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.
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 ]