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.
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.