Could the BMW M5 get a V8, and could it get a diesel? Find out inside.

When BMW releases the next generation 2012 BMW M5, the car will be sold with a turbocharged V8 engine, according to Dr. Kay Segler.  Segler, the managing director of BMW M GmbH, says that the performance-oriented mid-sized four-door will share powerplant technology with the X5 M and X6 M.

The petrol engine is expected to produce between 580 PS (427 kW / 572 bhp) and 600 PS (441 kW / 592 bhp), and could likely use two twin-scroll turbochargers.  Despite rumors to the contrary, it does not appear that a diesel will be available on the next M5 when it comes to market in the last half of 2011.  Still, "diesel and sportiness are not mutually exclusive,” Segler told Auto Bild.  Seglar notes that many 3er and 5er diesel owners purchase the M-Sport kit and M-badged options for their car.

Ultimately, BMW wants this car to be viewed as a daily driver more capable of kicking the competition off the track.  “The philosophy of 'Two Cars in One,' which we have once established, you will find it explicitly in this vehicle,"

Look for the concept version of the 2012 BMW M5 to be introduced in 2011 at Geneva.

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