Even if BMW has not yet made it official, and this is normal since the car in question should be unveiled in about a year and a half to two years, the future M5 will be a plug-in hybrid.
Information that it is already possible to confirm since it is inscribed “Hybrid Test Vehicle” on the rear bumper of the vehicle, information that must be visible in the event of a problem on the prototype and thus facilitate the intervention of the emergency services and in particular the firefighters in the event of a conflagration.
The presence of a rechargeable hybrid engine under the hood of the future M5 should not delight aficionados of the brand, but in the current context, it is undoubtedly a necessary step before the all-electric era.
Judging by the spy photos, aesthetically the future BMW M5 should retain a silhouette similar to the one we know today, with the design of the future generation of 5 Series that we should discover at the end of the year or , at the latest, at the beginning of 2023. And how do we know that it is an M5 under this thick camouflage?
There are several clues, in particular by drawing a parallel with the prototypes of the other future 5 Series, which are not provided with such prominent attributes, as is the case with the shields, the side skirts or the wheel arches. , more pronounced. The four tailpipes do not really leave room for doubt.
Under the hood, the powertrain will be hybrid, sure, but what will it consist of? It seems that BMW M is keeping its V8, especially since Markus Flasch, the former CEO of BMW M, announced a few months ago that the V8 should last until 2030 at BMW. Like the six-cylinder in-line, the V8 will be equipped with a hybridization of which we do not yet know all the attributes.
It’s a safe bet that the future BMW M5 will share the same powertrain as the future BMW XM, the future sporty plug-in hybrid SUV from the Motorsport division which will be presented in its final version this year. It will notably celebrate the 50th anniversary of BMW Motorsport this year. Thus, the future M5 should develop between 700 and 750 horsepower.
The BMW M5 is not planned for immediately, we should see it for the first time in 2023, or even in 2024. By then, the 5 Series will have had the right to a new generation, while the BMW i5, the 100% electric version, will also have been presented.