As further proof that China is now the world's largest car market, BMW will use the 2011 Auto Shanghai to mark the global premiere of the eagerly-awaited M5 Concept.
Calling it a "premium class business sedan with the dynamic qualities of a high-performance sports car," the M5 Concept demonstrates how the athletic design and racing-inspired character cultivated by BMW's M tuning arm can be combined with the aesthetic and functional features of a mid-size luxury car.
Like the production versions of its predecessors, the BMW M5 Concept has design features that hint at the dynamic potential of the sedan like the deep, front bumper, the chrome-rimmed front fender vents and the rear lip spoiler. Under the bonnet, meanwhile, lies a high-revving V8 engine with M TwinPower Turbo Technology that generates the power output required for the kind of performance BMW M5's are known for.
The M5 Concept won't be alone in making its global debut, however, as it will be joined by the 6-Series Coupe the German carmaker revealed last March.
The 2011 Auto Shanghai will also mark the Asian premiere of the BMW Vision ConnectedDrive concept car, the 1-Series-based BMW ActiveE and the new 1-Series Coupe and Convertible.