BMW M workshop manager Hans Rahn revealed in early June that the next M5 will use a plug-in hybrid powertrain based on the S68 engine.
This twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 is already available in the refreshed X7 and new 7 Series, with the production-ready XM following before the end of the year.
A prototype with “Electrified Vehicle” stickers on its front doors and rear bumper has been spotted up close as a reminder that the super sedan will be a PHEV.
The revamped AMG E63 Sedan competitor, codenamed G90, has been spotted (in front of a Mazda Miata NC) with the final headlights while still sporting the provisional rear lights.
A subtle trunk lid spoiler is visible, as is a not-so-subtle quad exhaust with large tips in the standard configuration as opposed to the stacked layout of the upcoming XM.
The bulging fenders and massive brakes both front and rear tell you it’s the full-fat M version and not a lesser 5er.
We anticipate that the production model will ride slightly lower to the ground, as this test vehicle appeared to have ample ground clearance thanks to its work-in-progress suspension.
Although the front is completely concealed, the M5 lacks the massive grille of the M3 because the kidneys are separate from the lower air intake.
The charging port will be on the left-side front fender, as with the 2023 XM, while the fuel cap will be on the right-side rear fender.
Prototypes give the impression of a sharper exterior design, and we can see the overhauled interior in one of the adjacent spy shots.
It features a 12.3-inch digital driver’s display and a 14.9-inch touchscreen for infotainment in a single glass housing as part of the iDrive 8.
In terms of powertrain, the M5 should offer around 650 horsepower to compete with the upcoming XM.
To match last year’s Concept XM, the plug-in hybrid SUV will receive a range-topping derivative with up to 750 hp in 2023.
It’s too early to tell whether a potential M5 Competition, CS, or another spicy flavor will be able to compete.
According to reports, the next M5 is set to go into production in July 2024.
Plot twist: in November of the same year, an M5 Touring (G99) will roll off the assembly line and head to the U.S. However, the regular 5 Series Touring (G61) is reportedly not planned for the US, as is the fully electric i5 wagon.
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