The 2012 BMW M5 is scheduled to reach our shores this fall and the automaker has released another teaser video of what’s to come. With BMW’s testing grounds in Autodrome de Mirames, France as the stage, the video showcases the rigorous performance tests engineers put the M5 through.
The M-powered sedan is pushed to its limits in various settings such as a high speed racetrack, a handling test course and wet weather testing. The narrator is typically Teutonic and unexcitable, as proven by his explanation for the repeated and smoke-filled burnout tests which he states, “might not play a role in everyday driving, but has to be part of the testing. The spectacular start leaves a trail of black rubber on the pavement and a smile on the face of the driver.”
The video also includes interviews of the development team including project manager Siegfried Friedman who is quite proud of the bi-polar personality he has achieved with the M5. He describes the M5 as a “wolf on the Nürburgring” and a “lamb that glides along inconspicuously in everyday traffic.”
Those who look beyond the video’s fluff may notice that the only transmission featured is the M-tuned double-clutch gearbox. What about a manual? There’s no official word if BMW will offer the new M5 with a stick shift, but a member of BMW enthusiast site Bimmerpost captured video of a possible manual transmission M5 test mule. A close listen of the video reveals gear upshift delays that are a trademark of manual transmissions. Do you agree? Is it possible that the a manual transmission M5 will only be sold in the United States, as is the case with the 2012 BMW 650i?