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CHECK OUT THIS ARTICLE ON THE E60 M5 FROM AUTO EXPRESS MAGAZINE.

Awesome New M5 Is Shaping Up


MW is beaming in to steal Audi's thunder! Hot on the heels of the RS6, which we drove in issue 706, BMW is upping the ante with the next-generation M5 – and our spies have caught it testing in the current issue of Auto Express magazine. Powered by an all-new 5.5-litre V10, it will make the current 400bhp model look weedy as it kicks out 550bhp.

The car marks BMW's answer to the 450bhp Audi RS6 and supercharged 476bhp Mercedes E55 AMG. The V10 will also go into the flagship M6 version of the forthcoming 6-Series sports coupé. Taking cues from the 7-Series with a raised bootlid, narrow rear lights and angular front end, the M5 will also come with the i-Drive system fitted as standard. On top of this will be a new seven-speed SMG gearbox with paddle controls, bringing technology pioneered by the BMW Williams Formula One team to the mainstream market.

The car is tipped to debut at the 2004 Geneva Motor Show, alongside the rest of the new 5-Series line-up, and go on sale later that year. But Audi isn't taking the news lying down. The company is developing an RS8, based on the next-generation A8. According to insiders, it will use a twin-turbo version of the VW Group's W12 engine to develop around 600bhp.


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I'll back up your info.. Here's the pic what he's talking about


 

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oh damn this is awesome!!! last time i read they only said it's gonna be 500hp!!! man 550hp, what kind of 0-60 time we are talking about here.... 4.2?? though i am not sure about the idrive, i guess depends on its development these two yrs.

and btw, is that just me or some of you also think that the 5 series look a bit better now?? compared to the spy pics we looked at a while ago?
 
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