2012 BMW M5 close to its final unveiling

Spy Photos | January 24th, 2011 by 11

According to our sources we are less than three months away from the official unveiling of the new 2012 F10 BMW M5. Meanwhile, BMW continues …

According to our sources we are less than three months away from the official unveiling of the new 2012 F10 BMW M5. Meanwhile, BMW continues to test different prototypes across Europe and the last one was spotted on the tarmac of the Schiphol airport in Netherlands.

Despite several reports on different BMW websites, including ours, the M5 Concept will not be unveiled at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, with another auto show being chosen as the host for the world debut of the concept version. (More on this soon).

The next generation 2012 BMW M5 drops the fans-favorite V10 naturally aspirated engine in favor for 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, but official track times will not be available until late 2011.

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As seen on these spy shots as well, the front-end sports the expected M trademarks with the usual aggressive bumper and larger than normal air intakes.

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.

Other new technology is expected to be seen in the new F10 M5, but BMW has been lips-sealed so far.

[Source: Autoblog.nl ]

11 responses to “2012 BMW M5 close to its final unveiling”

  1. X5SoB says:

    I like the rear picture with the Jet engine on top! an extra cost option, I assume.

  2. M5Cgnscente says:

    How fitting engine is going to be S63 since it’s actually closer in character to S62 based E39. Just like the E39 M5, it has understated looks..most will think garden variety 5 series with wider stance and fancy wheels.. big mistake.. Perfect sleeper.. and no need to beat your chest you have close to 600hp and over 500tq.. let the other guy line up next to your car and find out..

    I am worried about car being able to keep the power down with so much torque..hope trans and body can handle close to 550tq.. Hit M button, choose most aggressive shift logic, get on throttle, feather throttle through 1st prob little in 2nd gear..nail it all the way in third and hold on for dear life!

    • wazon8 says:

      Engines in M-cars were always properly set up to capacity of transmission, so I assume that it will be the case that time eighter. Hope nobody in BMW wants their M-cars to come close to AMG-cars in respect of transferring torgue to rear wheels.

  3. viper says:

    is 578hp official?

  4. mike says:

    Ironic that you mention the designation “S63” because if your performance numbers are accurate, this much anticipated M5 will be about on par with a
    2010 model AMG Mercedez. How disappointing after all this anticipation!! BMW had better do a whole lot better than that if they want my hard earned cash (like at least 4.0 0-62; and at least 600 bhp)!!

    • wazon8 says:

      On a par with E63 AMG in what respect? Still straight line acceleration (it’s all we’ve learned already) is far from what BMW is all about. Setting aside the fact that M5 e60 is still faster from 0 to 124mph than new E63 AMG and that it’s close to impossible for this upcoming M5 to be slower than previous model (and in result than E63AMG), just focus on M3 vs. C63 AMG competition, despite being slower on straight line acceleration M3 is superior sport car in all other respects (including track times).

  5. Gordon says:

    Still wish they kept the high revving naturally aspirated engines ….

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