• Jan 14, 2010

2011 BMW 5 Series – Click above for high-res image gallery

The wraps are off the new BMW 5 Series, and you know what that means: you guessed it, a new M5. The successor to the high-revving V10 super-sedan has been the subject of much conjecture and speculation, but Britain's Car magazine believes they've got it pegged.

According to the English glossy mag of record, the new M5 will arrive in 2011 after a show debut in late 2010 or early 2011 – and when it does, it figures to be a real bahnstormer. Put any thoughts of the horsepower wars being over to rest, because while the new M5 is expected to drop its V10 in favor of the company's grunty 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8, the new super-sled is tipped to be even quicker. About a third-of-a-second quicker to 60 mph, with a top speed limited still to 155 mph but capable of 188 if de-restricted. Yowza.

The M division is said to have cranked some extra juice out of the twin-turbo eight, up from 555-horsepower to 578, coupled to 530 pound-feet of torque. That's more in both columns than the same unit in the X6 M or in the outgoing M5. All this while returning 30-percent better fuel economy. Regenerative braking is also expected to be part of the package, derived from Munich's now-defunct Formula One racing program. But those hoping for a wagon variant will be disappointed, according to Car mag, as BMW is reportedly axing the not-for-U.S. Touring bodystyle.



[Source: Car]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      i'm not a fan of this new design! it pretty much looks like a blown up 3-series! and i'm not a fan of the 3-series either! bmw is going the wrong direction with this!!! the new 7 is much better designed, they should have taken clues from that not from the 3-series! what a disappointment. somehow they always get their M's to look good though!
        • 5 Years Ago
        3, 5 and 7 all seem to be more cohesive of a lineup now... they all look alike. BMW sedans used to look alike before, too.

        They all look a tad under-dramatic maybe, but it is better than the weirdness that was the previous 5 and 7.

        The newest designs look good in the fact that they don't stand out as ugly, where some of the flame-surfaced cars do. The outgoing 5-series, the Z4, and a couple others really had some design elements that stuck out as discontinuous and jarring. The new cars don't. That is an improvement.

        But with not much standing out, and just straight-forward aesthetics, I am curious what about the 7 series stands out as better than the 3 and new 5.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What happen to the aggressive front styling we had with the last 5-series?
      • 5 Years Ago
      BMW you have won rights to my transportation finances once again!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks like the 2011 CTS-V will need more power!
      • 5 Years Ago
      wtf autoblog...

      ...sorry guys
      • 5 Years Ago
      So far so good I like what I'm hearing.

      I'll miss the V10 though.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's going to be very heavy, isn't it? :(
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes, but I think those that are more interested in nimble handling will opt for the M3 sedan... don't you?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Arrrggghhhh- why can't we get the hot BMW wagons here? That would be a perfect car for so many people I know...
        • 5 Years Ago
        No one buys them....
      • 5 Years Ago
      Even on an M5 the lines look boring....the car will look even duller in everyday packages....yawn.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Unfortunately (because I'm an Audi fan), I can almost guaruntee that this car will be as fast as a stock RS6... even with the added wieght, and the slight horsepower dissadvantage
      • 5 Years Ago
      This should get interesting!
      • 5 Years Ago
      @KB: FYI, the picture is of the current 5-Series, not the M5.
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