According to the felows at Carmagazine UK, the next generation 2010 BMW M5 has been spotted during testing around Nurburgring. Recently, we have seen many spy shots with the next generation 5 Series, a car which is expected to launch in Spring 2010.
Historically, the M model of the 5 Series, M5, is expected to follow a year later, so it is not surprising that BMW began the testing process now. I have to admit that the photos below are not very convincing and really don't point out the M5 design elements, but I believe it's a vehicle testing the drivetrain, suspensions and other elements, on a regular 5 Series platform.
As we have already mentioned back in July, the 2011 BMW M5 will drop the famous naturally aspirated V10 engine in favor of a twin-turbo V8, similar to the 4.4 liter V8 found in the X6 xDrive50i, but tuned up by the Motorsport experts at BMW.
Should the new 2011 BMW M5 engine produce 550 hp or more, it will become the king of its market segment. Audi's RS6 is still holding the top position in the "horsepower war" with 572 hp.
Despite the fact that many bimmer fans are disappointed by BMW decision to phase out the naturally aspirated M engine, I believe it's a step into the right direction and BMW is setting a new trend, where the focus on efficiency is primarily objective at the Munich HQ.
[Source: Carmagazine UK ]
And a rendering by MotorAuthority