The BMW M5 2012 version (right now named BMW Concept M5) is based off the current F10 5 Series chassis. The 2012 M5 will pack a variant of the X5 M and X6 M’s twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 engine with up to 590 horsepower sent to rear wheels. All this driven by a seven-speed M double-clutch transmission with Drivelogic. The new engine ensures a new dimension of the linear power development characteristic of BMW M automobiles. The high-performance characteristics reflected in its design are realized through the M-specific drivetrain and suspension technology.
The suspension technology especially developed for each model is an equally crucial constituent part of the well-balanced overall concept of any M automobile. It is constructed using comprehensive know-how obtained from years of racing and then tuned during extensive tests carried out on the North Loop of the Nürburgring. The result is an exclusive M suspension set up as well as exceptionally effective and weight-optimized brakes, which also remain stable even under the hard use that a place like the Nürburgring demands. In addition, the BMW Concept M5 features innovative rear differential technology also developed by BMW M GmbH.