Next generation BMW M5 to make 570 HP
After seeing the next generation of BMW’s 5-Series sedan, the next logical inquiry delves into the realm of high performance four doors and more specifically about the future holds for the next M5. Set to be unveiled in 2011, BMW’s new flagship performance sedan will be powered by the same twin turbocharged V8 that can be found under the hood of the X6 M and will be mated to a seven speed dual clutch transmission. But because it is one of the German automaker’s halo cars, the engine will be tweaked to deliver a total of 570 HP and over 500 lb-ft of torque.
Just like last year’s Formula One car, the next generation M5 is set to make use of a revolutionary Kinetic Energy Regeneration System, the performance oriented gas/electric hybrid unit combines an electric motor in the BMW’s transmission and a brake energy recovery device that charges a battery pack mounted inside the M5 that allows for extra bursts of energy over short periods of time, just like Robert Kubica and Nick Heidfeld. Reports suggest that BMW is considering rebuilding the entire 5-Series platform out of lightweight aluminum and use the space age composite carbon fiber for a few body panels as well as an optional roof insert that will not only enhance the future M5’s agility but will also make up for the additional weight of the KERS unit. No matter what happens, BMW’s engineers have been doling out desirable M5s for many years now, so no matter what they decide to do this time, we are sure that they won’t disappoint.