After months of rumors, speculation, and teasers, BMW has released the first official photos of the new 2012 M5, along with the full rundown of the sedan.
The M5 will go 0-60 in just 4.4 seconds, thanks to a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8, which outputs 552 horsepower and 501 lb-ft of torque. While the standard engine will get drivers up to 155 mph, upgrading to the M Driver’s Package will give the M5 a 5.0-liter V10 engine that reaches a top speed of 190 mph.
The rear-wheel drive sedan sits on 19-inch wheels and offers signature M looks, such as the traditional M side gills, quad tailpipes, a small lip spoiler, and larger air intakes. Inside, the M5 is equipped with Merino leather, sportier seats, a bespoke instrument cluster, aluminum trim, and M-embossed headrests.
One of the more interesting aspects of the M5 is the three settings drivers can choose from to experience five different driving traits: engine performance, transmission shift speed, stability control, steering, and suspension damping. While 2012 model does not sacrifice luxury, it does offer higher fuel economy at up to 24 mpg, according to BMW.
BMW has not yet announced when the 2012 M5 will be launched in the U.S. You can view more official photos at MotorTrend.com.