BMW’s famous M-division is set to redefine the fast four-door with its forthcoming M5. Due in 2012, the big news is it will ditch the current car’s strato-revving naturally aspirated V10 for a twin-turbo V8 packing a 430kW and 720Nm punch!
The M5 adopts the smaller, turbocharged 4.4-litre V8 and a raft of cutting-edge tech as a means to slash consumption, which insiders say will improve by as much as 30 percent. Not only that, the bahn-storming 2012 M5 will comfortably outsprint its predecessor. Packing some 200Nm of extra twist, word is it will have the muscle to demolish zero to 100km/h in 4.4sec.
Performance and efficiency enhancing measures also include a beefy seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, a stop-start system, a host of smart aero and some truly clever state-of-the-art fuel-saving tech…
Not only a glimpse into BMW’s future, the next M5 also hints at the design and technology local muscle car makers FPV and HSV could adopt for future GT and GTS flagships.
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