BMW M5 revealed

And it looks like the concept car
Jun 16, 2011
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BMW has finally revealed what the all-new production M5 will look like two months after the German carmaker showed off the M5 Concept at the Auto Shanghai motor show.

Although BMW has abandoned the 5.0-liter V10 engine that came in the previous M5 in favor of the 4.4-liter V8 in the all-new M5, the carmaker's M division made sure it's more powerful than its predecessor. Thanks to the M TwinPower Turbo package, which consists of the Twin Scroll Twin Turbo technology, cross-bank exhaust manifold, high-precision petrol direct injection and the fully variable valve control Valvetronic system, the all-new M5 is capable of putting out 560 hp and 680Nm of torque; 60hp and 160Nm more than the model it replaces.

Putting down all  that power to the rear wheels is a seven-speed dual clutch transmission while other electronic systems help keep the driver in control like traction-optimized automatic gear selection, launch control, low speed assistance and an automatically activated parking mode.

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Add these up and the all-new M5 can run the zero to 100kph sprint in 4.4 seconds while zero to 200kph takes 13 seconds. Top speed is at 250kph but with the M Driver's Package, this is increased to 305kph.

Despite these impressive performance figures, the all-new M5 is astonishingly fuel efficient with an average fuel consumption of 9.9 liters for every 100 kilometers or 10.10 kilometers for every liter; a 30 percent improvement over the previous M5. The M5 also makes use of BMW's Efficient Dynamics technology with its use of the Auto Start-Stop function and Brake Energy Regeneration.

It's the two new M Drive buttons on the steering wheel, however, that shows the most promise for any M enthusiast as these allow the driver to pre-program and switch from between two separate set-ups for the car, from the accelerator response and the shift program to the damper control and the standard Heads-Up Display.

As always, familiar styling cues abound in the all-new M5 like the front apron with its extremely large air intakes for the engine and brakes, the athletically flared wheel arches to emphasize its wider track, the hallmark M gills with integrated indicator bars, the aerodynamically optimized rear apron with the diffuser sandwiched between the dual twin exhaust tailpipes, the gurney-style rear spoiler on the boot lid and the exclusive double-spoke 19-inch M light-alloy wheels.

The interior also gets a healthy dose of M-specific touches such as the M-specific instrument cluster in black-panel technology, the newly-designed leather-covered center console, M-specific gear selector and M leather steering wheel with shift paddles.

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Frankly, we're just wondering why BMW even bothered to come up with the M5 Concept since it looks practically the same as the production M5.

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