BMW has released the key details of next year's F10 M5 alongside the first pictures of one of the world's most-popular driver's sedans, which will go on sale later this year.
Like all M5's the styling is subtle, but aggressive in its details, most notably the lower air intakes, three gaping ducts to flow cooling air into the radiator, oil cooler and turbochargers. 19in. alloy wheels are standard. The car's twin-turbo 4.4 V8 will deliver 552hp and 502lb-ft of torque, for 0-62mph in 4.4sec, 0-124mph in 13sec, and will deliver a claimed 28.5mpg combined fuel economy. Peak power is 10 percent up and torque 30 percent up on the outgoing V10-powered E60 M5 and fuel economy 30 percent better.
M5s will be available with two top speeds – 155mph limited on the standard car or 190mph limited with an optional M Driver's Package.
The transmission is a 7-speed, dual-clutch unit with steering-wheel mounted paddle-shifts driving through a new Active M differential with electronically controlled multi-plate limited slip differential. Depending on the driving situation, the diff can lock between 0 and 100 percent, says BMW.
An M-specific chassis setup includes M-tuned Servotronic steering, cockpit-adjustable dynamic damping and stability control with an "M Dynamic" setting. Steering wheel buttons that can be programmed with chassis, engine and diff settings can now memorize two individual setups – the outgoing M5 could store a single setting on the M Drive button.