We’ve known for quite some time that the next BMW M5 will lose two cylinders, changing from a naturally aspirated V10 to a twin-turbo V8. What we haven’t known is if that change would cause the M5 to lose any of its heart-stopping venom.
The answer appears to be a resounding “no,” at least according to some spy video snagged by the fans at Bimmerpost. In the short video, the latest M5 tears up the ‘Ring and provides some hope that those two turbos will be plenty to make up for the two missing cylinders.
Check out the video after the jump, in addition to news and specs about the upcoming U.S.-bound Ford Focus ST and an all-new entry-level Jaguar.
We expect the 2012 BMW M5 to be introduced at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, with the first customer deliveries expected in early 2012. While you wait, check out the vid to hear the turbo M5 scream:
Now, let’s all give a great big hallelujah for this news: The Ford Focus ST (top) will be available in the United States! Typically cars like this are kept quarantined as European fodder only. The Autoblog boys say:
Power is provided by an EcoBoost 2.0-liter inline four churning out 247 turbocharged horsepower, and Ford promises that the ST’s handling and aural delights will live up to the marque’s performance heritage. FoMoCo also makes it clear that the ST is bound for “all global markets from early 2012” so those of us in the States should finally get a crack at what’s traditionally been a Euro-only affair.
The Focus is one hot-looking car. Anyone else see a little Aston influence in the front?
Regular readers might remember my brief love affair with a Jaguar X-Type. I was seduced by its looks and the promise of an affordable sports sedan, but quickly saw the truth that the car was all looks and no performance. Now Jag’s new owner, Tata Motors, has an all-new plan to finally make good on the promise of a genuine 3 Series fighter to slot below the XF. Better yet, it could appear as soon as 2012.
AutoExpress says Jaguar is working on an all-new aluminium rear-wheel-drive platform for the car, with the aim of making it the lightest, best-handling car in its class. Engine choices would include a gas-powered four-cylinder turbo and a choice between a four-cylinder diesel or a six-cylinder turbodiesel. Which of those might make it into U.S.-bound cars is unclear, but a hybrid version could appear in 2015.
I know your first choice would be the BMW M5, but which would you park next to it: the Focus ST or the baby Jag?