More photos of the new BMW M5 Concept surface from the 2011 Shanghai Motor Show. BMW chose the Chinese venue to host the world debut of the new F10 M5. Along with exterior photos, for the first time, we manage to get a look inside the car. Before the rumormill starts churning, we would like to point out that the interior design of the F10 Concept will vary from the production version, so use these photos as a starting point only.
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.
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.
Inside, the interior is clearly influenced by the new 5 Series Sedan design cues. The typical M elements will make their way into the F10 M5, including the M shifter and wheel, pedals, M logo on door sills and others.
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. The car will debut in the US in Spring 2012 and we anticipate a starting base price near the $100,000 mark.