2012 will bring one of the most exciting BMWs ever built. The next generation M5 will make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show the same year and is rumored not to be only the best and fastest ///M to date, but also to bring some of the latest advancements in the automotive industry.
Power is what characterizes an M5, but this time, power and dynamics will be combined with 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 M division 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. 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.
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.
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 2012 BMW M5 rendered below by the WDeerfield, features an M-style front-fascia with larger, aggressive air intakes and the usual “M” fender vents. Atlantis Blue is the color of choice this time, giving the M5 that “head-turner” look we were looking for.
As we mentioned earlier, the 2012 BMW M5 will debut next year at Geneva Motor Show, but we expect to see the official photos at the end of 2010.