26 years ago, BMW presented the first business sedan with the motor racing qualities of a high-performance sports car, laying the foundation stone for a new vehicle category. At the Auto Shanghai 2011, the BMW M GmbH will now offer an outlook on a new interpretation of this concept. The BMW Concept M5 embodies an incomparably fascinating combination – motor-racing inspired drivetrain and suspension technology meets typical M design aesthetics coupled with the functionality and spatial comfort of a premium sedan of the upper midrange segment.
The near-series concept car boasts a design characteristic of BMW M models. Its unmistakable design features authentically express the sedan’s outstanding dynamic handling potential – from the large air intakes in the front apron, the powerful appearance when viewed from the side to the aerodynamically optimised rear end. Also, as an integral part of a typically harmonious M overall concept, the design is perfectly adapted to match the drivetrain and suspension technology, these being oriented towards the highest level of vehicle dynamics. The newly conceived, high-revving V8 power unit with M TwinPower Turbo Technology under the bonnet of the BMW Concept M5 develops a power output that is worthy of a high-performance sports car. Power transfer to the rear wheels is effected by a seven-speed M double-clutch transmission with Drivelogic technology. Newly designed and elaborated suspension components, which have been refined down to the last detail, ensure that the driver is able to make full use of the engine’s outstanding power development to experience a fascinating journey into a new dimension in driving dynamics.