Official images of the brand new 2012 BMW M5 have hit the web – and they’re pretty impressive. The flagship bimmer’s bodywork has been tweaked slightly to increase aerodynamics without sacrificing its aggressive yet formal aesthetic. New features include enlarged air intakes in the front fascia, four tailpipes and 20-inch wheels with Z-rated tires. As every car enthusiast knows, however, it’s whats under the hood that counts, and the new M5 doesn’t disappoint in performance either. The BMW’s previous V10 engine has been replaced with a new twin-turbocharged V8. Furthermore, with 552 horsepower (a 45 hp boost from the last model) coming on at 6000 rpm and a torque of 501 lb-ft, this German-manufactured bad boy can reach 0-60 in about 4.4 seconds. The retail price is rumored to be around €100,000 in Germany (roughly $144,000). Due to Europe’s lofty value-added tax, however, the price of the new M5 will most likely be lower once it hits the US market. Either way, this supercharged sedan is not going to come cheap.