Su­per-sedan un­der wraps

Pic­tures of theBMWM5 point to a pow­er­ful pack­age, writes na­tional motoring ed­i­tor PAULGOVER

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THE count­down to the next BMW 5 Se­ries is into its fi­nal months, and so is de­vel­op­ment work on the heavy-hit­ter in the range.

The new M5 is out test­ing ev­ery week at the Nur­bur­gring and, de­spite heavy cam­ou­flage, Carparazzi has caught it clearly.

Th­ese pic­tures show a car that still has some plas­tic cladding on it.

But it has also picked up BMW’s sig­na­ture ‘‘psy­che­delic’’ body wrap­ping in a failed ef­fort to dis­guise some of its fi­nal lines.

Even so, the shape of the front bumper and fas­cia, and the size of the huge new air in­takes, are clear. They point more than ever to the use of a hot new en­gine, con­firm­ing talk from Ger­many that BMW is switch­ing the M5 to the 4.4-litre twin-turbo en­gine al­ready used in the M-power ver­sions of the X6 and X5 SUVs.

It makes more than 410kW, a lit­tle short of the V10 power in the lat­est Audi RS6, but with more torque than the out­go­ing V10 in the cur­rent M5.

There is also a hint of a power bulge on the bon­net of the new M5, which would be needed be­cause the lay­out for BMW’s en­gine has the twin tur­bocharg­ers tucked into the V at the top of the en­gine.

It is fine for clear­ance in the X6 and X5 but would call for more space in a low­line 5-Se­ries sedan.

Apart from the en­gine, the Carparazzi pic­tures point to the M divi­sion’s sig­na­ture four ex­haust pipes as well as large cross-drilled brakes at each cor­ner of the car.

Spy shot: BMWM5 pic­ture taken by Carparazzi.

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