According to the details and images first published in German auto magazine AutoZeitung, the 2012 BMW M5 will feature a twin-turbo 4.4-litre V8 producing 418kW of power at 6000rpm and 680Nm of torque available from as little 1500rpm. BMW is still yet to officially confirm these figures, so that diesel-like low-rev torque availability might not be completely correct.
What we do know is the next M5 will feature a proper performance-oriented body kit complete with an aggressive face. The front bumper bar will include two large and sharp front air ducts for the front brakes in the sides, and one large central scoop at the bottom to feed air through the radiators.
The back also contains an equally aggressive eager-to-race rear bumper bar design featuring a quad tailpipes and a gaping diffuser to extract large sums of air from underneath the car, helping to push the vehicle down into the ground for added downforce and traction.
Although 'M' cars were originally designed to be discreet and modest in appearance, this new M5 certainly stands out as a brutal sports car. Those large deep dish 20-inch rear wheels with 295/30ZR tyres (265/35 ZR20 front) aren't going to fool anyone too easily, and the trademark 'M' grille on the front guards with chrome outlining also gives the game away.
At the end of the day, it doesn't matter how onlookers will perceive it, the new M5 will sprint from 0-100km/h in just 4.4 seconds and provide a de-limited top speed of 305km/h.
Prices for the new BMW M5 are expected to start at around 100,000 euro in Germany. Australian prices are yet to be confirmed - the previous V10 M5 started at around $242,000.
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