The first prototype of the next-generation BMW M5 sedan has been spied in the midst of testing. While the following mule looks like a base 5-Series model, there are a few obvious giveaways that it is indeed the range-topping variant.
For starters, it features BMW M’s characterised quad tailpipes. Additionally, larger brake discs and brake calipers are featured at all four corners. Beyond these elements, it is impossible to tell what else will distinguish the next-gen M5 from lesser 5-Series models. With that being said, new front and rear bumpers as well as different headlights and taillights are inevitable.
Underpinning the new BMW 5-Series range will be the Cluster Architecture (CLAR) set to also be used by the next-gen 3-Series, 6-Series and 7-Series models. 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.
Unlike the xDrive all-wheel drive system used by the BMW X5 and X6 models, the new system developed for the next-generation BMW M5 and M6 will reportedly be more rear-biased. With that in mind, the German company hopes the system will retain the thrills provided by rear-wheel drive M models but with the added traction that all-wheel drive offers.