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2011 BMW M5 spy shots – Click above for high-res image gallery

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2011 BMW M5 – Click above to watch video after the jump

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2011 BMW 5 Series M-Sport – Click above for high-res image gallery

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2011 BMW M5 – Click above for high-res image gallery

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2011 BMW M5 testing at the Nurburgring – Click above to watch video after the jump

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2012 BMW M5 Touring – Click above for high-res image

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

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The phrase "new BMW M5" has always found the words "immense anticipation" lurking somewhere close by, and this latest version maintains that union. An HGH-injected iteration of the 5 Series was spotted apparently testing its traction control in some northern land of frosted flakes, wearing a very subtle look.

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2011 BMW 740Li – Click above for high-res image gallery

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The 2011 BMW M5 is having its heart and reflexes tested at der Nürburgring. Thus far, the company has kept a remarkably tight lid on the details of what the buyers can expect from the forthcoming supersedan, but varied and persistent rumors all point to more power, more usability, more economy, and more edge.

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What does the future have in store for BMW's high-performance M division? For starters, lots and lots of power, along with a smattering of light weight and plenty of cutting-edge technology. This all sounds familiar, but the rumored details coming out of Bimmerfile suggest that the 2011 BMW M5 would be nothing short of revolutionary.

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What does the future have in store for BMW's high-performance M division? For starters, lots and lots of power along with a smattering of light weight and plenty of cutting-edge technology. Sounds familiar, but the rumored details (via Bimmerfile) of the 2011 BMW M5 would be nothing short of revolutionary.

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2010 BMW 5 Series - Click above for a high-res image gallery

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BMW M5 - Click above for a high-res image gallery

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BMW may begin straying from its long held tradition of equipping its M models with rev-happy, naturally aspirated engines. According to a source speaking with Automotive News, the twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 currently equipped on the new X6, could be stroked out to 4.8-liters and fitted on future Ms, including the new M5, due out in 2011. The twin-turbo'd 3.0-liter inline six found in the 335i, 535i and entry-level X6 proved that BMW has the chops to create highly efficient and eminently ente

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It's no surprise that BMW plans to attempt to bring its uber-saloon up to AMG-levels of power when the new M5 debuts in 2011. That means that output needs to surpass the current model's paltry 501 hp, so BMW will bore out the current V10 to 5.5-liters, slap on a couple of turbos and use direct-injection to bringing power levels up to 550 hp, or more. Grunt will be shoveled to the rear wheels via either a six-speed manual transmission or the new seven-speed M DCT dual-clutch 'box.

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