• Apr 29, 2010
2011 BMW M5 testing at the Nurburgring – Click above to watch video after the jump

The 2011 BMW M5 has been caught on video doing its thing around the 'Ring, and by "doing its thing" we really mean shredding the life out of the rear tires. Judging from the quick video, the massive sedan seems to have no problem hustling through the banked curves of every automaker's favorite test track.

BMW has kept its lips sealed when it comes to what exactly is under the hood of the next-generation M5 or when the lowly public will be able to get their greedy paws on the finished product. Rumor has it the German automaker has ditched the big, naturally-aspirated V10 we all know and love in favor of the same twin-turbocharged V8 found at the heart of X5 M and X6 M. If true, that means the car is packing somewhere around 578 horsepower in its arsenal.

As for when we'll finally see this big beastie without its psychedelic camouflage, your guess is as good as ours. In the mean time, hit the jump to see the uber sedan tackle the 'Ring.

[Source: YouTube]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      Just awesome.

      Also, I like how the birds start chirping at 0:41; made me giggle.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hopefully the production model will include a limited slip differential...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Good point.

        I never understood why BMW doesn't put limited slip diffs on so many of their cars. It's a shame a 335i doesn't have a limited slip. It's not like they are expensive. At least make them an option.
        • 4 Years Ago
        For real, that tire wear must be ridiculous.
        • 4 Years Ago
        All ///M cars have had LSDs for quite some time now. Non-Ms aren't so lucky though.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Anyone else catch that it's an auto?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Most racing is done with auto-manuals nowadays.
      • 4 Years Ago
      that exhaust note seems a bit tamed....wish it was more throaty.
        • 4 Years Ago
        additionally it doesn't sound like a v10
        sounds more like the orange v8 m3 that's also in the video
        • 4 Years Ago
        Just remember, turbos act as a muffler to keep things quieter.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yep, didn't sound half as good as the E92 M3 GTS that was in front of it!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I might just have some trouble justifying my obsession with the B8 RS4... Hmmm
      • 4 Years Ago
      Having the privilege of riding in my grad school advisor's 2007 M5 on many occasions, I'm definitely going to miss the sound of that crazy V10.
      • 4 Years Ago
      couldn't agree more. The last couple gens have been disappointing.
      • 4 Years Ago
      damn both that m3 and the m5 sound BADASS
      • 4 Years Ago
      yup, twin turbo '8 should be enough to fend off the amg offerings for a bit.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Man,I'm sure this new M5 will be one helluva car! But damn,I miss the sound of the crazy screaming V10!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is Sabine Schmitz driving the car?
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