The new 2012 BMW M5 has been once again spotted by spy photographers. The “almighty” M5 is due to launch in 2012 and test mules continue to be tested by German engineers.
As seen in previous photos, the new M5 sports an aggressive front-end with the M treatment which includes the usual aggressive bumper and large air intake. The hood features the same sporty look with concave and convex shapes, the V-forming creases that enhance its sportiness.
The corona lights with daytime running lights are present as well, as seen on the 5 Series models.
The exterior design lines continue to flow across the sides, with a crease running from the front to the rear wheel arches. They become even more substantiated as they approach the rear-end. Wider rear fenders visually enhance the M5’s road presence.
The prototype spotted here also runs on what seem to be final production wheels and side mirrors. To add even more to the overall suspense, spy photographers also snapped shots of the interior design.
With the new generation M5, BMW focused on focused on lightweight construction and materials. The chassis is pressed in aluminum and several lightweight materials are used in doors, bonnet and even roof (carbon fiber). To reduce drag and boost down-force and lower fuel consumption, special Aerodynamic aids that will be incorporated in the front of the car, including the outer-edge of the wheel arches , front bumpers and within the grille intake. Mini turbines are incorporated in the grille to convert drag under braking into electricity.
The rumored engine powering the M5 is based on the one found in the X5 M and X6 M vehicles, a 4.4 liter V8 twin-scrolls rumored to produce around 580 horsepower and 530 lb-of torque.
A concept version of the new F10 M5 will be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in 2011, followed by the official launch at the Frankfurt show in September.
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