Spy Shots: 2012 BMW M5 loses more camouflage


2012 BMW M5 was once again spotted by spy photographers on the Old Continent. With just a few months left before its official unveiling, the …

2012 BMW M5 was once again spotted by spy photographers on the Old Continent. With just a few months left before its official unveiling, the new F10 M5 enters the Final Evaluation Phase where the last kinks are being ironed out.

Part of this final testing phase, the test mules begin to lose their camouflage and more design details are being revealed.

Judging by these spy photos, the 2012 BMW M5 will be one of the most aggressive M to date with impressive road presence and massive looks.

Spy Shots: 2012 BMW M5 loses more camouflage

The front-end gets the M treatment with the usual aggressive bumper and large air intake. The hood features the same sporty look with concave and convex shapes as seen in some of the newer BMWs. The design lines continue to flow from front to end and they become even more substantiated on the sides.

The M gills continue to be covered by the camouflage, but without a doubt, the M trademark will live in this model as well.

Judging by the spy photo, the car sits lower than the regular 5 Series and due to the wider rear fenders, it sports a more muscular look. Two different sets of M wheels are seen on this test mule, but unclear what is the reason behind this choice.

At the rear-end, the typical quad exhausts remain with a sculpted diffuser and central intake. A small bootlid spoiler allows the car to remain understated and restrained.

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. If the final horsepower numbers will stand, then the new M5 will have 60 horsepower more than the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG and similar output as the Audi RS6.

For the first time, the 2012 BMW M5 will sport a carbon-fiber roof. To keep the weight down in this slightly larger model, BMW will make extensive use of carbon-fiber and aluminum parts.

The 2012 BMW M5 goes on sale next Spring.

[More photos at Autoblog ]

  • Andrei M

    It looks better and better. Can’t wait for the official pictures. Oh, and i want one :D

  • xEKx

    when will the official pictures is come?

  • Laszlo

    “…Judging by the spy photo, the car sits lower than the regular 5 Series… ”

    Thank you captain obvious, ALL M cars sits lower then their normal counterparts.
    Its like saying – it will probably go faster then a 525i … duh… but the car is definitely a nicer shape. Looking back to the cars between the E39 and this, Bangle was a certifiable idiot. And all the people who gave him awards and a fat salary/bonuses were idiots too. I always thought his cars were ugly but seeing how little can make a fugly car to a nice one (best example is the new Z4) his design was clearly a wrong one. It will take BMW a long time to loose the Bungleism but when it will part that way their cars will look elegant and stylish again.

    • wazon8

      Are really going to say that e92 or e60 are ugly? So far, e92 is one of the best BMW ever made IMO.

    • Babken

      Don’t insult other people. Bangle was a distinct epoch in BMW’s history. Let’s just thank him for the job he has done. I think that his designs were interesting anyway.

    • Doug

      You totally made Bangle your bitch, Laszlo! That random diatribe gets a thumbs-up!

    • K

      Actually, my stock 2010 M3 sits higher than most stock 2010 3-series. Thank you for your insightful comments. They were, obviously, quite appreciated.

  • billmilo

    WOW. Looks delicious.

  • Nizer

    Nice but I’m holding out for lighter 400hp straight six M5.

    • Z3

      I6 lighter than V8?

      • Gord

        A bit unrelated, but I heard the new E92s M3’s V8 was actually lighter then the previous I6.

        • billmilo

          You probably heard that on Top Gear, which says the engine is lighter than the I6, but no the car itself. The car itself is about 289lb heavier than the E46.

          • Doug

            Yeah… I think they were saying that it was lighter than the previous 3.2L I6.

        • Alvin Wong

          It actually is. It’s slightly more fuel efficient as well.

  • viper

    looks horrible

    • Bryce

      …you would say that

  • ///

    Is it faster than RS6? the power is same.

  • James May

    It will be . The m3 has the same power as the rs4 but is alot faster. Its about how you use the power. Thats why we love BMW efficient dynamics. And now the m5 will have alot of torque it will not loss out no where. I hope it has kers. an extra 50 -70 bhp at a push of a button

  • efoza

    I can’t wait for the 5 GTM