The good folks at BMW are not going to be happy about this, but leaked photos of the BMW Concept M5, the "concept" that presages the coming 2012 M5
, based on the F10 5-Series, have emerged on an enthusiast forum. The images appear to come from behind the wall of an embargoed event currently underway in Germany.
Rumors of the output of the twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 expected to sit under the hood of the new M5 have reached as high as 578 horsepower
, a 23-horsepower jump over the output of the M engines in the X5 M and X6 M. Paired with a DCT dual-clutch transmission (and possibly a six-speed manual, though it's not likely) the new M5 would be a true powerhouse sedan.
Match the brawny powertrain with the front-rear weight distribution, suspension tuning, and creature comforts BMW's M Division is known for, and you have a true world-class super sedan.
Expect full details and official photos of the Concept M5 in just a few weeks at the Shanghai Auto Show, followed by a production version at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September.