The new F10 BMW M5 is just a couple of months away from its official unveiling, but in the mean time, the BMW engineers continue to test the M5 prototypes in a variety of weather conditions. The latest test mule was spotted in Germany while riding through some light snow.
According to our sources, BMW will debut the new M5 in a concept form at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2011, followed by the world premiere of the production version at Frankfurt show in September.
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 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 times on track.
The engine is matted to a dual clutch transmission which 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.
As seen in the spy photo above, 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 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.
Technology-wise, BMW says the new M5 will be the most advanced M car built-to-date and we expect some of the features on this model to be available on the next generation M3 as well.[Source: Autoblog | Carpix ]