The 2012 BMW M5 continues the testing process with more laps around the Nurburgring track. 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. The acoustic, as seen in the video below, while not as exciting as the naturally aspirated engines, it is quite a pleasure to listen to.
To maintain its dynamics and sporty allure, BMW had to keep the weight down since the new bodystyle is bigger than the E60 model. To accomplish this, BMW makes extensive use of carbon-fiber and aluminum parts, starting with the a carbon-fiber roof. The car’s construction is 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.
As expected in any M mode, the new F10 M5 sports a more aggressive front bumper than the regular 5 Series model. 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.
The 2012 BMW M5 will be unveiled at the end of this year with sales beginning in Spring of 2011.