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Spy Photos: 2012 BMW M5 spied during winter testing

Spy Photos | February 25th, 2010 by 8
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The new 2012 BMW M5 is rumored not to be one of the best M to date, but also it will incorporate plenty of “green …

The new 2012 BMW M5 is rumored not to be one of the best M to date, but also it will incorporate plenty of “green technology”, as part of BMW’s future plans and investment in the EfficientDynamics program. Latest spy photos are showing the M5 prototypes going through the usual winter testing, this time up north in Sweeden.

The new F10 BMW M5 is scheduled to be unveiled in 2011, a bit over a year after the 5 Series models. While the new M5 will incorporate fuel-saving technologies like the KERS system seen in Formula 1, the new super sporty seday strives to maintain its “King of the road” status.

Rumors mention 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 RS6.2012-bmw-m5-spy-shots

The transmission of choice seems to be 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 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.

While no information have leaked on the expected 0 to 62 mph performance, we expect to see some times slightly above the 4 seconds treshold.

[Source: Car Magazine ]

  • badger

    The 4.4 V8 twin turbo is a great engine. But it is still a very thirsty engine. So, Im guessing the M5 will be tagged with the gas guzzler tax, here in the US.

    • :p

      Knowing this car is lighter and more arodynamic than the XM Series and that the Efficient Dynamics is gona be present in this car, it may miss the Gas Guzzler Tax if it could get 15 city and 21 highway. which is right below the 550i

  • Elgee

    I just hope it will be lightweight cause even if the new 5er is better than the E60 it is also heavier !!! I can’t wait to see it.

  • Babken

    The upcoming M5 will make a real revolution in its segment and will once again set a standard other will never match.

    • viper

      get a doctor , a real one

  • efoza

    the coming m5 is currently beig tested in uk on its A roads and it looks great

  • BMWM6

    I just wish it had that wow power factor when BMW said the E60 had 500hp it was crazy

    I want to see that again maybe 650 hp

  • tomtru

    I had the old m5 with V10 engine and 500 hp and for me is the best sedan i’ve ever driven also better than some super sport car… One month ago i bought the new X 6 m and it is a very powerful car, but the engine is not so involving as the V10:less noise, less reaction and more a lot of lag but a huge torque at low rev. I’m waiting the new M5 too see how fast it will be. But why in the article they wrote that the new M5 is rumored not to be one of the best M to date? Sorry but i don’t understand may beacouse I’m Italian…

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