Spy photos: 2011 BMW M5 F10 in Alpine White

Spy Photos | September 3rd, 2010 by 5
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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 …

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.

Spy photos: 2011 BMW M5 F10 in Alpine White

Power

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.

Build

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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  • viper

    it comes out last and still lacks power and speed , looks ofcourse , never had them anyway….

    • M5POWER

      Spec doesn’t says it all… DRIVE IT MORON!

  • Pierre

    Dissapointing performance figures. C’mon BMW look what Nissan has done with the GTR!! It is 1sec quicker on a 0 – 62 mph run and yet costs at least 25K less? How is that? Does Nissan make everyone look like fools?

  • http://www.kangen.com X5M

    I think the specs are off. Those times are similar to the existing X5M and X6M which weigh more and have less horsepower. I would expect sub 4.0 0-62 times.

  • Bmw

    It is awesome despite what all of you say an is going to absoulutely thrash the Audi equivalent, the RS6/7. It is going to have 2 less horsepower than the proposed RS7 but is going to be lighter, more aerodynamic with better cornering speeds, with better acceleration with it’s V8 biturbo. I do hope the put in the KERS system with the 10 second boost.

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