Shanghai BMW M5 makes us yearn for Frankfurt

The appearance of the BMW Concept M5 at the Shanghai show may have been slightly diminished by the appearance of the thinly-disguised production car on the web some weeks ago, but we're still pretty excited about the prospect of a new version of arguably the world's greatest super saloon.

As expected, the concept gets the same 4.4-litre V8 twin-turbocharged engine which will feature in the production car potentially set to make its debut at this year's Frankfurt show.
Despite the drop in engine capacity over the old V10 naturally aspirated engine, the new M5 will provide a big boost in power, at 552bhp and 510lb ft of torque. However, BMW also claims a 25 percent improvement in fuel economy. The same engine is expected to make it to the M version of the new 6 Series coupe, convertible and Gran Coupe.

The new M5, which carries the generation serial number F10, is expected to go on sale in November following its show debut with a price tag of around £75,000.

The styling changes over the standard 5 Series are kept minor, with slightly wider front wings, a subtle rear spoiler and chrome rimmed side air ducts. Less subtle will be the massive 20-inch alloy wheels assuming they make it from the concept to a showroom version.
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