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by George Skentzos

The 2011 BMW M5 prototype has been spied lighting up the rear tyres as it is put through its paces on the gruelling Nürburgring circuit.

There is some method to this madness, with engineers likely using this track time to properly calibrate the stability and traction control of the new BMW M5.

The beauty of a spy video is that it also gives us a chance to hear the new M5’s powerplant at full song – all but confirming that the V10 is in fact gone.

As an added bonus, our spy photographers also caught footage of the new BMW M3 GTS lapping the ‘Ring.

  • Jimmy

    Yep, certainly doesn’t sound anything like the sonorous metallic V10 howl of the outgoing M5.

  • Minnow

    One legging and baking it up on the first run, he probably didnt have the electronic diff on.

  • john

    How sad not listening too that glorious V10 roar? Oh well progress (on paper) for the M5 will show a big reduction in emissions, fuel consumption and a big leap in power and even bigger leap in torque. However listening to the video it is hard too hear a wonderful V8 sound coming from the car. The M3 GTS sounded far better too me. Maybe because it is a N/A V8 compared too a (as far as we know) twin turbo V8.
    RIP 5L V10. Winner of so many engine awards. Master for the last 5 years. Yes even I admit it’s time in the sun is over because other makes have caught up and gone past, but it is still one hell of an engine!

  • Arden

    Defianetly a Turbo under the bonnet of that. Listen to it at about 1.04 Just before it changes gear a whistle can be heard…. :( very sad day to know the V10 is gone.


    On German website they saying it is a V8 4.4 liter twin turbo 410kW and 680Nm. Source: Auto Motor und Sport.

    • F1MotoGP

      It is better than Mercedes E63 386kW and 630Nm. We will see when it is on sale.

  • john

    Actually AMG has the upcoming 5.5L twin turbo V8 with the phasing out of the N/A 6.2. In top spec this engine will deliver around 420kw/900nm.

  • The Realist

    I am thinking of keeping my E60 M5 – there will never be another like it.

  • Bob

    Definitely a smaller capacity V8 and unlike the M3 GTS, it’s not revving highly enough to be smoking those tyres without the help of a nice Turbo or two. Stronly suspect the same as above posters – a smaller than 5.0 litre Twin turbo V8.

    In the last bit departing the ring, I reckon that gear change sounds VERY DSG-like to me. Twin Clutch for sure.