Latest spy pictures of new M5 reveal development has shifted to the 'Ring
25 May 2010

These latest spy pictures of the new BMW M5 reveal that development has now shifted to the Nurburgring.

The next M5 will be the first M5 to use turbocharging; power is set to come from the twin-turbo V8 engine used in the X5 and X6 M models.

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Despite having as smaller capacity than the V10 engine it replaces, the V8 will be more powerful, have considerably lower emissions and an increase in torque of around 30 per cent.

This will boost torque from today’s 383lb ft at 6100rpm to somewhere around 500lb ft at little more than 1500rpm. The V10’s 500bhp comes at 7750rpm, but the V8’s peak power should arrive at not much more than 6000rpm.

Along with the new engine, the car will also get a new gearbox, a beefed-up version of the M3’s seven-speed DCT.

The car will get Active Aerodynamics, which blanks off parts of the grille and cooling intakes during warm-up and under light throttle load.

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Underneath, there will be new double wishbone front suspension in place of the MacPherson strut set-up that has been a mainstay of the M5. It will be combined with multi-link rear suspension.

As with today’s model, active dampers will be used to provide the driver with the choice of differing levels of ride comfort. They will be part of a new chassis system that also includes reworked traction and stability management.

The car will be revealed at next year’s Frankfurt motor show and will reach showrooms early in 2012.

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25 May 2010

This is going to be awesome, 550bhp+ and 500lbft+, you're talking low 4s to 60 and possibly sub 9s to 100. Looks like there will now be a 'Torque War' along with the 'Power War'? It would be nice to see some weight reductions with these cars.

25 May 2010

I bloody well hope there's a manual gearbox option - and that they do a Touring version too.

25 May 2010

Weight reduction with a NA engine. A genuine M!

Why not a straight 6 then...

26 May 2010

[quote david RS]

Weight reduction with a NA engine. A genuine M!

Why not a straight 6 then...

[/quote]

One word for you, old chap. Torque. A hefty great lump of a car like this M5 needs lots of it. I had the use of an E34 M5 Touring for a few weeks while its owners, my brother-in-law and his wife, went on holiday. Although it was far from slow, it certainly wasn't as effortless as I'd have liked - joining motorways tended to involve lots of revs, although possibly rather more than were actually necessary =). Also, surprisingly, I found it a bit nose-heavy (with a light fuel load and an empty boot, just me on board) - the engine was cast iron, and did pull the nose wide a bit in fast cornering. It did sound glorious, though - something which I'm not so sure this turbocharged monster will do. I'd rather that they used superchargers for torque.

27 May 2010

" It did sound glorious, though - something which I'm not so sure this turbocharged monster will do"

You're right. M and the music of an engine, it's finished now.

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