The new BMW M5 will be shown at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show along with other exciting models like the new 911, the Audi S1, MINI Coupe and Roadster, and several models from Mercedes-Benz.
A report from Auto Motor und Sport reveals that BMW doesn’t want to be outdone as it will also be presenting the 2012 M3 GTS sedan, the new 1-Series hatchback and the i3, the first of the new ‘i’ sub-brand that had been expected to arrive in 2012.
The M5 will be powered by a high-revving V8 engine with M TwinPower Turbo Technology (which is also known as the 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 installed in the X5/X6 M SAVs), active cooling systems, and 7-speed DCT Drivelogic double clutch gearbox.
The M3 GTS Sedan will be displayed with the 450 hp 4.4-liter V8 that’s also used on the Coupe. It’s likely that the M3 GTS Sedan will have a limited run later in 2011.
Fitted with a 150 hp electric motor, the i3 has a range that exceeds 250 km (160 miles) and can reach a maximum speed of about 160 km/h (100 mph). BMW is slated to build about 40,000 units annually of the i3, which will make use of advanced materials like carbon fiber. Even the i3’s passenger cell will be made of carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP).
BMW’s latest offering has a number of characteristics that make its stand above the rest. As a result, the body has been designed to display these same qualities. While the company’s 5-Series Saloon already has active proportions, it comes with a commanding yet stylish look, these have been improved even further by putting in the design features that are exclusive to the M-Series. The different adjustments have been chosen meticulously in order to make sure that they are able to the various technical demands. In addition, this is also the main element when it comes to the overall concept of the Saloon.
That this model has exceptional potential is cleverly highlighted by the use of unique qualities seen on the front portion, the rear end, and even the sides. Expressing the power offered by its V8 engine is how the front apron has been designed. The hood has curve lines that meet and form a V on BMW’s signature double-kidney grille. This same front apron has on its lower portion three air intakes and with how the usual M black slats have been arranged, it highlights the engine and its need for cooling air.
Further, since the air intakes have been set-up in way that it is on different levels, it gives an impression of depth and this underscores the forward-extending and dynamic look of the Saloon. The BMW M5 sports a lengthened profile and helping stress this are the borders of the side window in High-gloss Black, the set-back passenger compartment, and the long wheelbase. By having wheel arches that are wide and powerful, it puts focus on the wide track and thus gives the M5 remarkable lateral acceleration as well as steady roadholding.
When looked at its side, the new model does have a sporting appearance and this is boosted by having a lower suspension and with wheels on the same level as the bodywork. The suspension itself is lower because of the chassis that has been specifically tweaked. This is also helped with the 19-inch light-alloy double-spoke M wheels, which have been made particularly for this model. Offered as an option are the slim forged 20-inch five double-spoke rims which make use of lightweight materials.
The design also allows a good view of its high-performance brakes and the fixed 6-piston calipers. As such, it helps provide a clue on just how accurate the driver would be able to adjust its handling. In terms of lighting, the BMW M5 is comes with the standard bi-xenon headlights which have the daytime running light and the very distinct LED light rings. On the outer edges of the M5 are the indicator lights, each having 10 LED units.
Though it does have the twin round headlights, having the LED accent lights go above it results in that determined look whether at night or during the day. This is in fact one of the qualities that customers expect of models coming from BMW.
The central aperture has been extended forward and its functional implication is highlighted by the contour lines’ projecting shape and the vehicle’s width, which sweeps to the road surface. Also having that active curve shape are the two air intakes on its side.
Since they have been placed on the outer borders of the M5, it puts attention on the wide track and manages to fill the spaces that are on the front apron. Under the BMW 5-Series Saloon, this space is generally where the foglamps are placed. Towards the lower portion of the front end are the flaps that help channel air and that were made on the race circuit. These make sure that its aerodynamics is optimized.