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2011 BMW M5

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2011 BMW M5


By Mark Kleis

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Although this is not the first time we've seen BMW's next-generation M5 testing on either public roads and Germany's famed Nurburgring, the latest testing session was one of the more spirited drives, according to our spy.

BMW's latest M5 is due for some serious change, including a huge transformation was a massive V10 to a much smaller twin-turbocharged V8. With such big changes comes the need for extensive testing, as evidenced by the latest spy photos showing the next M5 on three wheels.

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 M5 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.

On the M5's exterior, "M" badged fender vents are still present, 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.

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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It's almost here. Details of this car have been kept fairly quiet, it will be interesting to the official numbers and how fast it can get around the Ring.

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