Just The Facts: BMW M5 Concept

BMW M5 | April 4th, 2011 by 18
BMW M5 Concept 951 750x500 Just The Facts: BMW M5 Concept

There is a lot of ‘marketing lingo” in the 7 pages press release of the new BMW M5 Concept, so we decided to extract the …

There is a lot of ‘marketing lingo” in the 7 pages press release of the new BMW M5 Concept, so we decided to extract the useful information in a much cleaner format.

As we announced earlier today, BMW has previewed the new M5 Concept in front of a large group of journalists present at the M facility in Garching. The new M5 Concept is next heading for Shanghai, before its final stop at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

Most of the technical details around the M5 engine are unknown at the moment, but here are some the information we pulled out of the press release:

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  • Subdued styling perhaps more than the E60
  • First of the new generation M cars to adopt a turbocharged engine
  • Better dynamics with likely a smaller engine footprint compared to the V10
  • Double clutch transmission with drivelogic system similar to M3
  • Torque vectoring differential – is this diff similar to a two wheeled version of what’s on the X6 M?
  • Start/stop tech to improve the M5s fuel economy
  • Less of an integrated exhaust and rear diffuser
  • Front apron, designed exclusively for the BMW Concept M5,features three large air intakes, the dimensions which are precisely oriented towards the high cooling requirement of the engine and its ancillary components.
  • Black grille sporting a honeycomb design
  • 20-inch forged rims are fitted with tyre size 265/35 ZR20 at the front and 265/35 ZR20 at the back
    discreet rear spoiler located on the boot lid serves to optimise the car’s aerodynamics
  • Active M Differential

We expect BMW to unveil more information on the new M5 as we approach the Shanghai Motor Show.

18 Responses to “Just The Facts: BMW M5 Concept”

  1. La Ma says:

    a lot of BS here. Just to point out the most obvious :

    “…First of the new generation M cars to adopt a turbocharged engine…” Well… absolutely NOT. How about 4th to use Turbo engine ? The X5M an X6M used a turbo engines first then the 1M. So the M5 is the 4th in a lineup to use turbo engines, not the 1st.

    “…Better dynamics with likely a smaller engine footprint compared to the V10…”
    What do you call a footprint ? actual size ? volumetric size ? Emission numbers ? Gas mileage ? We already know it will be smaller 4.4 versus 5.0l but twin turbo charged.
    Its a V8 compare to the V10 (smaller number of cylinders) so whats up with the “likely” smaller engine footprint ? Yes its a smaller engine with a twin turbo application. Better gas mileage ? I’d say it will be, but not by much. Better emission ? sure, BMW is as all makers are hard pressed on this issue.

    • wazon8 says:

      The sentence “First of the new generation M cars to adopt a turbocharged engine” refers to new generation of M cars, not to a single car! Do you try to argue that it’s 4th generation of M cars with turbocharched engines?

    • I’m pretty sure they are talking about the next generation of cars, aka not the “E” designated cars (E60), but the “F” designated models.

    • Otto says:

      I hope Horatiu will soon explain what’s the difference between a “Torque vectoring differential” and an “Active M Differential” and how they can be fit together in a RWD.

    • Horatiu B. says:

      You have a valid point, we thought about more of the new “real Ms” coming to market in the next years. But technically, you’re correct on the engines.

  2. viper says:

    design:
    I think this car will lose from every angle. you could have 530d with M pack and still look better than m5.
    the engine:
    I hope it does beat at least the old rs6 on straight acceleration because if it doesnt the new rs6 (new m5) will crush it.
    no point of having a ugly car that will have his ass kicked by an audi car. rubbish bmw politics and their crappy designers,

    • Tom Cardone says:

      im quite unhappy with the design. its still beautiful, just not as exciting as i thought it would be. so i unfortunetly agree with you there..

    • Horatiu B. says:

      It’s not about the looks. M cars are not about design.

      • Otto says:

        “M cars are not about design”

        It’s exactly what I thought when I saw the 1M.

      • Otto says:

        “M cars are not about design”

        It’s exactly what I thought when I saw the 1M.

      • Manchester Man says:

        Its not about the looks but you can not deny that look are veryimportant in this day and age. Its not hard to make it look a bit nicer, it’s not rocket science! A 335i M coupe and an M3 look much more far apart than a 535i M and an M5 which look almost the same!

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