Spy Photos: 2012 BMW M5 showing “more skin”

Spy Photos | March 6th, 2010 by 11
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With all the talk around the M1 or..no M1 vehicle, the 2012 BMW M5 slipped out of focus, but today, thanks to the latest and …

BMW 5Series 531010104736791600x1060

With all the talk around the M1 or..no M1 vehicle, the 2012 BMW M5 slipped out of focus, but today, thanks to the latest and greatest photos by Autocar, we can finally see what BMW is preparing for us with their new and hopefully, best M to date.

The next generation M5 is announcing to be one of the most advanced and performance oriented M cars ever built.

As seen in the spy photo above, the M5 sports a new front bumper, a more aggressive approach as one would expect to see in an M car.

The wheel arches are also larger in order to emphasize the M-look. A side air intake is placed underneath the character line which climaxes at the wheel arch. The side skirts are more sculptured with plenty of concave/convex design lines allowing for good aerodynamics.

With the new 2012 BMW M5, power and dynamics will be combined with the “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.

While not officially confirmed, previous reports indicated that the F10 M5 will use an updated engine from the BMW X6 M. The 4.4-liter V8 twin-scroll powerplant will peak at around 570-580 horsepower and 530 lb-ft of torque.

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 2012 BMW M5 is expected to debut next year with a world premiere at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show.

[Source: Autocar ]

11 responses to “Spy Photos: 2012 BMW M5 showing “more skin””

  1. Giom says:

    If it wasn’t for the four tail pipes, I wouldn’t have thought that this was the M5 test car. In the past, the M5 test car was so obvious. You could see the deep M style front bumper and little details on the fender. This has none of that.

    Is it possible that the new M5 is going to be toned down significantly than before?

  2. n8n says:

    My God! It will be a fast car… :o Can’t wait Jeremy Clarkson’s comments after the first ride :) and comparison between new M5, E AMG, RS6 and XFR ;)

  3. io says:

    it will be the fastest 4-door saloon certainly

    i can’t wait

  4. viper says:

    M5 will be a total failure in my eyes , in terms of design , exterior , interior and who knows what else , time will tell

    • wazon8 says:

      Right now, E63AMG is total failure in terms of perfomance. Could you remember me its average slalom speed? Isn’t it 0,1 mph higher than that of M5 E60? I don’t know how this car is supposed to compete with M5 F10. Design is a matter of taste, I really like upcoming M5 and don’t see the point in arguing about it with you. I feel however obligated to remember that you said that 5-er F10’s interior looked better than that of new E-class. So, better recosider your complaint in this aspect.

    • Alvin Wong says:

      Your trolling is a total failure.

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