LA Auto Show: 2012 BMW M5 was unveiled image

After its main competitors at Audi and Mercedes-Benz are taking on the over-seas auto market with their latest models, the German based automaker is planning to catch up and the new generation of the M5 seems to be the best choice into attracting more customers to the brand, with the powerful sedan being officially unveiled at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Even if the model which BMW had chosen to present at this edition of the Los Angeles Auto Show isn’t the all-new 3-Series, which kept everyone in the automotive media busy for quite some time after being spied on the Ring for several times and then eventually launched on Facebook, the new M5 might be just what North American customers are looking in a car. BMW has presented at the 2011 edition of the Los Angeles Auto Show the new M5 model in its matte silver paintjob and even if the German based automaker hadn’t released any details on it, the 2012 model for the United States auto market will most likely feature the same 4.4 liter V8 engine as its European cousin.

As a reminder, the 2012 BMW M5 takes its power from the downsized 4.4 liter V8 engine which is developing a total output of 560 horsepower between 5.000 and 6.000 rpm, with a peak torque of 502 lb-ft available from 1.500 rpm. The V8 unit comes with the M Twin-Power Turbo and it’s mated to the seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission Drivelogic with steering wheel mounted paddle shifters. The 0 to 62 mph acceleration time takes just 4.4 seconds and the M5 can hit a top speed of 155 mph or even 190 mph with the M Driver’s Package.