BMW has announced that the new BMW M5 will be powered by a 4.4 litre V8. The engine will have 60hp more than the previous M5 despite it having a 5.0 litre V10. This is due to the new model introducing the use of twin turbos, first seen on a M car in the 1M. This move towards turbo charging the world renowned M cars is due to a desire improve fuel efficiency. Whilst total output is 560bhp/502lb-ft, the combined MPG is 28.5 which is a 30% reduction on the previous M5.
This marks the departure from the high revving natural aspirated V10 that made the fourth generation M5 so intoxicating.
The F10 has class leading performance. 0-60 is dispatched in 4.4s and 0-124 is in 13s. The top speed is limited to 155mph as standard but this can be optioned to lifted to 190mph.
The car is fitted with a 7 speed M-DCT automatic transmission. This system has customisable shift aggression and can also be operated as a full manual using the paddles located behind the steering wheel. Other notable features of the super-saloon include electronically controlled dampers, brake energy regeneration, engine stop-start, head up display, night vision with pedestrian recognition and lane departure warning.
The new M5 has a lot to live up to, here is a video that Motor Trend put together to demonstrate just how amazing the V10 M5 sounds and performs.