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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.