This week, BMW will officially debut the new M5 Concept at the Shanghai Motor Show. The Chinese show was chosen as the venue for the unveiling due to increased popularity of the M brand on the Asian market.
The first images of the BMW M5 Concept come from a pre-show event that took place earlier today in Shanghai where BMW’s current M boss, Dr. Kay Segler revealed the concept. On April 1st, at the Garching facility near Munich, BMW hosted another press gathering which coincided with the semi-official unveiling of the car.
The new F10 M5 launches at the end of this year as a 2012 model. The car is powered by a new TwinPower V8 turbocharged engine that is rumored to produce between 560-565 horsepower. Official figures will be released shortly. Only transmission confirmed at this time is the seven-speed M double-clutch transmission with Drivelogic. A manual offering is rumored to be offered only for the North American market.
Design wise, the new M5 builds atop the safer, more appealing design lines of the F10 5 Series. Using softer lines, yet elegant, the new 5 Series has proven to be a success for BMW so far. The F10 M5 delivers what one expects from an M car: aggressiveness, sportiness and elegance. The front spoiler takes the M5 a step further than the 5 Series models with the popular M-package, three large air intakes, blacked out grille and discreet rear spoiler located on the boot lid serves to optimize the car’s aerodynamics.
The M5 Concept will go through minor changes when it goes into production later this summer, the side mirrors will be replaced, just as with the previous M5 Concept, and BMW will also offer different wheels.
Stay tuned in the next days for more photos and official information.