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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: April 6, 2011 @ 7:58 am

    BMW M5 Concept breaks cover after Internet leak

    Michael McAleer

    BMW’s M5 has broken cover slightly earlier than the Munich firm would have hoped for after an Internet site failed to honour an embargo set on the car.

    The Concept M5, which is due to make its public debut at the Shanghai Motor Show was revealed to journalists at a specially arranged preview on April 1st last and it seemed some thought BMW were joking with their April 7th embargo.

    Aside from the images, BMW wasn’t giving too much away yet about the M5 Concept. We do know that gone is the 5.0-litre V10, that is set to be replaced by an eight-cylinder aided by twin turbo chargers.

    Also gone is the SMG gearbox to be replaced by a seven-speed double clutch transmission with Auto Start Stop function and these changes will mean that the car has a reduction in fuel consumption and emission levels by more than 25 per cent. Visual clues of the car’s ability include large air intakes for better cooling and a discreet spoiler and diffuser at the rear. There are also the trademark double tailpipes at the rear.

    Under the skin, the M5 will have exclusive M suspension components that include special wheel suspension systems, specific axle kinematics as well as upgraded brakes. There is also the Active M Differential that prevents wheel spin and can control variations of locking torque between the right and left drive wheels. There are no exact figures on power yet, but BMW are saying that “the newly developed engine has a significantly increased output level” so that will mean an increase in power from the 500hp of the fourth-generation car.

    It is not yet known whether there will be a Touring model sold alongside the saloon version. However all is likely to be revealed when the production version is revealed later this year.

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