Carbon ceramic brakes have been around for a while with Porsche being one of the first to employ them on their cars. However, because of their high commanding prices, carbon ceramic brakes were always left to the very top-end applications such as supercars or hypercars. Now though, word is that BMW is working on some carbon ceramic brakes for the new F10 M5. Despite being a little late to the punch, BMW may be one of the first cars to offer carbon ceramic brakes on a cheaper automobile (in relation to what cars are already offered with the special brakes).
The benefits of carbon ceramic brakes over standard steel equipment are that they weigh less and have a much higher resistance to fade and heat thanks to the ceramic composure. But some have found that they reduce braking feel.
Either way, the project is being conducted in collaboration with SGL Carbon and BMW’s brake supplier, Brembo. Release dates for the brake package on the M5 will be available supposedly sometime by the end of 2012 and will require larger wheels for the larger discs.
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Refresher: The 2012 BMW M5 is powered by a 4.4L V8 engine with M TwinPower Turbo (consisting of Twin Scroll Twin Turbo Technology) making 560-hp between 6,000 and 7,000 rpm with a maximum torque of 502 lb-ft from 1,500 rpm. Mated to a 7-speed M Double Clutch Transmission Drivelogic (with steering wheel mounted paddle shifters), the 2012 BMW M5 goes from 0 to 62 mph in 4.4 seconds, 0 to 124 mph in 13 seconds with a top speed of 155 mph or 190 mph with M Driver’s Package.
– By: Chris Chin