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 ]