The new BMW M5 has been spied lighting up the Nordscheife

BMW’s new M5 is undergoing rigorous testing ahead of its expected public debut next spring — as these shots of the car being drifted around the Nordschleife prove.

The firm’s engineers lit up the hot 5-series’ rear tyres around the historic German circuit, then lifted the bonnet to plug the M5’s powerplant into diagnostic equipment, giving us the first glimpse of its new 4.4-litre, twin-turbocharged V8.

See the latest pics of the new BMW M5

Replacing the outgoing car’s naturally aspirated V10, the forced-induction V8 is expected to produce at least 550bhp in the new M5, comfortably eclipsing the current car’s 500bhp and offering considerably more torque because of its pair of turbochargers.

In the X5 M and X6 M the same engine produces 501lb ft; that’s 117lb ft more than the outgoing M5 can manage. The hottest 5-series currently available is Alpina’s B5 Biturbo — but while the specialist manufacturer’s offering also uses a twin-turbo V8, its inlet and exhaust systems differ from the likely set-up in the M5.

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The M5 is expected to get a dual-clutch transmission instead of the B5’s eight-speed auto, too, and BMW’s product will feature stop-start in a bid to improve fuel economy and CO2 emissions.

The next M5 is expected to appear at the Geneva show next March — although its debut, like the outgoing car’s, may yet be made in the form of a design study instead of the full production model.

John McIlroy

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30 July 2010

I hope they keep the wheels, they look pretty mean.

30 July 2010

Looks like a mean machine. Still, sorry, BMW, I ain't interested unless it's got three pedals and a stick between the seats...

30 July 2010

Aaaaah the car we have all been waiting to hear about and see!!

4.4 V8 Twin turbo 550bhp not a massive power increase but different beast with that amazing V8 growl and burble!!

Although if it aint broke dont fix it....4.4 V8 from the M3 GTS anyone??

30 July 2010

BMW had better get it right!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

30 July 2010

No matter how ugly the normal 5 series models are the M5 is always the saving grace for the range and looks mean. The test model in the pictures looks very good and aggressive I can see this being much better then the V10 version,

30 July 2010

[quote moe360]No matter how ugly the normal 5 series models are the M5 is always the saving grace for the range and looks mean. The test model in the pictures looks very good and aggressive I can see this being much better then the V10 version,[/quote]

I know it's all personal opinion, but I think the out-going M5 is a mess in terms of style, the addition of wing grills and the exhausts look as though they've been grabbed from Halfords and stuck on. I seriously hope that the new car will be a little more stealthy looking.

30 July 2010

bring it on!

30 July 2010

Judgeing by these early pics the cars a bit of a barge, granted it could've been pushed over it's limits in one photo, but the styling i hope will be better than this, it looks like they were using an SE body as to having a stick shift i don't think that's vitally important, yes there's a certain pleasure in controlling when to change gear, but also the fact that a DSG style shift can do faster shifts at the correct revs has it's appeal for numerous reasons, say for instance, and we've all done this,don't tell me you haven't,over revved the engine before engaging the gear, up or down, this is where an automated box helps protect the engine from such hooliganism,personally i hope it succeeds because what with Co'2 Euro ncap this and that, large capacity engines will be a thing of past in twenty years time anyway, so we'd better enjoy them now while we can.

Peter Cavellini.

30 July 2010

I'm telling you I haven't, even in the old days when cars didn't have, duh, REV LIMITERS! Since when is double declutching hooliganism? And if you don't have a little streak of devilry in you, why would you buy an M5? To pose? Give me a manual, to hell with a few tenths, it's not about them, it's about pleasure. For those commutes in heavy traffic, get an automatic hatchback.

30 July 2010

[quote 275not599]I'm telling you I haven't, even in the old days when cars didn't have, duh, REV LIMITERS! Since when is double declutching hooliganism? And if you don't have a little streak of devilry in you, why would you buy an M5? To pose? Give me a manual, to hell with a few tenths, it's not about them, it's about pleasure. For those commutes in heavy traffic, get an automatic hatchback.[/quote]

Summary:

If you want to be fast, get the double clutch, if you want to think you're fast, get a manual.

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