2012 BMW M5 spotted with no camouflage?

Featured Posts, Spy Photos | October 30th, 2010 by 26
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Update: Could this be just the M-Sport Package with a Performance Exhaust? We can’t certainly say if this is the 2012 BMW M5, but judging …

Update: Could this be just the M-Sport Package with a Performance Exhaust?

We can’t certainly say if this is the 2012 BMW M5, but judging by some of M-specific elements, we are inclined to believe that the new M5 has just been spotted with no camouflage. Unfortunately, only a rear shot has been provided, but the car resembles the several test mules we have seen in the past months.

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 5 Series sedan, the M5 features wider fenders, giving the car more muscular and imposing look. The twin dual-exhaust tips are an M trademark and the prototype spotted features them as well.

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Even though not shown in this photo, the front-end sports the expected M trademarks with the usual aggressive bumper and larger than normal air intakes. To keep the weight down in this slightly larger model, BMW will make extensive use of carbon-fiber and aluminum parts.

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. If the final horsepower numbers will stand, then the new M5 will have 60 horsepower more than the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG and similar output as the Audi RS6.

[Photo by Christian Wimmer at GCF]

26 responses to “2012 BMW M5 spotted with no camouflage?”

  1. Lady says:

    OMG!!!!

    That looks sexy!!!!! I think I am excited!

  2. Hari G says:

    My pants just got tighter. Te he…

  3. Hari G says:

    On a second thought. I think I saw previous spy shots that showed agressive rear diffuser and the exhaut pairs are a little closer to the center of the car.

  4. Ok this totally is not an M5.. its a 550 with quad exhaust with the M sport package. Come on guys…

  5. Billy says:

    the wheels look like the same ones in the spy photos, only silver here. I wish they offered them in black, they look so much better

  6. NOT AN M5. NOT THE PRODUCTION WHEELS. if it were, where is the side gill/vent?

    it’s simply an m-sport model with ‘custom’ quads.

  7. DK says:

    This definitely isn’t an M5. It’s most likely a 550i with M Sport Package and an upcoming BMW Performance Exhaust. The M5 will have more aggressive wheel arches and a completely different back end that is colour coded to the body.

  8. Giom says:

    The missing side vents is the clue. No M5.

  9. M5POWER says:

    Perhaps testing the Twin-Turbo V8 on an M-Sport chassis? Who knows…

  10. Luky46 says:

    I think that it’s not F10 M5, just look at the side of the car, there is not a grid M5 wheels the same as the M-sport packet, rear diffuser is the same as the Mpacket and not as we have seen in these spy photos http://f10 .5post.com/forums/showthread.php? t = 445625 which is similar to the new M3 E92/92 and mirrors are also ordinary than the F10 normal non-M version

  11. Ted Spahr says:

    Eisenmann has made/is testing a quad exhaust for the 535i… This is probably similar. Probably not even BMW testing.

    http://www.ind-distribution.com/images/F10-3

    http://www.ind-distribution.com/images/F10-1

  12. Babken says:

    This isn’t the M5. The M5 should be lower than the standard 5 Series.

  13. Tha says:

    That’s a photoshop, the lighting on the exhaust pipes is different than the rest of the car.

  14. ///M5Manny says:

    Not an ///M5. It’s a 550 M Sport with Perf exhaust.

    • Alex says:

      Exactly, not an M5. Side mirrors are typical 550, no gills on front fenders, plain rear bumper with aftermarket exhaust and rear diffuser.

  15. viper says:

    not an m5 , nor an exciting car

  16. X5SoB says:

    I’m inclined to agree with the others(except viper, naturally), and say that this is not the M5, but just a tastefully pimped out 550. The roll out of the M5 will be carefully done by BMW, and they wouldn’t allow a gaff like this.

  17. So it’s faster than the Audi RS6, am I right?

  18. bmw man says:

    the car will do over 200 mph can an audi rs6?? huh!!??

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