Spyshots: 2011 BMW M5 at the Nurburgring
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The car comes wrapped in the famous psychedelic wrappings, but lets us see the overall design of the bumper, which comes with generously-sized air intakes. Other insanity signs on the car are the four round tailpipes, a trademark of M vehicles and the large brakes that use cross-drilled discs all-round, as well as the hood’s irregular shape.
The story of the F10 BMW M5’s powerplant is motorsport related, but not in the classic way. The current generation M5 ditched the former one’s V8 layout, adopting a V10 engine that was related in spirirt to BMW’s Formula One engine developments. But many things have happened since then, things like the racing series’ moving from V10 to V8 units and BMW’s exit from the sport, so the upcoming M5 will drop the naturally aspirated V10 engine, in favor of the 4.4 liter twin-turbo powerplant used on the BMW X5/X6 M.
However, the power rating of the engine remains unknown and it seems pretty difficult to try to guess it. This is because, as AMG’s ex-boss Volker Mornhinweg said, the German Power War is over. So we don’t expect the engine to enter the 600 hp league, as we would’ve liked. Let’s just hope that it will get a power premium over the X5 and X6 M's 555 hp rating.
The F10 BMW M5 is expected to achieve better performance through the use of lightweight materials and offer an increased efficiency, as it will also feature fuel-saving technologies.
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