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2011 BMW M5 [Spied again]

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2011 BMW M5 [spied again]

03/04/2010, 6:04 PMBY MARK KLEIS

BMW’s M division has already been caught by our spy photographers while doing testing of their seriously fast M5 sedan at Germany’s legendary Nurburgring, and now we caught the super saloon testing in the winter landscapes of Sweden. While other photos have shown this prototype with fabric covering the front end, that camouflage is not present in our photos.

Up front, an M-style front fascia with larger, more aggressive intakes will be present, along with “M” fender vents. In back, we can see the traditional quad exhaust setup that graces M models. Massive brakes with cross-drilled rotors and sportier wheels and tires can also be seen.

While the outgoing M5 is powered by a 5.0-liter 500 horsepower V10, this latest M5 is confirmed to be packing the twin-turbo, direct injected 4.4-liter V8 from the X5 and X6 M models. BMW, like all automakers, is feeling the pinch from new emissions and fuel efficiency standards and is turning to forced induction and smaller engines for improved efficiency to go along with its high-performance products.

Despite moving down in displacement, advanced technology and twin-turbochargers have this prototype M5s producing at least 555 horsepower – and fuel consumption is down compared to the V10, which was rated at 17 mpg highway. The M5 will remain a rear-wheel drive sedan, looking to agility, power and advanced traction control to provide performance – not all-wheel drive.

The next M5 should surface at a major auto show sometime during 2010, but the high-powered sedan might not hit dealer showrooms until 2011.



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