After teasing for weeks loyalists, BMW relented and released the first official images – and only a few details – the fourth-generation M5 sedan, two weeks before the first public appearance of the car at Shanghai Auto Show 2011.
BMW confirms new BMW Concept M5, which should arrive this fall as the U.S. model 2012, will have a V8 twin-turbo V10 in place of aspiration that drove the 2010 M5. The 2010 model that was priced from $ 86,575, was estimated at 500 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque.
The 2012 M5 is expected to get a slightly improved version of the V8 twin-turbo 4.4-liter in 2011 the X5 M and X6 M 2012 which is rated at 555 hp and 500 lb-ft. In the new M5 sedan 2012, the same engine is expected to deliver about 580 hp and 530 lb-ft.
BMW says the V8 in the new M5 will be mated to a seven-speed transmission with double clutch M Drivelogic. He did not provide performance specifications, but the European press has speculated that the car accelerate from zero to 60 in under 4.4 seconds, with top speed electronically limited (in some markets) to 155 mph.
BMW also said that the new V8 is equipped with an automatic start-stop function which will help cut fuel consumption and emissions by 25 percent or more.
The 2012 M5 gets a tuned and lowered suspension M and M specific direction as well as unique 20-inch wheels shod with forged aluminum 265/35ZR20 tires. The car also features a new rear differential with Active M variable torque split.
Painted Chrome Shadow, the Concept M5 is a four seater – the production model will have accommodations for five – which BMW describes as a “concept car series next”, which means that it is almost ready for production.
design cues include a unique front spoiler with three large air intakes and a rear apron with integrated diffuser characteristic that involves dual pipes on each side. Other subtle touches like the deck lid spoiler modest, extended wheel arches and a pair of chrome gills in front fenders with the logo M.