BMW M has released new video footage of the upcoming F10M M5 performance testing at the BMW Miramas test centre in southern France.
Is this BMW M5 video worth risking a sneaky peek at the office?
If you like the M5 or fast cars in general, yes. Compared to previous entries in the M5 teaser video campaign this one shows the BMW M engineers creating enough wheelspin and oversteer to make us think that they're auditioning to work in the motoring media.
The video, at nearly four minutes long, shows M5 prototypes largely stripped of camouflage sheeting being put through their paces on the test circuit, as well as undertaking some low speed incline testing on a 32 degree gradient. What we can see conforms with the M5 Concept shown at the 2011 Shanghai motor show.
Apart from the aforementioned tyre abuse, you also get clear shots of the new M5's instrument panel, showing the M-DCT transmission's shift mode selector and adaptive damping display. BMW M engineers discuss the development work (dubbed into English) and unsurprisingly enough they're delighted with how things are progressing with their 570bhp supersaloon. Funny that.
When does the new BMW M5 hit the showrooms?
As Jethro Bovingdon revealed in the May 2011 edition of CAR, the production M5 will be unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt motor show, with first UK cars set to arrive in November 2011. M5 prices are estimated to begin at £70,000, putting it about £5000 above the Jaguar XFR, and £3000 below the current Mercedes E63 AMG.
>>Watch the new M5 track test video below, and share your thoughts on the upcoming twin-turbo V8 BMW saloon in the comments section