2012 BMW M5 now on sale in Australia from $230,000

Brett Davis

BMW Australia has launched the all-new 2012 BMW M5. The new model is now available from $230,000, which is around $10,000 cheaper than the previous E60 V10 version.

The new M5 comes with a 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8, using TwinPower turbo technology and direct injection. It produces a mighty 412kW of power and 680Nm of torque. BMW Australia says 0-100km/h can be taken care of in 4.3 seconds, while top speed is limited to 250km/h.

Fuel consumption for the new fifth-generation M5 is rated at just 9.9L/100km, making it one of the most fuel-efficient high-powered vehicles on the market, and the most efficient 300kW-plus sedan on the market – just undercutting the new Mercedes-Benz E 63 AMG Biturbo by 0.1L/100km.

Power is fed through an M DCT dual clutch seven-speed automatic transmission, and into the rear wheels via an electronically controlled multi-plate limited-slip differential.

Standard features include a string of EfficientDynamics technologies, including automatic stop-start and brake energy regeneration, as well as active drive controls such as, Cornering Brake Control (CBC), Dynamic Brake Control (DBC), Brake Assistant, Brake Fade Compensation, Brake Drying function and Start-off Assistant launch control.

The new M5 also gets adjustable M suspension with Comfort, Sport and Sport Plus modes, huge six-piston brakes hiding behind 20-inch alloy wheels (265/35 front and 295/30 rear tyres), and a discreet M bodykit with slightly more aggressive front and rear bumper bars and trimmings compared with the normal 5 Series.

Finally it is here. If only we had the funds…

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