Video: 2012 BMW M5 prototype with manual transmission spotted in SoCal

BMW M5 Prototype

While the BMW Concept M5 made its world debut at the 2011 Shanghai Motor Show last month, the production version won’t be unveiled for a couple of weeks.

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BMW hasn’t officially confirmed the following, but it has been rumored for quite sometime that the next-generation BMW M5 will be offered both in a manual and a 7-speed M dual-clutch transmission. A prototype carrying the manual gearbox was apparently spotted earlier this week in Southern California.

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If you take a close look at the video (posted after the jump), you can see a little bit jerkiness while the driver is shifting.

So far – BMW has confirmed that the 2012 BMW M5 will be powered by a 4.4L twin-turbo V8 featuring TwinPower Turbo Technology. Official output numbers are still being kept a secret but BMW has confirmed that the engine will offer a significantly increased output level and a 25 percent reduction in fuel-consumption and emissions.

2012 BMW Concept M5:

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Source: 5Post (via BMWBlog)