After countless spy photos of the new 2011 BMW M5, today, we have some footage to share with you of the same M model. Due to launch in 2011 with a world premiere scheduled for the Geneva Motor Show, the new F10 M5 will not only be one of the “greenest” M cars built to date, but also one of the most aggressive and fastest models coming out of the M Division.
The car uses an updated version of the 4.4-liter V8 twin-scroll powerplant found in the BMW X6 M. Official numbers are yet to be revealed, but sources close to the brand indicate that the upgraded engine powering the M5 will peak at 578 horsepower and 530 lb-ft of torque. Based on these facts, we expect the F10 M5 to run from 0 to 62 mph in 4.4 seconds. The numbers are estimable at best and also, understated in our opinion. 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.
With the next F10 M5, BMW will continue to emphasize their efforts in the EfficientDynamics program. Further technologies aimed at reducing fuel consumption without sacrificing driving pleasure and performance, are being part of the new M5. The V8 will also feature cylinder shutdown to aid with fuel consumption overall figures and a 25-30% more efficiency is expected, when compared to the current E60 M5.
The KERS functionality will be implemented in the transmission most likely. BMW partnered with several other manufacturers to implement hybrid capabilities in a transmission over the past several years. The ZF eight speed automatic used in the new 5 Series family can be mated to a torque convertor or an electronic wet clutch, so there is some possibility that this will be the core of the 8-speed DCT used on the M5.
Judging by the spy video, the front-end gets sports the usual M treatment with a more aggressive bumper and larger 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.
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. For the first time, the 2012 BMW M5 will sport a carbon-fiber roof.