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Old 06-26-2009, 02:11 AM   #1
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REPORT: Next BMW M5 to feature twin-turbo V10 with 600 hp

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The next BMW M5 is due to arrive sometime in 2011 or 2012 and as the release date draws near, more details about BMW's newest 'Bahn-burner have begun to surface.

Two reports indicate that BMW may continue to use a V10 powerplant in the next M5, although there's still some evidence that the twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 currently fitted to the X5M and X6M could be tweaked and fitted in its place. However, if BMW decides to stick with the bent-ten, a thoroughly revised version based off the 'utes' V8 would be employed, packing a duo of turbos to boost output up and over the 600 hp mark, and giving the Audi RS6 a run for its money.

But it won't be all about power. BMW is also expected to use an F1-style KERS system to increase performance and fuel economy, along with an engine start-stop setup and an eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox. If the rumors are to be believed, expect the next M5 to make its debut sometime in 2011, with sales beginning in early 2012.


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[Sources: BMWBlog, AutoExpress]REPORT: Next BMW M5 to feature twin-turbo V10 with 600 hp originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 25 Jun 2009 15:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.


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Just what is the point of all this overkill...?
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bragging right son......thats what its all about.
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Yeah, blipping a 600 h.p. engine while sitting in traffic, or crawling along at 22 m.p.h. on the "expressway," or boasting about 17 m.p.g. on the highway, those are truly important things to brag about...
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Yeah, blipping a 600 h.p. engine while sitting in traffic, or crawling along at 22 m.p.h. on the "expressway," or boasting about 17 m.p.g. on the highway, those are truly important things to brag about...
as long as there are people willing to shell big bucks for mega HP models they will continue cranking them out, its that simple.
every one of these will be sold and at a premium no doubt so for BMW its simple economics. and bragging rights of course.
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Yes, quite true, and if need be, then create (or stoke) the market...
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