Yet another example of the changing industry climate, BMW has confirmed speculation that they will be ditching the M5’s 5.0L V10 in favor of a turbocharged V8. Set to arrive in tandem with a total model redesign, the new 4.8L V8 is expected to debut under the hood of the 2012 BMW M5 and will likely be unveiled in some form or another during the height of auto show season in 2010. Although we’re still awaiting official word from the Bavarians, sources tentatively expect the direct-inject 4.8L V8 to crank out upwards of 600-horsepower and featured a watered-down version of Kinetic Engine Recovery System (KERS) used in BMW’s F1 racers.
While BMW may be the first company to confirm such plans, their decision to send gas-swilling double-digit cylinder configurations to the scrap heap is by no means unprecedented. Just last week rumors leaked from Audi’s headquarters foretold of the 5.2L FSI V10’s coming doom and its purported successor, the RS7’s critically acclaimed turbocharged V8. Similar whispers have been heard from the Mercedes camp regarding their famed V12 unit, but neither company has offered an official statement on the matter.