Our sources indicate that we’re just weeks away from the official unveiling of the new 2012 BMW M5. The super sporty luxury sedan is scheduled to make its world debut in a concept form at the upcoming Shanghai Motor Show. The production vehicle will be released later this year with sales beginning in early 2012.
Preparing for its world debut, F10 M5 prototypes continue to be tested by German engineers in different climates. Last set of spy photos come from Sweden where BMW, along with other automakers, usually conduct their winters testing.
Latest set of spy shots reveal almost entirely the front fascia. The headlights are completely unveiled, while small camouflage tape still covers some section of the front bumper.
Design wise, the F10 M5 gets front-end M treatment with the usual aggressive bumper and large air intakes. The production M5 features a hood with a same sporty look emphasized by concave and convex shapes as seen in some of the newer BMWs. The design lines continue to flow from front to end and they become even more substantiated on the sides. The car sits lower than the regular 5 Series and thanks to the wider rear fenders, it sports a more muscular look.
At the rear-end, the typical quad exhausts remain with a sculpted diffuser and central intake. A small bootlid spoiler allows the car to remain understated and restrained.
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. Yesterday’s rumors revolved around the new M5 being available with automatic transmission only, but our sources indicate that these are pure speculations.
More on the new 2012 BMW M5 in the upcoming weeks.