The current fifth generation “F10” BMW M5 is nearing six years old, which means we’d be ideally expecting a new car within the next couple years. That said, it should be no surprise that some spy shots are beginning to surface of some M5 test mules. But in another surprise, the test mule spotted doesn’t exactly appear to be very new.
The talented team at Motor1 was able to obtain some new spy photos of the latest prototype in the desert. And to be honest, it looks more like a heavily revised version of the M5, equating it to a mid-cycle refresh. But there’s a reason for this.
BMW seeks to evolve the styling of the next 5-Series rather than completely overhaul it, meaning the visual changes for the next-generation model aren’t expected to be table-flipping.
Rumors report a continuation with the use of the current M5’s “S63” twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8, but massaged and updated to produce 617 horsepower, compared to today’s max figure of 567hp.
But if you were hoping to scoop up an M5 with a manual rower and third pedal, you better stick to the current generation. BMW previously confirmed to be retiring the manual cog swapper for the next-generation M5, despite lack of demand. This is even after BMW made special arrangements for North American M5s and M6s to be the only recipients of a manual transmission. Europe and the rest of the world has to make do with current M5s and M6s equipped with the seven-speed M-DCT dual-clutch automatic as standard.
A diet is expected to take place as well, relieving the new car of 220 pounds from the current M5’s weight. All-wheel drive will be optional with rear- as standard. Altogether, a peak 0-62 mile per hour time of just 3.9 seconds is anticipated.
The next-generation BMW 5-Series is expected to debut later this year.
Head to Motor1 to check out those spy shots.
– By: Chris Chin
Photo Source: BMW