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2012 BMW M5 Hits The Track: Video

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You’re read all the specs, ogled the images and even played around with its online configurator. However, with a sales release not scheduled until this fall, the closest you’re going to get to the new 2012 BMW M5 is with this video showcasing the German sports sedan carving up some tarmac.

Those fearing the M5 may have lost some of its edge by moving to a smaller turbocharged engine, just wait until you hear the brute of an engine in this clip. The force-fed 4.4-liter V-8 develops a peak output of 560 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque, the latter coming on as early as 1,500 rpm.

Throw in the fact that this luxury-appointed sports sedan has just seven pounds of mass for every horsepower--an impressive figure that trumps even very light forced-induction cars--and you’ve got one of the best four-doors this side of a track anywhere on the planet. 

After watching the video, click here for full details on the latest 2012 BMW M5.

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  1. IMO, the sound of the engine alone would have served better the promoting purpose of the video. I addition, the M5 is the epitome of a halo car for the BMW brand. It is very similar in looks, performance, and even color choice as the 2010 BMW-M3 performance package. The M5 must be intended for the kind of customer that no matter what, is always going to be willing to buy one.
     
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  2. The sound of the engine sells the car to me. At the 0:21 mark was when it was clear. I also love the M3 so I dont mind any similarities.
     
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  3. The engine sings to me, I like it.
     
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  4. Because of the added weight, this M5 is probably no faster in the 1/4 than the last M5 (E60)and I'm almost sure that the E39 would give this car a run for it's money!
     
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