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      07-25-2008, 11:06 PM   #1
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BMW M5 (2011) to Get TwinTurbo V8

From CarMagazine.co.uk

CAR has just bagged spy photos of the new BMW M5 out on test in Germany with its predecessor. The next-generation hot 5-series will not use the current 5.0-litre V10, which can only survive in production until 2011 because of ever-tightening emissions regs. In its place, the new M5 will use a twin-turbo V8 tuned to produce more power than today's hot-shot Five.

The new BMW M5: the lowdown

The new 5-series is due in 2009, pointing to an M-powered version the following year. And the new M5 won't mess with a winning formula; it will still mix executive comfort with supercar-slaying performance.

How so? Well, the new twin-turbo 4.4-litre V8 is said to send around 540bhp to the rear wheels. It's the same engine seen in the X6, but with attention lavished on it by the experts at M Power's experts in their HQ in Garching near Munich.

Farewell the characterful V10, then...

Expect a slightly different character from the high-revving, naturally aspirated 5.0-litre V10 in today's E60 M5. With twin-turbo punch, the new M5 will have razor-sharp responses irrespective of where the tacho needle is pointing. But will it have character and excitement galore too? Here's hoping...

How do you know this is the new BMW M5?

Our sources confirm this is the M-powered Five. Which makes sense – it's clearly out on test alongside the current E60 M5 at the (cliched, but tried-and-tested) Nurburgring and the prototype sports quad exhausts, which are an M-car giveaway. Plus the size of the rims, those huge brake discs and the low ride height all point to this being the new M5.

While the regular 5-series models will gain plenty of Efficient Dynamics goodies to trim consumption and emissions, it's unclear at this stage if the BMW M5 will gain such green know-how.

And what about the M5's gearbox?

Direct injection is likely, and the seven-speed twin-clutch box is the most likely transmission option. Today's E60 M5 does have a manual option, but only in North America. The way the market's going – with buyers flocking to paddle shifts in most territories – it seems that a semi-auto is more likely. We won't miss the jerky SMG automated manual one bit...



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      07-25-2008, 11:19 PM   #2
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My god, look how big that is to the current M5. What does it weigh now, 4500lbs?
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My god, look how big that is to the current M5. What does it weigh now, 4500lbs?
I think it's all perspective (in the first shot), and the camo plating on it. I don't think it's really going to be much, if any, bigger.

I'm actually a little disappointed in the 540 HP number considering we can get at least a good 350-400 out of our 3.0L I6 twin turbo, but I assume it's tuned down quite a bit as well. While the number does seem a little low for what it COULD do, it's still a LOT of horsepower for a production car of it's style.
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      07-25-2008, 11:23 PM   #4
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I think it's all perspective (in the first shot), and the camo plating on it. I don't think it's really going to be much, if any, bigger.
Yeah, you're probably right. It wouldn't make any sense unless they wanted to fit everything in their inventory inside the M5.

You can see the bigger kidney grills through the "camo" though. If the pictures of the next gen 5 series are accurate, it'll make the E60 look real good IMHO.
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      07-25-2008, 11:28 PM   #5
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Yeah, you're probably right. It wouldn't make any sense unless they wanted to fit everything in their inventory inside the M5.

You can see the bigger kidney grills through the "camo" though. If the pictures of the next gen 5 series are accurate, it'll make the E60 look real good IMHO.
Yeah, it looks a lot like the grills in the new 7s. I don't really like them, I think they look too big, but if it's a twin turbo V8, it probably needs all the air it can get.

The lights look quite a bit different too, but I don't put much faith in them being anywhere near a final design.
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Yeah, it looks a lot like the grills in the new 7s. I don't really like them, I think they look too big, but if it's a twin turbo V8, it probably needs all the air it can get.

The lights look quite a bit different too, but I don't put much faith in them being anywhere near a final design.
You're right, I meant 7 series pics. This is the first BMW I bought, so I've never followed BMW's development of models. Will the final design be a lot different than this?

I agree with you. They're making the grills so big, eventually you'll be able to fit a kid through them.
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You're right, I meant 7 series pics. This is the first BMW I bought, so I've never followed BMW's development of models. Will the final design be a lot different than this?

I agree with you. They're making the grills so big, eventually you'll be able to fit a kid through them.
Yeah, in the early development, the only thing they are really testing is the drivetrain. Then the shape will slowly come out, and finally little things like lights and mirrors and stuff will be changed. They do a pretty good job of hiding what exactly they are going to look like until they want you to see it.
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Yeah, in the early development, the only thing they are really testing is the drivetrain. Then the shape will slowly come out, and finally little things like lights and mirrors and stuff will be changed. They do a pretty good job of hiding what exactly they are going to look like until they want you to see it.
Ah I see. Honestly, after this car I really want a GT-R provided it's not backordered for years, but I may go with a 6 series. If it looks like that 7 series picture, I'll look elsewhere.
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      07-26-2008, 12:14 AM   #9
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I think it does look much bigger. Seeing the E39 next to the E60 is quite a shock. Can't imagine the new 5 next to the E39. Way too big.
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so is this essentially the spy pics of the next gen 5 series? assuming the new m5 will have the new styling.....
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      07-26-2008, 01:00 AM   #11
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The E60 came out in '04, and BMW models last 7 years, why is the E60 only lasting 5 years? Unpopular? That means that the M5 will have only been out for 4 years, not 6.
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Good luck making the new 5 look better than the current gen. Unbeatable.
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when will the new m6 come out in relation to the new m5?
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that thing looks like a fat cow.
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i'm not feeling the new tail lights
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it looks like 7series , if it 5er however its gonna be bigger....540hp just dont cut it , I still belive its gonna be V10twin turbo with more than RS6..around 500horses is how much u have in pencle sharpneners these days
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Thats okay, the tuners will have a field day w/ a TT V8. 650+ at the wheels.
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that camouflaged vehicle looks like the 7 or the coming 8. :-)
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I don't like the headlights look like IS250 but the taillights are nice.
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i hope those orange things on the side mirrors aren't the actual colors of the turn signals
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