• Dec 18th 2009 at 4:29PM
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What does the future have in store for BMW's high-performance M division? For starters, lots and lots of power, along with a smattering of light weight and plenty of cutting-edge technology. This all sounds familiar, but the rumored details coming out of Bimmerfile suggest that the 2011 BMW M5 would be nothing short of revolutionary.

Not surprisingly, we're told to expect a version of the twin-turbo V8 that currently powers the M division's hi-po X5 and X6 tallboys with somewhere around 570 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque. On top of those prodigious figures may very well be a Kenetic Energy Recovery hybrid setup to recapture wasted energy from braking. The stored power would be used to send an extra shot of power via an electric motor contained in the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The KERS power boost reportedly would be controlled by the driver with a Formula 1-style button on the steering wheel.

Further performance would be found by putting the next-gen 5 Series on a diet consisting of a chassis wrought completely in aluminum with carbon fiber used in various body panels and optionally on the roof. We look forward to finding out just how much of this rumormill material turns out to be accurate, and we'll know for sure in early 2011 when the next M5 is slated for introduction.

[Source: Bimmerfile]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Will the KERS passenger electrocution feature be optional or standard?
        • 5 Years Ago
        If the passenger is gone there will be even less weight, which means more GO!
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is sounding like one cool M5, super light with extra tricks. Only bad thing is the older M5's had a throttle body per cylinder for that killer noise, wonder if they are bring that back with the new one.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think you mean the LS9. The LSA is a detuned version of the LS9.

      Thanks paul34
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well lets see caddy 540 hp 500 ft lb I believe bmw 500hp 389 ft lb & only beats it by less than a half a sec, please I'd say all that toruqe is over powering the chassis. That's why BMW is the king of balance.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Slightly offtopic, but AB you have a habit of using "th" endings ...

      Many centuries ago, it was replaced by "s"

      Ask yourself what the sentence sounds like with an "s" ending

      Rumormill: Aluminum and carbon fiber, KERS-equipped BMW M5 comes?

      Doesn't make much sense!

      Ref: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_verbs
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm not sure "black korean" is really a major race... probably just the idiotic side of the bed.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Can we get one of those instructional videos on KERS like the videos that Autoblog had on here a few months ago?
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's "Kinetic", not "Kenetic".
      • 5 Years Ago
      KERS: When 570hp just isn't enough to snag that last front row spot at Nordstrums.
      • 5 Years Ago
      When BMW nailed the recipe, in the E34 M5 (or better yet, E30 M3) they got it so right it hurts to this day. I'm sure i'm in a minority here but this sounds like overkill that will likely gloss over the fact the car isn't really that fun to drive anymore.

      Thankfully theres still the XFR, QP and V for that.
      • 5 Years Ago
      D-Bag, you had a good point then had to take it all racist and sexist.

      Relevant comment fail.
      • 5 Years Ago
      so they are switching from highly advance V10 to "tuner style" twin turbo with high boost hmmmmm
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