BMW M5 for Father’s Day

June 17th, 2011

2012 BMW M5

Here’s another Father’s Day gift for tgriffith that he might appreciate better than a car wash kit. We don’t yet know what the 2012 M5 will cost in the U.S., but it’s €73,000 in Europe. That’s $104,215 U.S. at today’s rates, a little steep to be sure for a guy who writes car blogs.

However, the M5’s impressive 7-speed double-clutch tranny and launch control (plus the twin-turbo V8 pushing out 555 hp and 506 lb-ft of torque) will get him off the couch and up to 62 mph in 4.4 seconds. Who needs to go that fast on Father’s Day?

Well, since the car accommodates five, you can rapidly bring the family to a restaurant, to grandfather’s house, to a friend’s barbecue, to the mall—all exciting places—or just polish the thing in your driveway with your new car wash kit. That’s what I’d do.

The other people who might buy this car are those who want to run it on the track (a relative few) or business folk (hard to believe). The inflated press release says the car combines

compelling track potential… with the comprehensive practicality of a luxurious business saloon; groundbreaking character headlined by significantly improved efficiency, supreme long-distance comfort, and innovative driver assistance systems and infotainment functions.

The new M5 promises to be the company’s state-of-the-art vehicle in terms of super sedans. And it will be jousting against cars like the Audi RS 6 ($158,614 in Germany) and the Benz E63 AMG ($87,600 U.S.).

But we shouldn’t be talking price with a car like the M5. We should be talking the usual stuff, like outstanding handling, “M Servotronic responses, Drivelogic shift program, DSC mode, [and] Dynamic Damper Control,” whatever the hell those things are. Actually, they are “programmable parameters” to set up the car for different driving situations, controlled by steering-wheel buttons. At least that’s how I read the release.

It would be fun to drive one of these cars if you could figure out how to properly program it.

So far, the M5 has appeared online only, though it will be for sale in the U.K. in November. Do you think it will live up to its press notices and hype?

—jgoods

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  1. Randy
    June 17th, 2011 at 17:54 | #1

    I guess it’s a good competitor for other super sedans, but it’s a bit large and heavy for my taste. Once you’ve spent some time in an M3 it’s hard to go to a larger car.

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