In September, BMW has registered three new trademarks; the M10 was one of them. Set to be released in 2010, the M10 will compete with the Audi R8 and the Porsche 911. The car is expected to be price way below $130.000.
The M10 is BMW’s successor for the M1 (built between 1978 and 1981), the only supercar BMW has ever had. The 2010 M10 will be a genuine high speed vehicle built from carbon fiber, aluminum and magnesium. In this way the weight will be kept below 3000 lbs. and the car will have better performance.
BMW will not use a central engine for this model. Instead the engine is to be mounted in the front, lengthwise. About the engine used there are more rumors. Some says that will be the V10 engine from the M5/M6, which will carry approximately 550 HP out in the M10. Another possibility is also the 4.0 liters V8 engine used in the M3.
2010 BMW M10
Another options will be a V12 derivative of the current V10 used in the M5 and M6. The possibility exists, however, that it will merely get a blown version of that same V-10 engine. Either way, the car is expected to be a rear wheel drive two door, with power substantially more than 500 hp.
The expectation that the new BMW M10 would clone the CS Concept car shown at the Shanghai Auto Show got a big boost when BMW’s North American Chief Executive Officer confirmed that the CS Concept would be built. Speaking to reporters, CEO Tom Purves was pointed in observing that the CS was not an experimental vehicle, but was a design capable of production. "The CS is not a stretch or modified anything," he said. That was followed by the comment that the United States dealers absolutely loved the concept car and that, if the dealers and media love it, "there’s a good chance customers will."
BMW CS Concept
The V8 versions of the M10 is set to target the the Audi R8 4,2 FSI. But the V10 version is said to hit a top speed of almost 214 mph. With this speed, the new M10 can easily compete with supercars from Lamborghini or Ferrari.