Until now, all we had were thinly disguised spy photos of the new BMW M5. Sure, BMW even released a few teaser vids, but they were careful not to show too much sheetmetal. Thanks the the German magazine Auto Zeitung and 5Post, we now have the official BMW stock images, before BMW has them up in their press section. If you were looking for a radical re-style, you’ll probably be disappointed; on the other hand, BMW knows what M5 fans expect, and subtle changes will draw more buyers into showrooms than a complete styling makeover.
The V10 is gone for 2012, replaced by a more fuel efficient twin-turbo V8. The new engine is said to produce 552 horsepower and 501 ft-lb of torque, so don’t expect acceleration to be lacking. There appears to be good news on the gearbox front as well; after enough potential American buyers complained, BMW changed their minds about offering a manual transmission. If rumors are correct, the new car will come with either a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic or a six-speed manual.
Look for more details on the car next week, but for now, enjoy the pics.