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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: June 15, 2011 @ 3:34 pm

    BMW M5 gets official reveal

    Michael McAleer

    After more leaks than a rusty bucket, the BMW M5 has now been officially revealed in all its glory. And it has been worth the wait. The new car looks awesome, with a front apron with massive air intakes for the engine and the brakes, flared arches, M “gills”, a diffuser between the right and left hand pair of twin exhaust tailpipes and 19-inch M light alloy wheels.

    Featuring a 4.4-litre V8, the new M5 will put out 560hp at 6,000rpm and a mammoth 680Nm of torque. That is a 10 per cent increase in output and a 30 per cent increase in torque over the previous model. 0-100km/h takes just 4.4 seconds and the car will reach 200km/h in just 13 seconds. Top speed will be limited to 250km/h but this can extend out to 305km/h (which is 190mph) with the M Driver’s Package.

    Power is transferred to the rear wheels via a seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission Drivelogic and the car will feature launch control, low speed assistance and a parking mode, presumably to help with low speed manoeuvres.

    An Active M Differential enables fully variable distribution of drive between the rear wheels and two set-ups can be called up using the new M Drive button on the steering wheel.

    There is no details on pricing as yet, but the car will go on sale in November for around €110,000.

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