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2011 BMW M5 spy shots – Click above for high-res image gallery

The 2011 BMW M5 isn't quite ready for showrooms yet, but our spies have recently spotted the grandaddy sport sedan out testing, this time in the hands of the Pirelli folks (hence the different wheel and tire packages).

We're really growing quite fond of the M5's shape in the F10 5 Series body, and we're sure that the rumored 578-horsepower, twin-turbo V8 under the hood will put smiles on our faces as well. BMW has yet to confirm when we'll actually see the production-ready M5, but we'll eat our hats if the supersedan doesn't make an appearance at this year's Paris Motor Show. In the meantime, all we can do is lust, and you can do the same by clicking through our gallery of high-res shots below.

[Source: CarPix]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      so nice!.. this is gonna be awesome.

      Audi and Mercedes watch out!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Matching rims are so 2009... the mismatched ones really contribute to the machine's aesthetics.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Seriously... I've driven the 550 GT which has the waterd down version of this bi-turbo v8 and was blown away. It is going to be a big mofo, but if any manufacturer can make a big car feel nimble its BMW...
      • 4 Years Ago
      The M5 is a wonderful machine but it's just plain and boy do l mean plain. It's not worth the cost by any means.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ummmm..... Hat.....
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, I can see why BMW covered the car with camo. Man, you sure wouldn't want anyone to see those radical changes before the car is officially revealed(!). Geez, what a stupid 'game' some manufacturers play. I guess, though, that if you're only going to revise door handles or reshape the valve covers on the wheels, you HAVE to do something to generate public interest...so...cover the car in camo. Yeh, that'll fool 'em.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, I was thinking: people dog Porsche for barely changing the design from year to year.

        I am getting kind of tired of looking at bimmers.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I know I'm going to get slammed for saying this, but the M5 for me has the six cylinders in a line and are hand-built.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You aren't alone.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like a nice sleeper, but that rear end reminds me of a Infinite M45. The older M5's had individual throttle bodies per cylinder, wonder if they will bring that back, or just hot rod the twin turbo motor.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wonder if BMW's latest will have automatic transmissions where the reverse gear fails at 60K, power window motors fail at 40K, sunroof plastic guide broken and couldn't shut sunroof at 56K, seat track issues for drivers seat at 50K, cam sensors that failed at 19K and again at 42K, thermostats that stick at 23K, faulty ac/heater relay that allows the vent fan to blow with your engine off=a dead battery at 16K and again at 18K, transmission dead at 82K (dealer wanted $6,000 to replace!!!!!!!!!) Sold my lemon 2003 bimmer 328 sedan in 2008 for a whopping $4,000! Paid $42,500 new! Purchased a new 2009 Corvette so far so good.
      • 4 Years Ago
      it's look'n so much better withOUT the new BMW front!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Look at those tailpipes!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      So what kinds of hats would you be eating?

      Back on topic, I like this car much more than the normal 5-series. In M guise, it feels more potent than plebeian, although in a rather understated way since the F10 is rather reserved in style. Kind of reminds me of Audi in that sense. Looks all right, other than those protruding quad exhaust tips.
      • 4 Years Ago
      At first, I was a little worried about this car going turbo. The E60 M5 exhaust note is truly something to behold, and I am a bit sad we won't see engines like that on production cars in the future. That being said, I can't wait to see what they do with this new motor. If what it can do in the X5/6 M is any indication of what it is capable of I think it will be a real strong performer.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well, I bet it will be a bit faster than the XFR, but to be honest, the XFR seems to be much more of a sports car than this new 5 series (although I do think the new 5 series is a huge improvement over the old one).
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