GIR Erster Beitrag: 24. Juni 2003 Letzter Beitrag: 25. Juni 2003 Check out this AutoWeek article. The spypics kinda look okay.. kinda. The car is set to debut in the States by the end of 2004, and will carry an F1-inspired 500-plus-hp V10, according to BMW sources. Exact displacement of the normally aspirated engine—replacing the current M5’s 394-hp 4.9-liter V8—is unknown; various sources peg it at between 5.0 and 5.5 liters. The engine forgoes new direct-injection technology found on BMW’s V12 and the much-touted Valvetronic intake lift control employed by BMW’s inline fours and V8s. Instead, it will have a third-generation version of the company’s Vanos variable valve timing system and four-valve heads similar to those on the F1 car. “They are more suited to the performance characteristics of the engine,” one insider said. Despite monstrous output, the new V10 inherits the free-revving nature of previous M- division powerplants; fuel cutoff could be set as high as 9000 rpm. As a result, this M5 should have enough top-end poke to match any four-door. With suitable gearing, it should get to 60 mph from a standstill in less than 4.5 seconds, slashing three-tenths of a second from the official time achieved by the outgoing model, and making it the fastest-accelerating M-car ever. Top speed will be limited to 155 mph. A new six-speed manual gearbox, available in a conventional or sequential manual configuration, will handle the power. BMW marketing execs want to include a six-speed automatic to up U.S. interest. Anywayz 6 speed auto in the U.S. ?! I think you U.S. people should rebel against that, who would ever want a autotranny on a M?! Somebody should smite them just for thinking that! Well it's marketing who came up with it... enough said I guess. Here's a suggestion to anybody who happens to live near the BMW Marketing offices. You could go over with a big hammer and discuss with them why having autotrannies on a M is a bad idea. Not obligating you to anything, just saying that there is a possibility. it will have a third-generation version of the company’s Vanos variable valve timing system and four-valve heads similar to those on the F1 car I wonder, does this mean it will have pneumatic valves?