Not long after new details about the next-generation Audi A8 emerged, a selection of new next-gen BMW 5-Series spy shots have surfaced straight from the Nurburgring Nordschleife in Germany. Despite being well over a year from being revealed, a number of details about the new 5-Series are already known.
Underpinning the G30 BMW 5-Series will be the newly named Cluster Architecture (CLAR) which will also be featured in future 3-Series, 6-Series and 7-Series generations. The Cluster Architecture will combine aluminium, high-strength steel as well as carbon fibre. With the implementation of the new platform, the next-generation BMW M5 will apparently shed 180 kg over the current car and when combined with an uprated 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine delivering 600 hp as well as all-wheel drive, it should be significantly quicker from a standstill.
Another key feature of the next-gen BMW 5-Series is that it will implement a selection of self-driving technologies to ensure the car can park itself while also performing its very own lane changes and overtakes.
Engine wise, the new 5-Series will be available with a plethora of straight-six engines one of which will make use of four small turbochargers to power the future BMW M550d with 400 hp beneath the skin. Elsewhere, a 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine will be made available with 150 hp on tap.