After five years of successful production, the current generation BMW M5 E60 sedan and touring is about to end its life. During this period BMW sold a total of 20,548 units with USA being the most successful market. The States sold a total of 8,800 vehicles. They were ahead of the German market (1,647 units), Great Britain, and Ireland who developed the greatest demand on the European continent with 1,776 vehicles sold. Japan (1,357 units) takes fourth place among the most significant markets for the BMW M5 Saloon, followed by Italy (512).
The current BMW M5 E60 is powered by a 5.5 liter V10 engine with a maximum power of 500 hp achieved at 7750 rpm and a maximum torque of 383 lb-ft. realized at 6100 rpm. This will be the new vehicle that will begin production at the same plants the M5 E60s were produced. In fact, the new M5 is the reason the E60 is being shoved out of the door.
The next generation BMW M5 will be unveiled in 2011. It will be powered by the same V8 engine used in the X5 and X6 M, but tweaked to deliver between 585-600HP. Sin ce this is the same engine we thought the BMW M5 would have, we can estimate that it will sprint from 0 to 62mph in just 4.4 seconds and hit a limited top speed of 155mph or 188 mph with the optional M Drivers Package.
Press release after the jump.