The new BMW M5 concept certainly has heads turning. Although BMW stresses this as a concept vehicle, it looks almost ready for production, similar to what happened before the release of the BMW 6 Series Cabriolet recently, which was almost unchanged from the concept.
Having gone back to the drawing board with the model, the fifth generation of this iconic BMW boasts a twin-turbocharged 4.4 litre V8 engine. This is the first time that the vehicle is set to be without a naturally aspirated engine since it was first unveiled way back in the 1980’s. If you want to catch a glimpse of this beauty in the flesh, you will be able to do so at the Shanghai Motor Show in April.
The production version is virtually unchanged and is currently undergoing its 24-month testes by the BMW Engineers and if everything goes according to plan, it will be officially introduced to the world at the Frankfurt Motor Show, which takes place in September.
According to information listed by AutoWeek, the BMW engineers say that the acceleration of the new model has improved, meaning that you can go from standstill to 62mph in a staggering 4.5 seconds, the same performance you could expect from its rival Mercedes-Benz.
Of course, you will not be able to fully unleash the beast under the hood, because like all other M Series models, it is limited. It is good to know that the rise in torque, taller gearing and an improved final drive ratio will, in theory, improve the top speed to more than 180 mph.
Let’s not forget the economical side of the vehicle, in these tough times. The drop from a V10 to a V8, as well as brake-energy and other small changes ensures that your fuel consumption is cut by around a quarter. This is perfect for reducing the impact you make on the environment, without having to sacrifice on the speed and power you are used to.
Styling doesn’t not alter too drastically, but the tweaks are noticeable. Keep in mind, the new M5 has been tested using BMW’s new and technologically advanced wind tunnel.
Although you can’t expect to see this on a showroom of a second hand cars website anytime soon, you may just be able to bag one of the older models for a neat price. Alternatively, you can get that cheque book ready and become the envy of all your friends when September rolls around.
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