New BMW M5 and 5-Series Plug-in Hybrid Concepts debuts at Shanghai Auto Show

by Alex

BMW displayed the concept version of their F10 5 Series, the M5 sports sedan and the LWB Plug-in Hybrid at the 2011 Shanghai Auto Show held this week in China. Both these concepts are slated to enter production stage.

The Bavarian automaker’s M division has been responsible for the M5 Study and the preview has been created by them. The production version is expected to make it to the Frankfurt Motor Show scheduled to be held in September. The super saloon has a twin-turbocharged V8 engine which has been sourced from the X5 M and X6 M models. Power delivered by the engine is 555 hp and 680 Nm or 501 lb ft of peak torque. There is possibility of increased power in the M5 as stated by BMW themselves.

It would be an exclusive offer only for the Chinese market that the second conceptual version of the 5-Series will be coming out as. This car, a 5-Series Plug-in Hybrid has been based on the premium sedan with an extended wheelbase, which is another version that has been designed exclusively for the Chinese market. BMW has collaborated with Brilliance China Automotive Holdings Ltd. for this 5-Series Plug-in Hybrid model production. The power train of the car is a combination of 215 HP / 160 kW turbocharged combustion engine and an electrical motor with a maximum output of 94 HP / 70 kW. Production phase of the 5-Series Plug-in Hybrid is scheduled to start in China in 2013.

Source: carscoop

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