New BMW M5 hybrid seen testing on the road

This is our best look yet at the new BMW M5, which will make its full debut in 2024. Thanks to a hybrid powertrain, BMW’s next super saloon could be its most powerful model to date.

We’ve already seen the next-gen 5 Series (codenamed G60) tested many times, which isn’t surprising given that the regular car will launch a year before the full M5 version. As these latest spy images show, the M5 will retain many design cues from the standard car.

With less camouflage than on previous test cars, we can see that BMW has decided to shrink the kidney-shaped grille to bring it more in line with the headlamp units. The headlights themselves will not adopt the split design seen on the latest 7 Series and XM, but instead will have a similar look to the new X1.

Although the lower part of the front bumper is still wrapped in camo, we expect to see large air intakes on the sides to help supply air to the front brakes, plus a lower grille to cool the radiator. The bonnet appears to have a plate welded to the front, which could potentially cover a slit leading from the BMW badge, similar to the M3 and M4.

To the side, we can see wider arches to accommodate the larger wheels. The traditional design of BMW’s M division wing mirrors can be seen on this test car. At the rear, this is the first time we’ve seen the new 5 Series’ taillight clusters. The overall shape doesn’t stray too far from that of the current car, as it’s split between the fixed bodywork and the boot lid. Classic quad exhaust tips are retained.

Our exclusive image gives a better indication of what the upcoming BMW M5 will look like. The usual aggressive and performance-focused details of the M5 will remain and we expect those new headlights will also employ laser light technology, and the car’s front wings will share a similar design to those of the new 2 Series.

The cabin of the M5 will be completely new and will mostly be borrowed from the upcoming 5 Series replacement. It will feature BMW’s iDrive 8 infotainment system with features such as 5G connectivity and an augmented reality navigation system. Like the iX, a 14.9-inch touchscreen will be used with a 12.3-inch digital instrument panel in a single piece of curved glass.

On the test car we’ve seen, there’s a small but significant tag on the side that says “Electric Vehicle.” That’s because the new M5’s power will be hybrid, most likely coming from the new XM super-SUV.

In the XM, the 482bhp turbocharged 4.4-litre V8 produces a 194bhp electric motor which combines to produce 644bhp and 800Nm of torque. Power is sent to all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission. In the M5, however, we could see power increase to 748bhp if BMW decides to use the established version for the upcoming ‘Label Red’ variant.

The new M5 could even offer electric-only operation thanks to the powertrain’s 25.7 kWh battery. In the XM, the system allows 55 miles of driving for electric vehicles alone, which could increase in the M5 thanks to its more aerodynamic shape.

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