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2011 BMW M5 shows off its new front fascia

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2011 BMW M5 shows off its new front fascia [spied]

05/18/2010, 9:42 PM BY MARK KLEIS

BMW has been studiously testing their upcoming M5 both on the public roads of Germany and on the Nürburgring test track. As this fast saloon nears its world debut, BMW engineers have begun to remove the car’s camouflage bit by bit – with our latest spy shots showing the exposed front fascia.

The latest round of spy shots show off the M5’s new lower front fascia, which happen to match extremely well with the illustration Leftlane previously offered (shown below).

Still present are the “M” badged fender vents, which now sit above a new set of argent-colored high-performance wheels. Behind the wheels are the massive drilled and slotted rotors – a clear indicator that this indeed the range-topping M5 performance sedan.

Out back, we can see the traditional quad exhaust setup that graces M models.

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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