The new BMW M5 makes another interesting appearance. Moving away from the boring, but necessary street-testing, the supersport sedan returns to the place where it has the most fun: Nurburgring race track.
This time, BMW engineers take the car on a wet track and show us the drifting capabilities of the new M5. Due to launch at the end of 2011, the F10 M5 will make its first official appearance at the Geneva Motor Show early next year.
Recently, BMW’s M boss, Dr. Kay Segler confirmed that the next generation 2012 BMW M5 will be powered by a V8 turbocharged engine. The powerplant in the F10 M5 is based on the same unit found in the BMW X5 M and X6M, the twin scroll twin turbo version of the N63, known as the S63, with Cylinder-bank Comprehensive Manifold (CCM).
While not officially confirmed, the power output is expected to range from 585 to 600 horsepower, and 530 lb-ft of torque. As the M boss pointed out, the new M5 will offer the best of two worlds: for normal everyday driving and for use as a race car , triggered by a push of a button. “The philosophy of “Two Cars in One”, which we have once established, you will find it explicitly in this vehicle.”, said Dr. Segler.
The 2012 BMW M5 will inherit a dual clutch transmission which will be unique to the M5, based upon the 7-Speed transmission currently found in the M3. An 8-Speed unit will also be available and will be equipped with a stop-start control. The DCT will be operated with steering wheel mounted shifting paddles.
As seen in previous spy photos, 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.
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.