BMW M5 Concept

Based off the current F10 5 Series chassis, the M5’s exterior has been pinched, pulled and imbued with the understated aggression that typifies BMW’s M-fettled products. Up front, a revised front fascia houses three enlarged black mesh-covered intakes to feed the turbocharged eight-cylinder and supply the front brakes with cool air. The lower edge of the sculpted front bumper is a pure representation of BMW’s latest M models and extends rearward to the aerodynamic rear apron equipped with an integrated diffuser. A deceptively subtle lip spoiler spans the trunk to provide downforce at speed, while M-specific quad exhausts shuttle spent hydrocarbons out the back

The lightweight, black wheels fitted to the show car should be an accurate representation of what’s available when the production model debuts. Forged and sized 20-inches at all four corners, each is wrapped in super-sticky Michelin Pilot Super Sport rubber, with the fronts wearing 265/35 ZR20s and the rears coated in 295/35 ZR20s – the first time BMW has fitted a staggered wheel setup on the M5.

As we’ve known for some time, the F10 M5 will pack a variant of the X5 M and X6 M’s twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 delivering somewhere north of 580 horsepower and a comparable amount of torque. Naturally, power will be sent to the rear wheels, with BMW employing a highly-modified version of its latest seven-speed M double-clutch transmission with Drivelogic to modify shift behavior and speed. (Fun Fact: The last E60 M5 was tested with a dual-clutch gearbox during development but never made it to production.) Combined with the new-for-the-U.S. Auto Start Stop functionality, BMW claims that emissions have been reduced by 25 percent when compared to the outgoing model’s V10, while developing more power in the process. BMW claims this new turbo’d V8 is a rev machine and we’ll be interested to see how the new M5’s RPM band compares to its predecessor.

BMW isn’t releasing any information on the interior (the concept on hand had blacked out windows and locked doors), nor are they detailing the revised suspension, only saying that the components were specially developed for the M5. One tidbit BMW did divulge is the inclusion of the multi-plate Active M Differential (first fitted to the X6) that independently doles out torque to each rear wheel based on traction, slip angle and a host of other data points.

From our discussions with BMW engineers and spokespeople here in Germany, the automaker has taken the (hard) lessons learned from its last M5, gone back to the drawing board and injected this newest M with the best it has to offer. And we should know if they’ve succeeded well before you’re ready to place your down payment early next year.

via Auto Blog

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