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Spy Photos: The all new BMW M5 shows its angel eyes

Spy Photos | April 21st, 2010 by 8
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Spring and summer are the most exciting seasons for all spy photographers out there, and certainly those that “chase” those upcoming BMWs. Once again, the …

Spring and summer are the most exciting seasons for all spy photographers out there, and certainly those that “chase” those upcoming BMWs. Once again, the upcoming 2012 BMW M5 makes an appearance somewhere in Germany.

This last spotted prototype loses for the first time its camouflage from around the headlights and gives us a chance to see the entire Corona LED rings.

Power

The M5 will inherit a dual clutch transmission which will be unique to the M5, based upon the 7-Speed transmission currently found in the M3. 8-Speed unit will also be available and will be equipped with a stop-start control. The DCT will be operated with steering wheel mounted shifting paddles. The new M5, although not from the beginning, will also be available with optional Carbon Ceramic brakes.

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The 2012 BMW M5 is powered by an updated version of the engine found in the BMW X5 M and X6 M. The 4.4-liter V8 twin-scroll powerplant will peak at 578-horsepower and 530 lb-ft of torque. The 0-62 mph dash should take about 4.4 seconds, even though we expect to see lower track times.

Build

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. BMW will make extensive use of carbon-fiber and aluminum parts, starting with the a carbon-fiber roof.

Design

The typical BMW M branded elements are featured on the new M5 as well. The central intake size has been diminished due to the larger and wider front-grille. Wheel arches are swollen to add some mass on the F10 M5’s body. A side air intake is placed underneath the character line which surfaces at the wheel arch. The side skirts are more sculptured, something seen on the new 5 Series as well, allowing for improved aerodynamics.

The typical quad exhausts surround the diffuser and central intake. A small bootlid spoiler allows the car to remain understated and restrained.

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As seen on this test mule, BMW continues to test different wheels options.

The new 2012 BMW M5 will make its official debut at Geneva Motor Show in 2011, but the first official photos and technical information will be revealed in November of this year.

[Source: Autowereld | Pistonspy ]

  • badger

    isn’t it time that the sports sedans of this age reach a limit?
    550+ horsepower in a sedan is awesome, but will a car in the future ever beats this M5’s power?. I believe this is a last era of the super sports sedans. Wonder what can we expect from BMW in the future…

    • Jason

      I think 600hp is the limit .After that the cars aren’t street driveable. Although I’m sure there is a way around that. Something where the power scales with speed. I just hope these cars are put together better than the E39 I have, I had to use my http://carassistants.com subscription way too much with it.

  • Bryce

    I love both of those wheel options on the M5!! Those 5-spokes look awesome. I can only imagine what it’s like driving with 578 horses at my disposal.

  • Beowolf

    I can imagine what 578 hp and 530 Tq plus possible additional 50 hp via KERS will feel like.. Ballistic Missile.. The last E39 M5 i owned I thought had enough RAW power for everyday driving and that was 100 HP less than E60 M5’s 500 HP and 170HP less than the new M5..

    How much HP does one possibly need on the highway.. I dunno..
    The only thing that is certain is that you have to be very attentive with that much POWER because you squeeze the throttle and BAM! you are right there!

  • Laszlo

    SOCCER Moms galore ! DSC will have a full automatic mode, so no trouble holding the cafee latte and bluethooth will also help with the phone so the lipstick can remain safe and sound in her hand.
    Amazing… 578HP for an everyday person to abuse it on the public roads…

    The McLaren F1 had about 50 more in race spec. It was insane at the time…

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  • Mike

    is it just me, or do those wheels look super large

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