In our opinion, one of the most exciting BMWs coming out in the next two years, is the redesigned, revamped, reinvented F10 BMW M5. While many of us are still die-hard fans of the current E60 M5, progression and technology advancement has to follow a normal path, and the new BMW M5 promises to deliver that.
The new 2012 BMW M5 is rumored not to be one of the best M to date, and the fastest of course, but also it will incorporate plenty of “green technology”, as part of BMW’s future plans and investment in the EfficientDynamics program. BMW plans to use several new technologies and a KERS system that will put the new M5 ahead of the current model, both in performance and fuel efficiency. With the new model, BMW Motorsport estimates a 20% cut in CO2 emissions.
An updated version of the engine found in the BMW X5 M and X6 M will make its way into the F10 M5. The 4.4-liter V8 twin-scroll powerplant will peak at 578-horsepower and 530 lb-ft of torque, 60 horsepower more than the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG, but the same as the Audi RS6.
The car is rumored to feature a modified version of the M3′s M-DCT system, but a second transmission option might be offered as well.
The 0-62 mph dash should take about 4.4 seconds, even though enthusiasts expect lower number. Top speed will be an electronically limited 155 mph, but with this removed the new M5 should top out at 188 mph.
To keep the weight down, BMW will make extensive use of carbon-fiber and aluminum parts, starting with the a carbon-fiber roof. The car’s construction will be a hybrid of an aluminum spaceframe for the front section and a traditional steel monocoque for the passenger compartment and rear. Up front will be an independent suspension with MacPherson struts, with a multi-link layout for the rear.
The F10 BMW M5 will be unveiled at the end of this year with a debut at the Geneva Motor Show in 2011; sales will follow shortly after.
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[Source: CarMagazine ]