Shanghai motor show 2011 - BMW M5 concept car

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A concept car version of the next BMW M5 has been revealed today at the Shanghai motor show.

Although final performance details are yet to be announced, the 'high-revving' turbocharged V8 is expected to rise above the previous version's 500bhp, but offer improved economy and lower emissions at the same time.

The engine will be mated to seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission as standard and will also have an engine stop start system. Expect the M5 to blast from 0-62mph in around 4.5 seconds and continue on to a limited top speed of 155mph.

Wider wheelarches, larger air intakes, diffusers, aprons and a small rear spoiler set the car apart from the rest of the range.

On sale in the UK from this November, the new M5 is likely to cost from around £75,000.

Although near-finished concept versions of the 6 Series Coupe have been shown before – along with photographs of the final version – the Shanghai show is the first chance to see the car in the metal.

It is set to arrive this summer, and will have a starting pricetag of around £58,000. The coupe will be available with a 316bhp 3.0-litre petrol engine in the 640i and a 401bhp 4.4-litre petrol V8 in 650i form.

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