Autos.sympatico.ca interviewed M division boss Dr. Kay Segler at the 2011 NAIAS in Detroit. They posed some direct questions, many of which our very own members have often asked and are most interested in. Below are their most poignant questions and Dr. Segler’s responses.
Here’s a case of history repeating. Every now and then, the Schiphol airport in the Netherlands is a good place for a prototype spotting. Some might remember the pictures of E92 335i and an E90 M3 prototypes years ago, today it’s an F10 M5 protoype in its late testing stage (FEP), courtesy of Autojunk.nl. These shots are the first allowing us a clear look at the M5 bootlid spoiler and in the silverstone color (which looks to be a future production color). Other production trim equipment like side mirrors, side skirts and bumpers are also prevalent but still masked.
The M5 will be powered by a twin-turbo twin-scroll 4.4l V8 with more than 555hp, mated exclusively to a Double Clutch Transmission. Expect a first appearance of the … CONTINUED
The 2012 F10 M5 continues cold weather testing and evaluation in Northern Sweden. As with our last F10 M5 photos, this one also wears a set of snow wheels/tires for testing purposes and are not the wheels we’ve come to know as the production wheels (which can be seen here and here). The mirrors you see are the production intent versions.
We were told that the speedometer topped out at 320km/h (199mph)
We have posted some older spy photos below (from the Nurburgring) which shows what the production front bumper and rear bumper will resemble.
The production M5 is expected to premier at the 2011 Frankfurt IAA autoshow in September 2011 (with an internet reveal a few months earlier). Euro deliveries will begin in November 2011 and US deliveries … CONTINUED
The F10 M5 has been spotted undergoing another season’s worth of winter testing in northern Sweden. It’s spotted here with snow wheels/tires for testing purposes and are not the wheels we’ve come to know as the production wheels. The last time we saw the F10 M5 during winter testing it was nearly completely camouflaged, but it’s been over 9 months of slow strip tease by BMW since then. The mirrors are also from the regular F10 5-series. The significance of these photos is simply that the M5 continues testing, now in the wintery conditions of Sweden.
We have posted some older spy photos below (from the Nurburgring) which shows what the production front bumper, rear bumper, side mirrors, and wheels will resemble.
The F10 M5 concept will bow … CONTINUED
The first non-black FEP (final evaluation phase) F10 M5 prototype was spotted in September and we now bring more photos of an FEP stage M5. Its camouflage remains similar to recent F10 M5 test mules and the front and rear bumpers remain covered, but we have posted some recent revealing photos for reference. The mirrors and wheels are production intent.
The F10 M5 concept will bow at the 2011 Geneva show in March 2011 and the production M5 is expected to premier at the 2011 Frankfurt IAA autoshow in September 2011. Euro deliveries will begin in November 2011 and US deliveries begin in Spring 2012.
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This F10 M5 was just spotted at the M division R&D center. There have been more revealing F10 M5 prototypes, but this test mule features the first clear look at the M5 production wheels in silver finish. We have only seen it in a black finish until now.
Auto Motor und Sport brings us a great F10 M5 video clip. This one features plenty of hotlapping on the Nurburgring and even some controlled powersliding on the wet track.
The production F10 M5 rear design has finally been spotted! Seen here is a Monte Carlo Blue F10 M5 at M headquarters in Garching, Germany. The F10 front bumper has mostly previously been revealed.
2012 F10 M5 prototypes continue to be evaluated and tested on the Ring. The M5 is set to make its world debut at the 2011 Geneva autoshow as the "BMW Concept M5", which would be a near production identical version of the car to show off at various shows ahead of the official production car launch in Frankfurt.
The car will be a 2012 MY vehicle and be powered by a special version fo the S63 V8 that is currently used in the X5 and X6 M albeit with further refinements and increased power output to make this the top car in the M car lineup alongside the next M6.
The F10 M5s debut, launch, and sales … CONTINUED