BMW's M5 (F10) sedan. Screenshot via BimmerPost.

BMW's M5 (F10) sedan. Screenshot via BimmerPost.

The closest BMW got to producing a police cruiser for American law enforcement officers was in March of 2010, when the German automaker agreed to supply clean-diesel engines for Carbon Motors' E7 patrol car.

The BMW Group would have supplied a 3.0-liter, 6-cylinder engine with cooling and exhaust gas systems and automatic transmissions for the E7, a project now clinging to life support after the company was denied a federal loan to help finance production.

Earlier this month, the automaker dropped a few jaws, when it showed off a concept M5 police vehicle in Europe that's based on the U.S. spec M5 (F10). The vehicle is only a show car at this time; however, BMW offers several models to European police departments—including the 3 series, 5 series, and X3—in its BMW Authority Vehicles line.

While BMW's 5 series (F10/F11) is available with a four- or six-cylinder engine, the F10 M5 would stack up with the top-performing patrol cars now offered by from Chrysler, Ford, and General Motors. The latest generation of M5, which was introduced in November 2011, arrives with a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8.

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Paul Clinton
Paul Clinton

Paul Clinton

As the POLICE Web editor, Paul Clinton contributes posts about patrol cars, motorcycles, and other police vehicles. He previously wrote about automotive electronics as managing editor of Mobile Electronics. Prior to that, he was an award-winning newspaper reporter.

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As the POLICE Web editor, Paul Clinton contributes posts about patrol cars, motorcycles, and other police vehicles. He previously wrote about automotive electronics as managing editor of Mobile Electronics. Prior to that, he was an award-winning newspaper reporter.

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