Spy Photos: 2011 BMW M5

Spy Photos | January 18th, 2009 by 19
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According to the felows at Carmagazine UK, the next generation 2010 BMW M5 has been spotted during testing around Nurburgring. Recently, we have seen many …

According to the felows at Carmagazine UK, the next generation 2010 BMW M5 has been spotted during testing around Nurburgring. Recently, we have seen many spy shots with the next generation 5 Series, a car which is expected to launch in Spring 2010. 

Historically, the M model of the 5 Series, M5, is expected to follow a year later, so it is not surprising that BMW began the testing process now. I have to admit that the photos below are not very convincing and really don’t point out the M5 design elements, but I believe it’s a vehicle testing the drivetrain, suspensions and other elements, on a regular 5 Series platform. 

Spy Photos: 2011 BMW M5

As we have already mentioned back in July, the 2011 BMW M5 will drop the famous naturally aspirated V10 engine in favor of a twin-turbo V8, similar to the 4.4 liter V8 found in the X6 xDrive50i, but tuned up by the Motorsport experts at BMW.

Should the new 2011 BMW M5 engine produce 550 hp or more, it will become the king of its market segment. Audi’s RS6 is still holding the top position in the “horsepower war” with  572 hp.

Spy Photos: 2011 BMW M5

Despite the fact that many bimmer fans are disappointed by BMW decision to phase out  the naturally aspirated M engine, I believe it’s a step into the right direction and BMW is setting a new trend, where the focus on efficiency is primarily objective at the Munich HQ.

Spy Photos: 2011 BMW M5

[Source: Carmagazine UK ]

And a rendering by MotorAuthority

Spy Photos: 2011 BMW M5

  • adood84

    I really hope that BMW will start to focus more on losing some of the weight the cars have gained of over the years, because a car can be quick without adding more power, this should also make it drive better and be more fuel efficient

  • Gord

    Would it still be high revving ?

    • rapas

      ofcourse, if its an naturaly aspirated, it has to be high reving..

  • Nizer

    I agree with Adood84. They need to start shedding weight. The mid-cycle update of the current 5-Series added around 250lb. I’d much rather have a high performance version of the 535i twin-turbo then a significantly heavier M5. Too bad BMW doesn’t want to build one.

  • Neal Pratt

    The rendering just looks like a dang M3 sedan. It BETTER Look a Little different than the 3er!

  • Giom

    They really should make a hard core CSL version of all their M cars. That way, they can still have the heavy but ‘marketable’ car, but also the light wieght sports car.

  • patricksixer

    Agreed on CSLs…can’t be that expensive??

    I wonder why is BMW so adamant on dropping the S85, didn’t it cost them a bit of money to develop? Why drop it so soon? Are the numbers–for efficiency, costs, power, etc., everything involved–really that bad? or just that favorable to the ‘N63 on steroids?’

    As for the rendering, I’m expecting a bit more, though it’s not bad. I would prefer that the rear not be so elevated though, if anything lower would be better looking. I can’t wait to see the F10 and then the F12, though the latter may disappoint me…

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  • Gragop

    @Giom:

    There really isn’t much of a market for CSL’s outside of the one-off models. I doubt there’s a business case for an M5 CSL if BMW can’t justify a cheaper, more sporting M3.

  • Giom

    @Gragop:

    I don’t fully agree. I think it’s more a case of: “If they build it, people will buy it.” I’m not talking huge numbers -just enough to return on investment. PLUS, BMW’s image needs this right now, I think.

  • Gragop

    @Giom: I agree that BMW’s image needs it but usually car development is a very expensive proposition. I think you’d be looking at a 100k to 110k+ M5 which I’m not sure the market wants. The M3 CSL markets to a different crowd than an M5 CSL would.

    People who buy an M5 typically don’t want the compromises of the M3 such as less space, performance ride comfort. Therefore, I think it’s a very small market – small enough for BMW to make little, if any, money, especially in this market. There’s probably enough of a lack of a market for BMW allocate developmental resources for it.

    Also – CSL stands for Coupe-Sport-Light so by default it’s outside of a CSL concept, especially given it’s curb weight.

  • L1ndja

    I agree with some of you who said that BMW cars should loose some weight if they keep on doing it this way BMW’s image will change and it wont bee the Agile carmaker anymore but I disagree with thouse of you who said that the Turbo way Bmw is choosing is the right one.My message to Bmw would be: Make as many Turbo charged cars if they are that efficient but dont change the M-cars N/A motors they are killers,best sound on earth…
    As for the CSL cars i would agree that there is need for an M3 CSL but not for an M5.The M5 is a luxury car no one in the world would buy an M5 without A/C.I think that there is a need for an M6 CSL too but that to a very limited number because there wouldnt be enough buyers for him 2.Around a 100 for the M6 CSL and 500-1000 for the M3 CSL.Beyond this im beggining to like the idea of the M-versions of X5 and X6.Lets see how it comes out.

  • Gord

    Would this TT V8 really save weight ? Wasn’t the 550i about the same weight as the E60 M5 ?

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    @Gord: Apparently it will, overall the car should be lighter, due to different materials being used, but we shall see…

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