The new 2011 BMW M5 F10 won’t be unveiled until next spring, at the Geneva auto show, in a concept form, but in the meantime it has been spied again, sporting very little camouflage. This time the prototype caught during tests is painted in Alpine White and gives us a better view of the design characteristics.
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 intakes. 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 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. 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. The new M5, although not from the beginning, will also be available with optional Carbon Ceramic brakes.
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.
The car’s construction will be a hybrid of an aluminum spaceframe for the front section and a traditional steel monocoque for the passenger compartment and rear. Up front will be an independent suspension with MacPherson struts, with a multi-link layout for the rear. BMW will make extensive use of carbon-fiber and aluminum parts, starting with the a carbon-fiber roof.
As we’ve mentioned above, 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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