Based on spy photos, our friend Jon Sibal/Leftlanenews is back with another rendering of the 2012 BMW M5. While the new 5 Series Sedan is days away from its official unveiling, the next generation M5 super sedan is due to launch in 2011 as a MY12 model.
The 2012 BMW M5 rendered below features the M-style front-fascia with larger, aggressive air intakes and of course, the now branded “M” fender vents. The rendering also features M-style wheels, very aggressive and quite stunning.
The next generation BMW M5 is one of the most highly awaited Ms ever released by BMW. Using for the first time a turbocharged engine, the F10 M5 moves away from the naturally aspirated engines seen in the past and will use some of the latest technological advancements in the automotive industry.
There is still some sort of mystery around the turbo engine used. Based on our sources’ reports and what other magazines reported, a V8 twin-turbo engine is the powerplant of choice in the new F10 M5. Output? Unknown, but we expect higher than the 555 ponies outputted by the X5 M and X6 M. BMW hins that the V8’s highest output should come before 6,000 rpm.
With a car growing in size, a new large engine, M5’s weight concerns are being addressed by using plenty of carbon fiber design elements. The newly unveiled wind tunnel in Munich will play an important role in the aerodynamics of the new M5. Sources close to the company state that the car will get Active Aerodynamics, which blanks off parts of the grille and cooling intakes during warm-up and under light throttle load.
The F10 BMW M5 will launch a year after the regular 5 Series models and the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show could be the perfect venue.