We don’t know if this came as a result of those leaked photos that surfaced a couple of days ago, but we’re certainly not complaining. The BMW M5 Concept will be making its official debut at the Shanghai Motor Show later this month, but BMW is pre-empting the car’s launch by releasing the first set of details of the new M5 Concept, together with a slew of photos and the official preview video.

Despite technically being labeled as a concept car, the 2012 M5 Concept is expected to become the precursor to the production version that will be introduced later in the year, possibly at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

BMW was kind enough to give us a pretty good idea of what to expect with the car’s exterior design language. It would’ve been more awesome if they shared the interior of the car as well as the official performance specs, but then again, what kind of suspense will be left if they tossed all their eggs in the same basket?

At the very least, we’ll have something to look forward to from BMW when the Shanghai Motor Show arrives.

UPDATE 04/12/2011: BMW has unveiled a new video of the M5 Concept that shows one of the six lucky fans selected to see the BMW Concept M5 at the BMW M headquarter discussing the vehicle. The lucky winners also got a chance to take a look in the BMW M garage, together with BMW M president, Dr. Kay Segler.

Details on the BMW M5 Concept after the jump.

  • 2012 BMW M5 Concept
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    V8 engine featuring M TwinPower Turbo Technology
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    seven-speed DCT Drivelogic double-clutch transmission
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Exterior and Interior

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In true M aesthetic fashion, the new M5 Concept was designed to express the car’s powerful performance capabilities, developed and fine tuned to enhance high performance and superior handling, even in sub-par conditions.

In the front, the M5 Concept features three large air intakes, the dimensions of which have been carefully measured to ensure maximum cooling efficiency for the engine and all of its ancillary components. The center air intake is larger than the two intakes on either side with its contours curved ever slightly for aesthetic purposes. In addition to the intakes, another highlight of the M5 Concept is the large contoured bonnet that flows directly toward the brand’s iconic kidney grille and complemented by dual round Xenon headlights and an accentuating light at the top to create a design that puts a premium on road-going capabilities, something that’s unmistakably a true characteristic of BMW’s M vehicles.

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In the side, dynamically flowing lines continue the inspire uncompromising sportiness with the long wheelbase underpinnings contributing to form a stretched silhouette that looks aggressive and elegant at the same time. This appearance is emphasized more by the flared wheel arches and the gill element that features a high-quality chrome surround that’s horizontally divided by a chrome bar and bearing BMW’s unmistakable M logo.

Over at the rear, the M5 Concept’s unique styling continues with the rear apron, which forms a smooth transition to the vehicle’s wheel arches. In addition to that, the new M5 also has an integrated diffuser at the lower edge of the rear apron. This serves the purpose of effectuating the targeted airflow at the end of the car’s undercarriage. At each side of the diffuser are the double tailpipes, which comes with the double-flow exhaust system, and is surrounded by aerodynamically shaped trims. Over at the bootlid, you’ll also find the car’s rear spoiler, providing even more aerodynamic characteristics and ensuring that there’s additional downforce, especially when the car is traveling at high speeds.

Finally, the M5 Concept rides on a set of M-specific 20" light alloy wheels that boasts of a double-spoke design. The rims are then fitted with 265/35 ZR20 tires at the front and back.


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BMW hasn’t released specific details on the M5 Concept’s powertrain other than saying that it will feature a newly-developed V8 engine with M TwinPower Turbo Technology. There have been some rumors, though, that this new engine will be along the same lines as the 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that’s found in both the X5 and X6 M models. In addition to that, the M5 Concept is also being rumored to have a seven-speed DCT Drivelogic double-clutch transmission.


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If you wanted to be really technical about it, you can go ahead and say that since it’s still a ’concept’, there’s no price tag attached to this car. However, look for the production version of this concept to be unveiled later this year, possibly around the time of the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.


