calls its exclusive Monte Carlo Blue metallic M paintwork to best accent its sleek lines and racy pedigree. The latest M5 was unveiled just a few months before its official debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show, and it certainly did not disappoint industry experts who found its massively improved efficiency, visionary driver assistance and infotainment systems and its ultimate long-distance comfort sublime.

The Performance of the Beast

The M5 name dates back to 1984, but, that is all that is three decades old about this evolutionary sedan, which really has propelled the classy, yet stuffy business sedan into the category of a sports car. This vehicle has plenty of track potential, with a high-revving 4.4-liter V8 engine with its M TwinPower Turbo package that gives 560 horsepower at 6,000 - 7,000 rpm and 500 lb-ft of torque starting at a mere 1500 rpm, that will take the driver from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 4.4 seconds. If its speed limiter is removed, the M5 has a very impressive top speed of 190 miles per hour, which knowing BMW is erring on the conservative side.

Yet, even with this aggressive performance it delivers a fuel economy of approximately 28.5 miles per gallon. The M5's engine does not strictly fall into the manufacturer's claims as "all-new" since versions of it are already being used in the X5 M and X6 M. The latest M5 features BMW's Active M differential, which is an electronically controlled limited-slip, in addition to the full M Drive feature set, which will allow the driver to unleash the beast at the touch of a button. The driver will also be able to individualize the car's alter throttle response, damping, steering responsiveness, and the dual clutch's shift program, too. Unlike most other 5-series models, which feature electric power steering, BMW has installed an older but more reliable and responsive hydraulic power steering system in the M5.

Movie Star Good Looks

With its tapered front and curved wing mirrors, which allow air to glide past with ease, its exposed, flared wheel arches surrounding the 19-inch or optional 20-inch, forged M light-alloy wheels, its M rear spoiler and diffuser and quad exhaust outlets, the M5 is as attractive as any of the other stallions in BMW's stable, and the interior does not disappoint either. Its pseudo sportscar cockpit, high-end 100-percent leather and "aluminum trace" interior trim is easy on the eye, and sport seats provide maximum comfort with their high degree of maneuverability. Even the most techno-demanding geek will love the M5's gadgets, which include active and adaptive headlights, head-up display, a lane-departure warning system, and more cameras than the paparazzi chasing Britney Spear

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