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.
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.