Next generation BMW M5 prototype returns to Nurburgring for more testing. Spy photographers managed to capture the M5 on video and give us a glance at what the new M will bring.
Judging by the sound of the engine and the smooth, perfect shifting, we believe that we are looking at a DCT gearbox. Back in June, 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 Dr. Segler has not confirmed the power output, we expect to see anywhere from 585 to 600 horsepower.
According to our sources, the 2012 BMW M5 the dual clutch transmission is unique to the M5, based upon the 7-Speed transmission currently found in the M3. Rumor is that 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.
In March 2011, Geneva Motor Show will be the host of the world premiere of the new F10 M5.