• Dec 22, 2010
2011 BMW M5 spy shots – Click above for high-res image gallery

Seriously, enough already. We've spied the 2011 BMW M5 over and over and over again, and the sedan still isn't quite ready for its public debut. Now, the flagship M sedan has been spotted during its winter testing regimen, and while we never shy away from looking at high-resolution photos of any M-badged BMW, we're ready for the seemingly endless striptease to come to an end.

That bulging front end hides a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 estimated to produce in excess of 560 horsepower and 530 pound-feet of torque, with the full force being sent to the ground solely via the two rear wheels. Of course, the improved suspension geometry means that the M5 will be full of finesse for track day storming, and we cannot stress how imperative it is that BMW releases the full onslaught of details sooner rather than later.

BMW's Detroit Auto Show stage is already reserved for the 2012 1 Series M Coupe and 6 Series convertible, which makes us think we may finally see the new M5 at the Geneva show in March. We're having a hard time staying patient.



[Source: CarPix]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Time for Cadillac to up the power in the CTS-V.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Seriously, enough already..."

      Umm...that's our line.
      • 4 Years Ago
      wow, i'm surprised how subtle it is, like, previous gen RS6 subtle. Nice... from a Q ship perspective but I was hoping for a LOT more given how visually similar the 3 and 5 series now are (more so than the C and E class or A4 and new A6).
      • 4 Years Ago
      I just hope they don't make a M out of the 5 GT abomination
        • 4 Years Ago
        They will. Every M car has had a variant in almost every trim level. There will be a 1-Series M Convertible, and I'm betting a hatch before the end of this 1-Series generation is kicked out for the next.

        Who knows? Maybe they'll improve the GT.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The delays are okay, just giving me more time to arrange the sale of a kidney and more shots at winning the lottery.

      As long as they improve the apparent steering feel "detachment" the new 5 series apparently suffers from, this will lead the pack once again. Many exciting luxo sport sedan wars to come!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Bye Bye Caddy CTS-V! The king was just taking a break for a while, but he has back and he is not a happy BEAST at all!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Are you a BMW engineer? Because that's the only way you would know if this would kill the CTS-V. The specs aren't even out yet.

        And yes, this car doesn't look as exciting and aggressive as its competitors. It looks bland and doesn't look like an M car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Remember that engine in the Caddy can be readily tuned similar to the ZR-1s 600+ Hp so I don't think it bye bye just yet.

        This M5 will never look as athletic as the previous one. No amount of wide tires and body work can cover its absolutely bland and conservative styling.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I love the specs, but the car looks entirely unremarkable. Where the M3 and 135M get flared fenders and the widened stance that make them unmistakable M cars, this looks no different than a 5 series with the M Sport package. In fact, I think those are the wheels from the M Sport package.
      • 4 Years Ago
      560hp, 530 torque, rear wheel drive with low profile tires, a recipe for the ultimate winter car!

      I guess the winter testing is to ensure that the car starts and the doors don't ice up but other than that not much can be tested and coming to the conclusion that it is terrible in the snow and adverse conditions. I am sure they had lots of fun doing donuts and spins!

      I bet is it is awesome in the dry!
        • 4 Years Ago
        At least the LSD will help in snowy/slippery conditions :-)
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Jet3xi I noticed that too! The shots of it driving show an asymmetrical tread pattern. I thought they were Nokians or Conti Extreme Winter Contacts at first. Good call!
        • 4 Years Ago
        @CB22

        I agree

        I drive a RWD MB with 4 snows here in Canada and would rather have that to drive in adverse conditions than any of my friend's FWD with all-seasons.

        But the M5 with all that power, the TCS will be on all the time.

        My neighbour has a C63 and it is hard to limit the power when in snow
        • 4 Years Ago
        Notice they have Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3d WINTER TIRES on it. That will handle better than a 535 x-drive with all-seasons on it any day!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Love my General Altimax Arctics! Had Michelin X-ice Xi2's before that, both amazing tires!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Although the image shows it is a Dunlop SP Wintersport 3D, it is not, as I actually have these. See the tread pattern differences:

        Dunlop SP Wintersport 3D:
        http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Dunlop&tireModel=SP+Winter+Sport+3D

        It is actually the "new" Pirelli:
        http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Pirelli&tireModel=Winter+270+Sottozero+Serie+II
      • 4 Years Ago
      I disagree with your first sentence. I too would appreciate official details/pics, but I can never have have enough M5 spy shots!