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Mike Stevens | Mar 16, 2011

Drumming up anticipation for its new M car, BMW has released a third clip that shows the company's engineers describing the virtues of the new 2012 M5 as they plow through a snow course in Europe.

You'll need to brush up on your German however, because every word in this new video is Deutsch gesprochen.

The wait for the new M5 isn't expected to be a long one, with a pre-production version of the new M5 reportedly due for debut at next month's Shanghai Auto Show.

The production version is expected to follow at September's Frankfurt Motor Show.

Today's video isn't all there is to see about the new M5 though, with photos of the next generation BMW M5 in ever-advancing stages of development revealing plenty.

Late last year, a heavily-disguised 2011 M5 prototype was spied lapping the Nurburgring. Now, with the new 5 Series fully revealed, much of the M5's cladding has been dropped.

The new M5 is expected to draw power from a more powerful version of the twin-turbo 4.4 litre V8 engine currently found in the 2010 550i.

Already developing 408kW in the X5 M, BMW's engineers are expected to push the V8's output to around 430kW. This comfortably shades the 373kW 5.0 litre V10 of the previous M5.

The twin turbo engine should see a hefty dose of torque added to the M5’s considerable power arsenal.

While it may not appear at launch, a KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System) for the M5 would be an interesting proposition. Of course, the complexity of the hybrid system, although it would conceivably boost the M5’s already formidable acceleration, may be a stumbling-block for BMW.

Also in the works is a new eight-speed dual-clutch transmission to take over from the current seven-speed unit. A full range of M specific adjustments for steering and suspension will also feature on the new model.

With BMW’s flagship M7 unlikely to make it to production, the M5 will carry the mantle as the fastest four-door in the M range.

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