Early next year, BMW will unveil the fifth generation M5, a high performance luxury sedan built on 5 Series sedan bodystyle by the Motorsport division of BMW.
The first M5 model (E28) was first introduced at the Amsterdam Motor Show in 1984. The latest and greatest m5 will make its official debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2011.
With just a few months left before its official unveiling, the new F10 M5 enters the Final Evaluation Phase where the last kinks are being ironed out and last technical details are being handled by the M engineers.
Part of this final testing phase, the test mules begin to lose their camouflage and more design details are being revealed.
As seen in all the previous spy photos (see coverage here), the front-end sports the expected M trademarks with the usual aggressive bumper and larger than normal air intakes.
The new generation M5 follows the new design language introduced by BMW in the 5 Series Sedan. The design lines continue to flow from front to end and they become even more substantiated on the sides where multiple convex and concave shapes give the M5 an extra-dynamic look.
The M gills continue to be covered by the camouflage, but without a doubt, the M trademark will live in this model as well.
While built on the same platform, F10, as the sedan, the M5 features wider fenders, giving the car more muscular and imposing look.
At the rear-end, the typical quad exhausts remain with a sculpted diffuser and central intake. A small bootlid spoiler allows the car to remain understated and restrained.
Power wise, the F10 M5 is rumored to pack around 585 horsepower coming from a 4.4 liter V8 powerplant. The engine 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).
In order to stay competitive in the market, we expect the 2012 M5 to follow the steps of the latest 5er with base prices set at the same levels as the E60 models.[Source: M5board ]