2012 BMW M5 spy shots – Click above for high-res image gallery

The BMW M5 that debuted at this year's Shanghai Motor Show may have technically been a concept car, but it comes as no surprise to see that the near-production models the German automaker is testing look exactly like the car we saw on stage. For what it's worth, we certainly hope the dark brown paint seen on this prototype will be offered when the M5 hits dealerships. Those blacked-out wheels can stay, too.

As you've no doubt read countless times before, the M5 will be offered with BMW's twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8, packing somewhere north of 480 horsepower. In the United States, both a manual and dual-clutch transmission will be available, and all-wheel drive may be in the cards, as well.

We'll have the full details later this year. The Frankfurt Motor Show can't come soon enough.


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      Agent55
      • 3 Years Ago
      "the M5 will be offered with BMW's twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8, packing somewhere north of 480 horsepower", I thought the next M5 was going to put out well over 550hp... if not close to 600hp? Well, I guess that's "north of 480hp".
      ACURA23CL
      • 3 Years Ago
      That brown is HOTNESS! Too upscale for the kids.
      Walt
      • 3 Years Ago
      OK, someone please explain why they bothered with the camouflage
      ApplePie
      • 3 Years Ago
      Can anyone explain why BMW even unveiled a "concept" at Shanghai when the M5 looks almost exactly like the current five series that are already on the roads..?
      Claud
      • 3 Years Ago
      "Stunning shade of brown"......................Yea, Right!.....................Black would be good, or dark blue.........
      tantareanujellob
      • 3 Years Ago
      Will there be an M5GT? LOL
      Ward W Bond
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow, what is that on the fender, an Escalade or Walmart chrome vent? I miss the earlier M5 versions.
        LesPaul1
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ward W Bond
        Mercedes-Benz and BMW actually started the whole fender grille (vent) thing with the latter popularizing it in the late 90s.http://bit.ly/jXXxon Cadillac and Ford just started putting it on their models after civic ricers, autozone and pepboys started carrying stick on vents. I, for one, don't care for fender vents, but it doesn't look too shabby on the e60 m5. http://bit.ly/mMphUx
        Rob
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ward W Bond
        I can't disagree that statement. It it sure not classy - which is supposed to be sort of understated, refined beauty. I was thinking more Taurus SHO ... (warning huge pic): http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/61/2010_Ford_Taurus_SHO.JPG
      oi8thepie
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sorry BMW, your designs are getting boring. This looks librarian. Please stop hiring all the Honda/Acura designers.
      Aryan
      • 3 Years Ago
      I miss Chris Bangle...look at his M5 and compare it to this...
        Rampant
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Aryan
        I never thought id actually hear somebody MISS Chris Bangle...
      BimmerFerret
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sweet jesus
      Susan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow, this is one big honking car. What happened to nimble and efficient?
      • 3 Years Ago
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