• Jun 7th 2010 at 7:57AM
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Dr. Kay Sigler, head of BMW's M division has confirmed to no one's surprise that the next generation M5 would indeed use a twin-turbocharged V8 in place of the current model's V10. In fact, after last year's debut of the X5 M and X6 M we would have been quite shocked to see anything but the V8. While the 500 horsepower V10 in today's M5 is indeed powerful, in the years since its debut a number of even more powerful and, perhaps more importantly, torquier competitors have arrived.

The supercharged 6.2-liter V8 in the Cadillac CTS-V and the turbocharged V10 in the Audi RS6 easily thrash the output of the Munich V10. The 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 cranks out 555 hp and 500 pound-feet in the two SUVs, but we're betting BMW will find a way to squeeze out even more for the sedan.

[Source: Auto Bild via BMW Blog]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Sure the v8TT will be more fuel efficient,have more HP and even lower manufacturing costs; but the sound of that v10 is music to the automotive GOD's ears.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "Those crafty Germans"
      • 5 Years Ago
      I hope they copy the entire X6 M drive train (but with a 6 speed and/or dual clutch transmission) with torque vectoring AWD. That would make this a big luxury Evo!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Sounds good to me. Save the V10 for the M-sport 7.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Very stunning car! I like Mitsubishi Lancer. He is game for my 5 favourites. Ford is in him yet GT40, the Aston Martin DB9, Porsche Carrera GT, and Lamborghini Countach. But there are much for example yet Maserati GranTurismo, you are Hummer HX, Dodge Viper, you are Chevy Corvette just.but
      rather not too irom would be very long one drawn longer.
      • 5 Years Ago
      rs6 v10 and the caddy's v8 trash the output of the m5s v10? haha, sure!
      the bavarian v10 is at least 4 years older and still beats those new ones from 0-200kmph!
      and what happens if you put a compressor on it (g-power), i don't have to tell you.

      the m5's v10 is definitely still the best enginge of the ones mentioned above, trust me. the only reason the'yre going back to v8 ist because of the treehuggers.

      wondering if the new m5 will beat the old one from 0-200kmph - the only significant mark
        • 5 Years Ago
        The new V8 twin turbo will absolutely destroy the old V10. Tons more torque, a lot fatter powerband, and significantly more horsepower. Rumors have been going around of 600hp. Of course, the great thing about turbo cars is they're just a retune away from turning up the boost higher for more power.
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