After an unofficial sneak preview of the new M5 was leaked onto the internet, BMW has released official pictures of the high performance saloon.
As was widely expected, the car features a 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 that produces a massive 552bhp – a 10 percent increase over the old V10 unit that sat in the M5's predecessor. This means the new car is able to accelerate to 62mph in just 4.4 seconds, and 124mph in 13 seconds.
It also boasts a huge 502 lb ft of torque, which is available from ridiculously low revs – 1,500rpm to be precise. As with many performance cars its top speed is electronically limited to 155mph, but this can be raised to 190mph with the optional M Driver's package.
To best utilise this power, BMW has included a host of technology to enhance the driving experience. An electronic limited-slip differential aids with cornering ability, while there are three different settings for both suspension and steering. The suspension comes with the Comfort, Sport and Sport Plus modes that have appeared on other BMWs, while the steering now gets the same treatment.
Comfort will require only a small amount of input to move the car, and is intended for low-intensity driving, while Sport Plus requires more force to give more feedback to the driver.
However, despite the performance boosts, BMW has also worked hard on efficiency and claims that the new car is 30 per cent more frugal than the old one at 28.5mpg. This brings the CO2 emissions down as well, although they still put the M5 into one band L for road tax at 232g/km. This has been done by adding brake regeneration and stop start technology.
Standard equipment will include sat nav, a head-up display, digital radio, front and rear parking sensors and a rear camera and four-zone climate control.
The M5 will cost from £73,040 when it goes on sale in November this year.