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by Tim Beissmann

Images of the BMW Concept M5 – an almost-production-ready version of the upcoming 2012 BMW M5 – have leaked onto the internet ahead of the vehicle’s official unveiling at Auto Shanghai on April 19.

The Concept M5 gives us our best look yet at the styling of the new M5, which is due for release around the end of the year.

The official spec data is still a secret, although so far we know that it will be powered by a 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged V8, with estimates suggesting it will produce up to 430kW of power.

Rumours continue to circle about its transmission, although it is believed a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission will be given the job.

Owners will be able to select from four different driving modes: Comfort, Sport, Sport Plus and the manic M Mode.

News of the next generation F10 M5 has been trickling out for months now, with momentum building as the unveilings approach.

In February, CarAdvice reported on BMW’s transmission dilemma with the new M5.

Last month, the Bavarians released a short preview with the president of the BMW M division, and also let the UK’s Chris Harris behind the wheel of a pre-production model to do some snow drifting.

We’ll keep you posted on all the latest 2012 BMW M5 news as it breaks.




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