• Mar 5, 2010
BMW M5 spy shots – Click above for high-res image gallery

It seems that the 2011 BMW M5 is nearing production-ready status, and while the new supersedan may still be wearing a bit of swirly camouflage, it's easy to see what the more aggressive M5 will look like in its new F10 5 Series body.

As we've mentioned earlier, the 2011 M5 is expected to ditch the outgoing car's high-revving V10 in favor of a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 borrowed from the X5 M and X6 M. Currently, that engine kicks out 555 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque, but if the rumormill is to be believed, BMW's M division has cranked out some extra punch for the M5, to the tune of 578 hp and 530 lb-ft. That means 0-60 mph runs should happen in under 4.5 seconds on the way to a limited top speed of 155 mph. As for transmissions, we'll bet our last dollar that the M5 will use a dual-clutch setup, and we're still crossing our fingers that a proper manual transmission will find its way into the cards as well.

Expect the production-ready M5 to debut later this year (Paris Motor Show?) or in the very early months of 2011. In the meantime, click through the attached gallery to see all of the high-res spy shots.



[Source: CarPix]


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      Lanisha
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's basically the same repetitive and boring look!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I dont recall anyone mentioning that the CTS-V is a better car than the M5, they saiid it was just faster
      • 4 Years Ago
      wats so overrated about this car????
      • 4 Years Ago
      My one word for this car is "UG-A-LY"!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looking at it closely, it appears that the lower intake is shaped similarly to the current M3's, which is fine by me as the M3 is my favorite looking current BMW.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It is just plain UGLY!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Seems like it will be a cool car, but I already miss the V10.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, make it cheap for the masses stuff, at least Audi still has V10 sedans. I bet there are a couple of those twin turbo RS6 V10 Roaming around the US.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I sure hope that swirly camo is hiding something more aggressive than what we can see. This gen 5-series, while nice looking, is very bland IMO.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I almost wish BMW would rebadge their lineup, with each model taking the name of the one below it. The 5 Series car should now wear 7 badges, the 3 Series car should get the 5 name, and the 1 Series car should now be wearing 3s (I don't know what to do with the 7 Series... 9?). I remember fondly the smaller and lighter E28s and E30s, and it seems that at least spiritually BMW's cars have grown into their bigger brothers' pants.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Actually, I'm liking this new version more and more. Possibly because it kind of resembles the e39 BMW 5-series. The down-played but classy styling, the long, low front end. Too bad I can't afford one for at least ten years...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Isn't that the point of the m series? It looks like you're driving a normal bmw to most people, but people who know about cars will recognize that it's a really nice car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        so far... this car visually looks like a dud... looks pretty average-looking
        • 4 Years Ago
        That is the front bumper that this car deserves.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I miss the old 5 Series already. It's very sexy and aggressive. This thing looks so soft and bland.

        It's the one car where the Bangle styling really worked. I didn't care for the Z, 6, or 7 series, but the 2004 - 2010 5 Series really worked well.

        I will also miss the V10, just because.

        If I was in the market for a new car, I think that I'd pick up a 2006 M5 right now.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Okay...geez...here's another one of those German manufacturers who feel that the 'significant' changes to their car's new look warrants camo to keep the public from nearly passing out trying to take-in the severity of the 'vastly' altered design. Oh pleeez! BMW - like Porsche - hasn't drastically changed their cars in decades, except in BMWs case since they were Bangle-ized. The Germans, in particular, crack me up. They think their re-designs are dramatic. Of course, Germans aren't very emotional people and are barely capable of coming up with anything passionate design-wise, so I guess camoflauging a new model BMW is validated...at least for them.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hope the camo is not hiding and interior designed around iDrive or tons of uneeded features. I hope the camo is hiding a fresh, driver focused interior much like the Alfa 2uetto concept interior.
        • 4 Years Ago
        What are these features you find impossibly useless?

        When people are spending $100k+ on a car, they are going to expect some fancy features. You can't blame BMW for trying to provide that. Remember, no customer = no profit.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @paul:

        So let's just say while everyone was praising the the Alfa 2uetto concept at the Geneva show, an Alfa rep came over the loudspeaker and said "Oh yeah this car will be >100k. You think people would have walked away? Absolutely not. People would STILL buy it. Most people are drawn to simplicity or simple luxury whether they want to admit it or not. The Alfa will sale with same exact interior as the concept if they won't change it, I assure you. This BMW could be the "Ulitmate Driving Machine" again if they would simplify. For now, though, its the "Ultimate Gadget Machine". This or the A8.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I've said it before and I'll say it again: I HATE that hood.
        • 4 Years Ago
        A little too Klingon for you?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looking good... I rally like how the new 5series looks.
      Can't wait for a CTS-V vs. M5 vs. E55(?) vs. XFR comparison test... supercharing vs. turbos
        • 4 Years Ago
        I know every cars get mid-gen refreshes and full redesigns. But isn't this redesign just to beat the Ring time of the CTS-V?
        • 4 Years Ago
        fmwso, you're right... I knew that I was forgetting someone. Adding an AWD car to any automotive argument will definitely stir things up a bit...
        • 4 Years Ago
        RG

        Not at all. I'm just saying that it seems that all the magazines, analysts, and journalists rating the CTS-V as better car than M5 has gotten to BMW. I'm wondering if they are trying to correct this and let the world know that when anyone talks of a luxury sports car, should be a BMW.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think this will actually be a very cool comparison to watch... American and British supercharged V8s against German Turbocharged V8 engines, and the CTS-V is going to be the smallest and lightest car in the lineup (talk about irony)!!!
        Another thing is that the engines in the XFR, M5 and the E55 (that new TT 5.5L V8 from MB) represent the most powerful engines the companies produce... while the LSA is a detuned version of the LS9! Not that the LS9 will be fitted into the CTS-V, but the possibility of more power is right there.
        No matter the outcome of such a comparison, I would love to have any one of those cars... well the ones with a 6-speed-manual option :)
        • 4 Years Ago
        duq-

        Are you really suggesting that BMW have spent tens (maybe hundreds) of millions of dollars developing this all new BMW so it will have an M5 that gets around the Ring faster than a CTS-V?

        In a word, no. This is an M5 for a completely new 5 series riding a new chassis with new interior, new tech, etc. This update is a lot more extensive than even a mid-lifecycle refreshing. Granted, I fully expect this car to be faster around the Ring than the CTS-V, but that isn't why they are doing it, it is merely a planned next generation 5 series and the variants that come with it.
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