Spy Video: 2012 BMW M5 together with BMW M1 and M3 GTS

3-Series | May 3rd, 2010 by 15

Now this is a treat. Some of the most exciting upcoming models from the M Division have been spotted together somewhere in Germany. The next …

Now this is a treat. Some of the most exciting upcoming models from the M Division have been spotted together somewhere in Germany. The next generation BMW M5 was seen next to the M3 GTS and the highly-awaited BMW M1, or 1M or 135M as some call it.

BMW M3 GTS launches this summer and it will not be available in the U.S. Despite its high price tag, $170,000, the first units have already been sold out. Exclusively for the BMW M3 GTS, the BMW M engineers have developed a power unit based on the M high-performance engine of the current BMW M3 with a capacity of 4.4 liters and an output of some 450 bhp. The car is fitted with a 7-speed M dual clutch transmission with adapted shift characteristics.

The next generation M5, built on the F10 platform, will be unveiled next year at the Geneva Motor Show and is shaping up to be one of the most exciting M cars ever built by BMW. 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,


Last, but certainly not least, the BMW 1M (the final branding name has yet to be announced). Built on the current 1 Series Coupe platform, the 1M is BMW’s send off before the new generation 1 Series comes into focus. The car will have a very short production cycle, 1 year, and it will target BMW’s core enthusiasts. The new M model is powered by an updated/upgraded N55 engine coming from the M Division. The 1,500 kg M1 also features a high performance intercooler and the output is said to be measured at 345 horsepower.
The engine is matted to an M-DCT transmission, but a manual option will be offered as well. As any other sporty car, the BMW 1M will offer the much-craved LSD (limited slip differentials).

Enjoy the video!

[Source: BimmerToday ]

  • 100$ GUY

    The most important spy info/video of late for bmw fans.
    I was here first ;)

  • Bryce

    I saw 4 vehicles, but only 3 were mentioned in the article. Is the highly camouflaged vehicle also an M5?

    • Christoph

      No, it’s the 2013 3 series sedan.

      • wazon8

        Are you sure about that? Its exhaust doosn’t look like 3-er exhaust.

        • Christoph

          Errr… no! I checked it again and I think it’s too big for a 3 series, but if it’s a 5 series why is it covered that much?

          • wazon8

            Hard to say. Maybe BMW is testing some components for other car (BMW GC?!) using 5 series body. In the similar way as they’re testing Z2 platform using Z4’s body with heavy camouflage. Since this car is driven in a company with M3 GTS and upcoming M5, it should be M-product. All I know is that I’ve never seen this registeration plate before, contraty to M5 which has been catched during winter tests, m3 GTS played even role in promotion video and this 135M is well known from the very beggining of the project.

  • 100$ GUY

    How stuff like these happens anyway?
    BMW doesn`t care anymore or this was a mistake?

    • wazon8

      I don’t get your point. I really doubt that BMW didn’t expect to be catched here. Actually, all situation works in their favour. They remainded people about upcoming M-cars in a way that borns numbers of questions. Now we know that M5 F10 is compared with M3 GTS during tests, which push fans to ask about its track performance. The same story goes for 135M. And they showed one strange car of 5 series size, most probably with V8, to make us wondering about what it is. If they didn’t want us to see these cars, they wouldn’t park them in this place.

  • Laszlo

    m3 gts has already been released, no secret there. There will be NO M1 that car will be a 135iS and yes more tehn likely a one year model only as the new 1 series should debut soon.
    The M5 is a news here and that is still camouflaged. I guess the drivers needed a coffee break or bathroom break ? Or it was done purposely to draw attention from the media/forums.
    BMW does want the anticipation to get high before the final curtain falls on each models. This drives the interest and hopefully the deposit checks up.

    The 1 series is a bit crazy looking with a goofy rear fender wells. Hope that was just a joke from the M-division.

    • Auday

      Laszlo, you sound quite sure about it, do you have any confirmed info or is it just your personal guess?

    • wazon8

      Laszlo, don’t you think that modifications are too extended as for IS-models? You can see that at least rear axis became to be wider, unlike in other IS-cars. And it seems pretty strange that BMW needs so much time to develop IS-car.

    • Horatiu B.

      It is def NOT the 135is. The car is an M product without a doubt. Believe me on this one, lots of sources confirmed it.

  • T

    You have to ask? Why does the E82 travel in convoy from Garching to the Nürburgring with the M5 and M3 GTS. Previous iS cars such as the 335i and Z4 did not receive such high performance company.

  • nick

    wouldnt the M5 have the aerodynamic mirrors ??
    and better looking exhausts??
    the one in d video had the stock mirrors,

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