• Apr 3, 2011
BMW Concept M5 - Click above for image gallery

The 2012 BMW M5? Here it is in the "concept" form that will make its official debut later this month at the Shanghai Motor Show, courtesy of photos leaked from an embargoed preview event held this weekend in Germany.

As is BMW's wont when it comes to these things, "concept" simply means, "This is exactly what the production car looks like, and we'll reveal the rest of the juicy details at a future date. And maybe the production wheels won't be black."

Of course, some stuff related to the F10 M5 is pretty much set in stone already, courtesy of Chris Harris' first drive for Evo magazine.
  • The twin-turbo V8 should out-power the one in the X6M, which makes 546 horsepower.
  • Shifts come via a seven-speed DCT.
  • Selectable driving programs include Comfort, Sport, and Sport-Plus, plus the let-it-all-hang-out M Driving Mode.
Snap judgement: this is the best-looking BMW M vehicle since the E39 M5, and whatever BMW's cooked up underhood should have no problem backing up the looks. Stay tuned for more info on the BMW Concept M5 as we receive it.



[Source: Transmissia.net via M5Board via Motor Authority]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks a bit too much like the regular 5-series IMO.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I believe thats part of the goal to an extent, to be subtle. Its a sedan that you can drive every day, but go out and kick some ass or flog it around the track on the weekends. One would have to agree that the m5 is general has never been very loud visually, especially the e39 and previous gens.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love it. I think this is BMW getting back to it's roots in a very practical way. The previous M5 took the performance look too far, was too technical and too aggressive. The first three generations of M5 had one thing in common: they didn't look out of place dropping the kids off at school. They were sleepers for the car connoisseur that wanted a sports car that could feel at home anywhere it went. Their styling changes were subtle, and most people who weren't car fans never knew the difference. It wasn't supposed to a supercar. It was supposed to be the every day driver with a jekyll/hyde personality. It was the speak quietly and carry a big stick mentality that made this car legendary. The previous generation shouted at the top of it's lungs, "please, please, please look at meeeee!" No thanks. It's probably why the B7 suddenly came to our shores, the obvious choice M5 customers that had been chased away. I'll admit it's a huge car, but that's just the trend. Go sit in an accord. It feels one size smaller than my grandmother's DTS. I'm curious to see what happens with the M6. Does it get the aggressiveness the M5 lost, or does it go back to being a gentlemen's GT car? Either way, the M division is back.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I just wonder when the horsepower war is going to end?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow. It does look like a Hyundai in a way. Lol

      It's nice, but not special. It even looks heavy and tired. More like a clydsdale rather than a race horse.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I know there are a lot of haters out there ("BMW has lost their way," What is this 'joy' all about," "Too big," Too ugly," "I want my V10 back," etc., etc.) but north of 550 bhp w/ M driving dynamics all nicely packaged? Sounds like a win to me.

      I couldn't justify getting an M3 over my current tuned 335 coupe. However, this is definitely on the shopping list when time to upgrade.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have such a lovehate relationship both BMW, they seem to hit huge or miss. Not feeling it, don't care for the front ends lately. You?
        • 3 Years Ago
        the new 5 series looks big on pics but on the road is completely different.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I'm feeling it. 570 horses, M5-typical conservative looks (at least compared to other Ms), and more win than Charlie Sheen. Who cares if it's big - if it's too big, go for an M3 or quit whining. as BMW's current offerings grow, they introduce more and more compelling small offerings to slot underneath (1 series M coupe, anyone?). Wouldn't surprise me if they didn't put out a 1-series sedan for the next generation.
        • 3 Years Ago
        looks more like they should call it M7, new cars are way way too large.
        • 3 Years Ago
        not ugly but not special as well.
        • 3 Years Ago
        It's still no E39, unfortunately. That front end is trying too hard and reminds me of the E85 Z4, which is not a good thing in my book.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I agree with you, Major. I like the M3, the new 1 M Coupe, and now this as good cars. But those damn cleetus-the-slack-jawed-yokel looking lower fascia drive me a little batty. Style is objective, of course, and I have seen some colors work well with the design, but in general I just don't like it.
        • 3 Years Ago
        While I could do with less of a shark snout, this thing is too hot to be a miss. Black wheels are great. Going to be a total sleeper car with kick-a$$ performance. There are so many cars around now that look rakish and agressive that will have nowhere near the performance of this thing.
        • 3 Years Ago
        "But those damn cleetus-the-slack-jawed-yokel looking lower fascia drive me a little batty."

        Rob, you just ruined the car for me. Thanks.
      • 3 Years Ago
      It looks like every other BMW on the road.
      • 3 Years Ago
      " The twin-turbo V8 " .... no more naturally-aspirated engine ?!?

      bleah ... BMW sucks ... Naturally-aspirated engine was the ///M signature .
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think they've gotten too big. I like the looks of the car, but it seems more like a standard wheelbase 7 series. I saw a late '90s 5 series next to a brand new one this week, and the older car came off more like a 3 series next to the huge new 5.

      I like the black wheels on this "concept" but I guess they won't be flashy enough for the average M5 buyer.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Generally I think all cars are getting bigger. Probably due to this whole world getting fatter and fatter and lot of them don't fit in Geo Metro anymore...
      • 3 Years Ago
      The usual M front splitter and exhaust setup, rather doubty rear fenders, and a run of the mill turbo engine that any of the auto makers could haves slapped together... Wheres the distinctly BMW M high revving plant like the outgoing e60's v10? Fuel-econo-what? This is an M5! Ah BMW, further re-targeted the 'M brand' to the masses....

      "Snap judgement: this is the best-looking BMW M vehicle since the E39 M5" lol wut?
        • 3 Years Ago
        What are you talking about? Run of the mill v8? It has no less than 560hp, but nothing has even been confirmed yet other than a minimum amount, it could have 700hp when you hit the M button for all you know (yeah i know it wont, just making a point). Also the twin turbo v8 will be lower cost for maintenance, better fuel mileage, and way more easily tuned than the v10. Styling is a matter of personal opinion. I for one like the e60 m5 styling, the e39 was brilliant IMO, and this car looks very nice as well. I do wish it had a little more going on, but oh well.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I would love it if they left one un-badged. For one, I like the look, but it would also make it a "you've gotta know what you're looking at" sleeper for the fans to enjoy (black album?). It'd only be cool once, though.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I really like the new 5er, would be more then happy with a 535i or 550i. I am just not getting that tingling feeling that this M5 is special enough, at least in the looks department. It definitely doesn't blow me away like the E60 V10. Powertrain though is a totally different topic, surely this car will be a beast. Worry not though, I am sure BMW will lease 90% allocated to the U.S.
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