If the spy images are anything to go by, the folks at BMW seem to be hard at work readying the next-gen M5 and while the images do not reveal much, there are some clues as to what we can expect from the next M.
Firstly, there is a ‘Hybrid Test Vehicle’ sticker sign imprinted on the driver’s door and rear bumper which further proves the rumours about BMW electrifying the M5 were true. To further reveal the M5’s electrified nature, the test unit boasts an extra cap on the front fender.
It remains a mystery at this stage if BMW will retain the V8 engine but according to reports, engineers at the Munich-based firm have been hard at work trying to find ways to make the V8 and in-line-six engines more efficient while also meeting the stricter emissions laws.
As far as the V8 engine and its hybrid setup are concerned, we speculate the new M5 could make use of the newly-revealed XM’s hybridised V8 with 550 kW and 1,000 Nm of torque, but we’ll have to wait to witness that.
On the looks front, the spotted M5 prototype retains the familiar M quad exhaust tips and comes with a wider body, fender and flares for the first time. If you look closely, it also features large brakes. Well, it has to stop at some point…
The BMW M5 will reportedly go on sale later in 2023 or during the early stages of 2024, usually a year or so after the standard 5 Series hits showroom floors.