We talked several times about the new BMW M5, a model based on the current 5 Series generation, internally known as F10. However, until now, we got no opportunity to see how the production model looks, the versions earlier revealed, for example the M5 Concept unveiled at the Beijing Auto Show being just pre-production prototypes. Besides the official photos for the M5 Concept, the Chinese automotive event brought us some interior shots too, but nothing very convincing considering its development stage.
Today, a German car magazine, Auto Zeitung to be more precise, released a set of photos with what should be the production version of the new BMW M5 F10. Until now, the Germans released no official details on the new M5 F10 as a response to the leaked images but most probably all the important details alongside a complete photo gallery will be available at the M Festival which starts on June 23 at the Nürburgring.
Under the bonnet, power comes from a twin-turbo 4.4-liter unit able to deliver 552 horsepower and 680 Nm of torque. With such resources, the V8 engine that equips the new BMW M5 makes the sprint from 0 to 100 km/h possible in 4,4 seconds and the acceleration from 0 to 200 km/h in 13 seconds.
The engine comes coupled with a seven-speed DCT transmission while a manual one can enter the optional list considering some spy shots revealing a new, camouflaged (gear knob), transmission being tested. According to some unofficial details, the top speed of the model will be increased from 250 km/h to 305 km/h thanks to the M Package.
As expected, the exterior appearance of the new BMW M5 slightly differs from the M5 Concept, the production model featuring more imposing side skirts and a slightly changed design line. Comparing to the BMW 5 Series, the M version brings at the exterior new front and rear bumpers, side skirts, a quad-pipe exhaust system and 20-inch rims with 265/35 ZR (front) and 295/30 ZR (rear).
The exterior finish of the German model in the pictures is the Monte Carlo Blue but more choices will be available when the new M5 debuts. Even the 2012 BMW M5 F10 is scheduled to debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September, we will get a full preview next week at the M Festival which is held at the Nürburgring.