BMW officially reveals production ready 2012 M5 concept

BMW officially reveals production ready 2012 M5 concept

Following a series of leaked photos from a press event in Germany, BMW has officially released details of its much anticipated M5 sports sedan. Due for its world premiere at the Auto Shanghai 2011 in China later this month, official images and details have just become known.

Apparently, the Concept M5 is around 99 percent production ready, so the production model should look almost identical to the vehicle in the official images.

In terms of power the fifth generation of the M5 has a new twin-turbocharged V8 engine waiting under the bonnet. BMW has confirmed that the engine is a development of its 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 which outputs 414kW and 680Nm of peak torque, but in M5 guide it will be tweaked to deliver more power. For now, the German company is staying tight-lipped on exact performance numbers.

What BMW has said is that compared to the fourth generation of the M5’s  V10 power unit, the freshly developed V8 turbo has a significantly increased output level. The upcoming M-car also has greater fuel economy and lower emissions than its predecessor.

In the new M5, power will be put to the rear wheels by a seven-speed M double-clutch transmission with a Drivelogic feature.

The new F10 M5 will also feature exclusive M suspension components with bespoke wheel suspension systems, specific axle kinematics and weight-optimised brakes as standard. There will be a new Active M Differential that optimises vehicle stability using targeted variation of locking torque between the right and left drive wheels. Filling the guards will be 20-inch forged alloy wheels with suitable fat tyres – size 265/35 ZR20 at the front and 265/35 ZR20 at the back.

For exterior design, the new M5 has a suitably discrete appearance with a M-style front bumper, side gills on the front fenders, a new rear bumper with an integrated diffuser that houses twin tailpipes on either side, and a very subtle boot lid spoiler.

The M5 interior remains a mystery for now, but expect M model styling with large sport seats  leather steering wheel and an M-specific instrument panel.

Check out images in the gallery below and click here for a full Car and SUV review of the 2011 BMW 550i.

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