A day after the first pictures of the new BMW M5 leaked onto the web, the Bavarian company released an official set of the car’s pictures and confirmed its debut at Auto Shanghai 2011.
Unfortunately not much official details have been revealed yet, just the fact that a high-revving V8 engine with M TwinPower Turbo Technology generates the power output required for outstanding performance. That is the 5.5 liter Biturbo that powers the X5M and X6M as well, but in the M5 it will (probably) generate around 600 hp.
As for the design, the car looks right from every angle. I’m not saying it is very pretty, but it looks discrete and there’s no way you can tell how big of a monster it is just by looking at it. That’s the way an M5 should be, a wolf in sheep’s clothing. That’s also what the previous generation wasn’t.
We are waiting for official specs of the car, but for now check out more details on BMW’s lineup for 2011 Shanghai Motor Show after the pictures:
World premiere: the BMW Concept M5.
A premium class business sedan with the dynamic qualities of a high-performance sports car: This highly traditional concept is being reinterpreted with the world premiere of the BMW Concept M5. The fascinating concept car demonstrates how athletic design and the racing-inspired character of a BMW M automobile can be combined with the aesthetic and functional features of a sedan of the upper midrange segment. The BMW Concept M5 possesses expressive and unmistakeable design features that hint at the awesomely dynamic potential of the sedan. Under the bonnet, a high-revving V8 engine with M TwinPower Turbo Technology generates the power output required for outstanding performance.
World premiere: the BMW 6 Series Coupe.
The Auto Shanghai 2011 is the scene of the world premiere of a new dream car. The new BMW 6 Series Coupe fascinates with a unique combination of aesthetics, luxury and innovative technology. The body design, which was inspired by flowing waves, and an exclusive interior give the 2+2-seater an impressive appearance. Powerful engines and state-of-the-art suspension technology set benchmarks for sportiness and motoring comfort. Thanks to Adaptive LED headlights, the latest generation of the BMW Head-Up Display and the Bang & Olufsen High End Surround Sound System, the BMW 6 Series Coupe provides additional accents for innovation and unsurpassed driving pleasure.
Asian premiere: the BMW Vision ConnectedDrive.
With the BMW Vision ConnectedDrive concept car being presented at the Auto Shanghai 2011, BMW is offering a glance into the future of intelligent networking between driver, vehicle and environment. Expressive design and innovative technology reflect the vision of BMW ConnectedDrive and the potential that can be unleashed through a targeted exchange of information for optimising comfort, safety and Infotainment inside an automobile. Using typical BMW design vocabulary, the two-seater roadster prototype epitomises the focus on driving pleasure. Captivating light effects symbolise the flow of information permitting the use of innovative BMW ConnectedDrive functions. With groundbreaking driver assistance systems, a novel display and operating concept as well as innovative technical solutions for connecting with the world of Infotainment, the BMW Vision ConnectedDrive offers a glance into a future driving experience that has been further intensified thanks to intelligent networking.
Asian premiere: the BMW ActiveE.
BMW has taken the next step on the way to emission-free mobility. With the BMW ActiveE the premium carmaker is underlining its consistent development work in the field of electric mobility within the framework of project i. The knowledge gained from field tests with the BMW ActiveE will be fed into the further development of the BMW Group’s future Megacity Vehicle, which will be ready for series production in the year 2013. The BMW ActiveE is powered by a 125 kW/170 bhp electric motor. The intelligent arrangement of drive components and energy storage systems inside the vehicle create the ideal preconditions for typical BMW driving dynamics and enhanced functionality. The vehicle, which is based on the BMW 1 Series Coupe, offers four fully-fledged seats, a 200-litre luggage compartment, rear-wheel drive and a range of around 200 kilometres in everyday driving conditions.
Asian premiere: the new BMW 1 Series Coupe, the new BMW 1 Series Convertible.
Unsurpassed driving pleasure in the compact segment is now even more attractive. With targeted design modifications optimising not only the sporty and elegant appearance but also the aerodynamic characteristics, the new BMW 1 Series Coupe and the new BMW 1 Series Convertiblearebeing presentedto the Asian public for the first time at the Auto Shanghai. Both models are being sold on the Chinese automotive market with a powerful and efficient four-cylinder engine featuring VALVETRONIC. Exemplary fuel consumption and emission levels, rear-wheel drive, high-end suspension technology, innovative equipment features and premium quality have helped these cars establish an exceptional position within the competitive environment.