For over twenty years BMW’s M5 has been reeking havoc on public roads around the world. It was one of the first true super sedans and with each new version it got better and better. I had an older E39 M5 and to say the car was a thrill ride would be an understatement. With each new version BMW refines and redefines what the M5 is. Sure, it’s always been known for its stellar performance, but it goes beyond that as the M5 usually sets the standard for all others to follow.
The current generation of the M5 is the V10 powered E60. It came out in 2006 and was met with mixed reviews from the styling police. Love it or hate it, from a performance standpoint you just couldn’t argue with the numbers. The 507 hp V10 shot the big M from 0-60 in 4.6 seconds, blitzed the quarter mile in 12.6 at 115 mph and uncorked it had a top end of almost 200 mph – these are serious numbers for any car. The biggest downfall of the E60 however was its sheer size.
Fast forward to the upcoming 2011 BMW M5. Spy shots and technical specs are just starting to hit the net and with this information there are signs that BMW is changing its tune. The 507 hp V10 is said to be replaced with a version of the direct injection, twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 from the X5 M. Power will get a bump from 547 hp to 574 hp for the M5. Performance numbers are said to up as well. How does 0-62 mph in 4.4 sec. grab you? BMW is also offering buyers of the new M5 an optional M Drivers Package that will remove the standard 155 mph limiter so as to let the 2011 BMW M5 stretch its legs to the tune of 188 mph… people, this is one fast car.
From the looks of the photos the new M5 has also been treated to a diet. It now more closely resembles the current generation 3-Series coupe than the current 5-Series design, something that is not necessarily a bad thing. The 2011 BMW M5 is slated to make its debut at the Paris Motor Show in October. Until then, we’ll just keep scouring the net trying to find you as many photo’s as we can of this thing so stay tuned.
To read more about the M5 and twenty years of 4-door mayhem, just click here and read a little something about each and every generation.