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The eagerly awaited new BMW M5 won’t debut at the 2011 Shanghai Auto Show. Instead, the Concept M5 will be shown. A similar, but not identical, version of the M5.
When questioned about how close this concept car is to the next-generation M5, which is expected to be introduced at theÂ Frankfurt Auto Show in September, a BMW spokesman, David Buchko, said, â€œItâ€™s pretty close, but itâ€™s not exactly the new M5.â€
The 2012 M5, when it is introduced, could return BMW to the top of the midsize supersedan heap, a position it occupied for many years before its status was challenged by the likes of the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG, theÂ Audi RS6 and theÂ Cadillac CTS-V. All of those sedans have somewhat more muscle than the 2010 M5â€™s 500 horsepower, although it could be argued that they never quite matched its athleticism, and for Bimmer believers, they certainly never matched its cult-car status. [Source]
The auto show runs April 21-28. Other expected debuts are an all-new Chevrolet Malibu andÂ VolkswagenÂ Beetle.