2012 BMW M5 teaser
Revealing what has to be the worst-kept secret in automobiledom, BMW has released teaser videos of the next M5. You'll find them below. And while official first looks at the car in steel will have to wait until the Frankfurt show this fall, we can speculate about the car's specification based on what BMW currently has on the market.
The 5.0-liter V-10 will fall by the wayside for a more powerful and fuel-efficient twin-turbo V-8, the likes of which currently power the X5 M and X6 M. It is estimated the output of that engine will be in the neighborhood of 570 horsepower. Torque will of course be commensurately improved as well—courtesy of the pair of spinners force-feeding air into the engine.
Power is expected to be conducted to the rear wheels by way of a dual-clutch gearbox. BMW's start-stop technology is also anticipated in a nod toward fuel efficiency and reducing emissions.
Just as with the 1-Series M car, BMW faithful can track the progress of the development of the M5 online at M-Power.com, BMW's dedicated website for all things M. The videos are also posted on BMW's YouTube Channel, but of course we're not going to make you work that hard.
Those worried the "civil"-ization of the current 5-Series sedan will soften the upcoming M5 needn't fret. BMW's Mr. "M", Kay Siegler, describes the next M5 as a bold business car that readily transforms into a sports car at the touch of a button.
One look at the M5 test mule careening viciously through the snow-covered landscape in the video should be enough to convince everyone the next M5 will have great big honkin' ba...(wait, can we say that in this forum?).
No word yet on pricing, but we are told deliveries will commence well before the end of 2011.