SPY SHOTS: 2011 BMW M5 with Twin-Turbocharged V8


Having already introduced the next generation 5-Series sedan, BMW and in particular, its M division, is now concentrating on the development of the flagship version of the series, the M5 that was caught here testing at the Nordschleife. The hotly anticipated M5 will debut about a year after the standard 5-Series that is due to make its first public appearance at the 2010 Geneva Show next March.

Until recently, it wasn't clear if the new M5 would continue to use the current model's exotic V10 powerplant or if the Bavarian's would go for the new 4.4-liter bi-turbo V8 that debuted in the X5M and X6M. However, BMW officials have now confirmed that the new M5 will indeed be equipped with the turbocharged V8.

In the X5M and X6M, the bi-turbocharged unit produces an output of 555 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 680Nm or 501-lbs/ft of peak torque, available between 1,500 and 5,650 rpm. In comparison, the current M5's naturally aspirated V10 makes 507HP and 520Nm or 383-lbs/ft of peak torque.

Details on the new M5's engine specs remain scarce, though it has been suggested that the direct-injection V8 may be further honed, boosting output closer to the 600HP mark.

The new V8 will not only be more powerful than the V10, but also more compact in size, lighter in weight and more fuel efficient with lower CO2 emissions.

Along with the new powerplant, the 2011 M5 will get a re-engineered version of the BWM M3's seven-speed twin-clutch transmission (DCT), and hopefully for purists, a classic manual gearbox.

As with every other product bearing the M badge, the 5-Series-based model will benefit from suspension, brake and steering system upgrades to further improve handling and driver's feedback.

Even though the prototype model seen in these spy pictures features the standard roof, it is rumored that BMW is working on a carbon fiber top similar to that of the current M3 and M6. Other cosmetic differences will include engorged wheel arches housing larger rims and of course, a full body kit.

If BMW keeps its usual time schedule, we should see the new M5 breaking cover at a major auto show in 2011, with sales starting in Europe towards the end of the same year, and the rest of the world including the U.S., in 2012.


Anonymous said... »December 25, 2009

it better beat the cts-v!!! it already does as a better overall sports luxury car, now it has to really beat it at the track

Anonymous said... »December 25, 2009

if it has the same hp as 4.4L V8 in the X6M, then it will beat the cts

Anonymous said... »December 26, 2009

um m5 does beat the cts v.. cts v just goes in a straight line thats all

Anonymous said... »December 26, 2009

2012 in the US? That's a 2 year lag behind the current 5 series and the car seems almost ready to go. That would be disappointing!

Anonymous said... »December 26, 2009

The CTS-V beat the M5 at "The Ring" earlier this year. FACT

psionara said... »December 26, 2009

CTS-V is pretty good for the $$$, though. That is, if you can stand the dreadful interior!

Anonymous said... »December 26, 2009

"cts v just goes in a straight line thats all"

i wish that was true, but the stereotypes don't hold anymore.

Anonymous said... »December 26, 2009

Dreadful interior? Have you seen the interior of late model BMW? They've been getting worse every generation in terms of interior.

Anonymous said... »December 26, 2009

CTS-V is using a DE-TUNED version of that engine. Hennessey Performance is already opening it up and it's basically a car version of Fedor. New M5 will get beat again.
I'm a BMW guy too, but this is the reality.

Anonymous said... »December 26, 2009

"Hennessey Performance is already opening it up and it's basically a car version of Fedor"

i like the cts, but don't ever mention hennessey, they are the worst after-market tuners out there. The shouldn't be allowed near any car, not after the detonated so many LS's.

Anonymous said... »December 26, 2009

ooohhh! beautiful (it will be). For me any bmw is a very special machine, new or old! (yes I'm a fan, but also a fan of some other brands).

Anonymous said... »December 28, 2009

every car gets beaten after a while but the facts are that the v10 engine on the M5 E60 has won many awards, like the engine of the year in 2005 and 2006 and in 2008 the engine of the year in the above 4-liter engines, and I don't know why but cars need to be good the M5...and the new M5 will be even better....and about the interior they have a very good one and the quality is number 1.....

Anonymous said... »January 10, 2010

my tastes differ, as i like fast cars, but it does not have to be the most powerful. if bmw offers far more than the caddy, like higher grade materials, better fit and finish, ride, drive and refinement, i could care less if the cts-v is faster. size does not always matter, car engine or otherwise.

Anonymous said... »January 12, 2010

unfortunately the cts v is relatively faster is many spheres than the m5. Im a die hard m5 fan and it killd me to see the cts-v beat an m5 but its also down to two factors. The cts-v has less interference from the electronics like traction and stability control. And also the bmw is heavier, especially when armed with a v10 motor. I had a few issues with the current m5, namely that it sounded like a diesel car below 4000rpm. Also i know that the bodykit was designed to be a 'sleeper' but i feel a little more flare could have been added. And finally i would have loved to have the m5 in manual format, it involves the driver more. But it appears that the new m5 will tackle many of these issues. At the end of the day, the m5 has set a legacy and in doing so has become the benchmark for all super saloons. And that in essence, is a very honourable achievement!

raul said... »January 16, 2010

Lingenfelter makes a CTS-V upgrade kit that will take the CTS-V to 630 BHP.

Anonymous said... »February 07, 2010

CTS-v is good because it is more hp and it is light thats all i like bmw m5 :p

Anonymous said... »July 24, 2010

The CTS-V is faster in a straight line because it is lighter- lighter because of all the cheap plastic materials used!!! BMW is better quality and better made the Germans know what they're doing. BMW is a;so more reliable than the CTS-v

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