New automatic eight-speed ZF transmission for M5 F10

Expected to debut either as a concept or production-ready model at the Geneva Motor Show this year, the performance version of the current 5 Series F10 generation will be fitted with a new ZF eight-speed automatic transmission.

2011 BMW M5 F10 spied
2011 BMW M5 F10 spied

The Germans from BMW decided to fit the new M5 F10 with an automatic transmission from ZF, dropping the DCT seven-speed gearbox because there are some chances for the DCT to not be able to handle the power properly. The new M5 F10 will be available with the 4.4-liter twin-scroll delivering 555-horsepower and 718 Nm of torque. The sprint from 0 to 100 km/h will be achieved in about 4,4 seconds.

2011 BMW M5 F10 spied
2011 BMW M5 F10 spied

Instead of revising the current transmission which fits the performance models, the Bavarians decided to introduce a new gearbox, the eight-speed one, developed by ZF. Actually, the new automatic transmission will be the only option for the new BMW M5 F10, thus, they have to be very careful when taking this kind of decisions.


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