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Once the production version of the new M5 is released, you can expect it to take on the likes of the Audi S6, the Cadillac CTS-V,, and even the Jaguar XF-R. While the performance numbers of the M5 are still being kept under wraps, we expect nothing short of 580 horsepower, the output the car is rumored to have. While the next-generation S6 is still under the development stages, the M5 still has plenty of reason to worry about with the British car. The latter’s performance numbers - a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 with 510 horsepower - may not be able to hit the level of the new M5, but BMW prides itself in sportiness mixed with a dash of elegance, but the XF-R is pure luxury, one that likewise comes with a good amount of aggressiveness. Across the Atlantic, the Cadillac CTS-V is beginning to gain a lot of traction, not only for its aesthetic and performance offerings - a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine with 556 horsepower is nothing to laugh about - but also for the cheaper price tag that it comes with compared to its European competitors.

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  (498) posted on 12.19.2011

Well, I don’t believe that this is only an ordinary vehicle. It maybe looks simple but I still find it very appealing and interesting. Anyway, when will really be the market production of this?

  (336) posted on 10.19.2011

Sorry to say but I think you can’t line up this one on the other good-looking and impressive concept cars because this one is looks so ordinary and simple.

  (530) posted on 07.6.2011

Well, I don’t think that this chrome version looks impressive. I prefer the usual paint job of the BMW. BTW, it seems that this car would be in a higher price tag.

  (433) posted on 05.3.2011

This is much be a pretty good idea releasing the new BMW M5 concept. It has a stunning looks with elegance exterior appearance that makes it stands out in the crowd.

  (592) posted on 04.20.2011

Its a pretty cool silvery in color. The color itself is complimenting. I have nothing to say about this kind of car but overwhelm ability to its function and the overall appearance.

  (806) posted on 04.19.2011

Aesthetically. it looks so great! It look so clean and decent and i wonder what will be the styling on the interior since they haven’t announced it yet.

  (613) posted on 04.19.2011

This new BMW Concept is totally a hunk in style, It drives you crazy while driving this incredible auto. All your driving experiences will be worthy enough and great and enjoyable.

  (708) posted on 04.15.2011

Well, the exterior still looks a bit to bland to me, though I really do like the way they did the front of the car. I am just hoping that the interior is also very good.

  (599) posted on 04.15.2011

I admit that I thought that the new M5 concept would be just a minor overhaul of the previous M5. But this one is really looking rather impressive.

  (797) posted on 04.14.2011

Well, just being the M5 up close is definitely enough for me. But those guys are lucky indeed, being given a chance to view the other models in BMW’s garage.

  (1022) posted on 04.13.2011

I really love the M concept and even if they haven’t make any upgrade in the exterior its still look luxurious and aggressive. BTW, there are modification in the features!

  (780) posted on 04.13.2011

The kidney grille is still there, and I think when it comes to the aesthetic of the car, I can’t see any new details. I just hope that they make an upgrade on the engine performance of the car. 

  (570) posted on 04.13.2011

Hmm, they are quite lucky indeed. As for the M5, BMW is definitely drumming up all the hype for the car these past few days. Good thing it lived out to our expectations.

  (858) posted on 04.13.2011

Well, they definitely are very lucky indeed. I would really want to have a peek at the M Garage myself. Too bad I wasn’t able to join the contest for this one.

  (473) posted on 04.11.2011

Well, the M5 is doing pretty good ever since it was unveiled. But this one is not really that surprising, considering that a lot of folks were already saying before that this is going to be a great car.

  (442) posted on 04.8.2011

Well, that is definitely about time. I though that this one is just a one off design study. I really hope that this one does make it into production.

  (412) posted on 04.7.2011

Actually, BMW is currently building this car. I think we have to wait for the official debut later this month on Shanghai Motor Show. BTW, BMW should give us the details about the updates on this concept.

  (313) posted on 04.7.2011

What does the BMW awaits before they could actually lineup this car for production. However, I don’t this car kind of interesting.

  (692) posted on 04.7.2011

Well, this one is really starting to get into me. I must admit that I didn’t like the M5 at first, but I think I will be changing my mind after seeing the details.

  (368) posted on 04.7.2011

Since this one has already been released, then there is nothing more that we can expect about this one. But since this is the M5, I am not surprised that a lot of folks are still looking forward to see what this one has.

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