Christian Wimmer of Germancarforum managed to snap some shots of a BMW M5 F10 prototype “dressed” in Alpine White. The test mule spotted in Germany is undergoing final testing before its official unveiling taking place on June 21st in Munich.
The new F10 M5 launches at the end of this year as a 2012 model. The car is powered by a new TwinPower V8 turbocharged engine that is rumored to produce anywhere between 560-575 horsepower. Only transmission confirmed at this time is the seven-speed M double-clutch transmission with Drivelogic. A manual offering is rumored to be offered only for the North American market.
Design wise, the new M5 builds atop the safer, more appealing design lines of the F10 5 Series. Using softer lines, yet elegant, the new 5 Series has proven to be a success for BMW so far. The F10 M5 delivers what one expects from an M car: aggressiveness, sportiness and elegance. The front spoiler takes the M5 a step further than the 5 Series models with the popular M-package, three large air intakes, blacked out grille and discreet rear spoiler located on the boot lid serves to optimize the car’s aerodynamics.
When seen in lighter colors, the convex and concave shapes of the new M5 are distinctive, giving the car an aerodynamic look.
Price wise, the M5 F10 will start in the $ 100,000 area for the U.S. market.