In less than six months, BMW will premiere the latest, newest and vastly improved BMW M5. The first M5 model (E28) was first introduced at the Amsterdam Motor Show in 1984 and the new M5 will make its official debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2011.
The super sporty M5 continues its testing sessions as the part of the Final Evaluation Phase and goes through another round of high speeds at Nurburgring.
In a past interview, 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.
The same very engine is rumored to feature cylinder shutdown to aid with fuel consumption overall figures and a 25-30% more efficiency is expected, when compared to the current E60 M5.
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.
While built on the same platform, F10, as the sedan, the M5 features wider fenders, giving the car more muscular and imposing look.
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.
[Photos by Wilco Blok ]