BMW M5 leaks ahead of reveal
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A factory insider has leaked CGI renderings of the front and rear styling of the next BMW M5, ahead of the car’s expected unveiling early in 2017
The BMW M5 has been revealed in images leaked by a company employee.
Full front and rear styling renderings of the car show the performance saloon’s bumper treatment. The images were first revealed to a host of ‘The Cammed & Tubbed Podcast’.
The M5 is expected to be revealed in pre-production form at the Geneva motor show in March of 2017. BMW plans to launch the car far earlier in the next-generation 5 Series’s life cycle than it has with previous generations. The model will go on sale in the following months.
Just as the 5 Series underwent a subtle styling overhaul between this generation and the next, the new M5 appears to be fairly restrained when compared with the more extreme M4. However, more significant updates have taken place under the bonnet.
Leaked documents recently revealed that the M5’s closest rival, the Mercedes-AMG E 63, will produce 603bhp and 627lb ft. It’s expected that the M5 will closely match these figures, using an updated version of the current car’s 4.4-litre V8 petrol engine mated to a seven-speed dual clutch automatic gearbox.
It’s also believed that the next generation M5 will be the first non-SUV M car available with all-wheel drive as an option. It is understood that BMW is concentrating on making the next M5 more driveable, with more mechanical grip and improved traction thanks to the xDrive four-wheel drive system and revised engine mapping.
The optional xDrive would add to what is expected to be a £75,000 starting price for the new M5. That figure represents a slight increase over the current car.