BMW To Debut M5 Sedan At Shanghai Auto Show
The German automaker, BMW, has a long history of unveiling nearly ready production cars as concepts and that will continue at April’s Shanghais Auto Show. According to AutoTelegraaf, BMW will unveil a concept version of the next-generation M5, codenamed the F10, which is nearly complete at this point in time.
While BMW has yet to release any information on the new M5 sedan, many believe it will pack a 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 with around 580 horsepower. That mind bending engine will be connected to the company’s DCT dual-clutch transmission, but those seeking a more traditional driving experience can opt for the six-speed manual, unlike its rival, the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG, which can only be had in one transmission type.
While this move by BMW might seem odd to some, it clearly shows the importance of the Chinese market. In years past, the German automaker would have been attending the Geneva Motor Show, concept in hand, but in today's world, things are a bit different.
It won’t just be the M5 that BMW will be carrying in, as they plan on unveiling a coupe more models in China. The first will be the new 2012 6-Series Coupe, while the second will be the ActiveHybrid 5-Series sedan.
The production version of the BMW M5 is expected to debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show, but don’t expect to see much difference in the two sedans.
The BMW M5 has been around since 1984 and back in those days, in was hand built using the 535i chassis. Each 5-Series from that point on received some sort of power boost and M badging, but one of the best models of all time came in 1998. This machine featured a V8 engine based on the M62 engine called the S62 with 394 horsepower.
This new M5 has a lot to live up too.