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Saturday, August 2, 2008
UK based CAR Magazine surprised the online world with what I believe is the first shot of the next generation M5, to be launched in 2011, about 2 years after the introduction of the standard 5-series in 2009, internally known coded as F10.
Sources refered to by CAR Magazine hints that the V10 used in the current M5 will be dropped in favour of a 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 in order to comply with ever tightening European emission legislations. If the rumour is correct, the next M5 will share the same engine with the X6, albeit in higher tune (540 bhp), massaged by the boffins at BMW M.
Like the new M3 cabrio and M3 sedan, additional items like a 7-speed DCT twin clutch gearbox is also likely.
Shots of the disguised prototype vehicle reveal some telling M-car hints : the larger wheels and brakes, lower ride height, quad exhausts. All typical give-aways for a more "mental" version of the 5er.
Car Magazine caught BMW's test drivers lapping the infamous Nurburgring Nordscheilfe, back to back against the current generation V10 powered E60 M5.
German publication Auto Motor und Sport did a rendering based on internal sources on how the F10 5-series will look like.
Posted by AutoIndustrie at 10:16 AM