After watching the video below, we’re almost positive that the next generation BMW M5 will be powered by a V8 twin-turbo. Some of you “old schoolers” might still mourn over the phenomenal sound coming from the 5.0 liter V10 naturally aspirated engine, but truth is that the turbo “whistle and roar” is just as sexy. While naturally aspirated engines have been the soul of M cars for many years, the truth is that the new turbos offer some advantages that cannot be overlooked.
First, we have the immense torque at very low RPMs, with minimal turbo lag. Second, fuel economy is an important factor these days and another advantage of a turbo unit. Last, but not least, several professional tuners have praised the tuning potential that comes with these new engines and that gives them more room to experiment and improve their kits.
What we don’t know at this point is the power outcome from these V8 twin-turbo engines. Is the new M5 going to output the 555 horsepower we’ve seen in the X5M/X6M or is it going to reconfirm its status in the segment by upping the power numbers?
But for now, let’s recap some of the things we learned in the past about the 2012 BMW M5. The drivetrain of the F10 BMW M5 will feature a similar KERS system as the one found in the Formula 1 monoposts which will offer fuel savings technologies as well the ability to shut down cylinders while city driving. The KERS will also feature a boost button imported from the F1 cars that will allow the driver to unleash all the energy stored up.
Two gearboxes are being considered, an updated 8-speed dual-clutch gearbox (DCT) or a more advanced 8-speed SMG.
With the “regular” 5 Series launching early next year, the M5 F10 won’t be seen until a year later, most likely again at the Geneva Motor Show.