When BMW built the first M5 in 1984, it shoved its most powerful six-cylinder engine under the hood of a 5 Series with a sport suspension. What resulted wasn’t just a fast sedan, but the birth of a car cult. Now in its fifth generation, the 2012 BMW M5 packs a powerful V-8, and with the optional M Driver’s Pack it can top 190 mph.
The original design of the M5 was a quiet update of the car it was based on, giving it a stealth look. The only indication that a different engine was crammed into a normal looking 5 Series was the iconic “M5″ badge tacked on the right side of the trunk and a slightly modified bumper. Today’s M5 has a more distinctive look, with dual exhausts, a unique bumper treatment, and other aggressive styling cues like exclusive wheels to separate it from standard-issue 5 Series.
Showcasing the 2012 BMW M5 today is what those in the video business call “B-roll,” that is, a set of moving shots that producers use to piece together their own video work. It’s a little disjointed, but it showcases the M5 without voiceover or any music, with the exception of the car’s amazing V-8 growl. The scenery is a mix of racetrack, scenic European roads, and picturesque villages and courtyards.
The video also gives us a good look at some of the M5′s features, such as a multi-color head up display, the multi-function suspension and performance settings, and close-up looks at what separates it from normal 5 Series.
You wouldn’t expect a car with the M5′s capabilities to come cheap, and it doesn’t. While BMW hasn’t announced prices on the 2012 BMW M5 yet, we expect it to land somewhere between $80,000 and $90,000.
Think that’s worth it for this car? Check out the video below and find out for yourself. Better yet, if you’re an amateur producer, put together your own video and show off your skills!