Report: Next-generation BMW M5 to debut in Shanghai

The current M5 went out of production last summer, but the next-generation of the hot-rod sedan/wagon will debut in just a few weeks.

BMW has a long history of displaying lightly-veiled production cars as concepts, and the German automaker will reportedly continue that tradition at April's Shanghai Auto Show.

According to AutoTelegraaf, BMW will use the Shanghai show to debut a concept version of the next-generation M5. Although technically a concept, the show car is expected to be nearly production intent.

No technical details have yet been released for the next M5, but it is believed the car will arrive with a version of BMW's twin-turbo 4.4L V8 producing upwards of 580 horsepower. BMW's M-DCT dual-clutch transmission will likely be on offer, but buyers will also have the option of a traditional six-speed manual.

BMW's snub of March's Geneva Motor Show shows the growing importance of the booming Chinese market. BMW will also unveil the production version of its 6-Series coupe and ActiveHybrid 5-Series sedan in Shanghai. The production version of the M5 is expected to debut later this year at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

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