BMW’s new M5 super-saloon has been spotted testing again; it will do battle with the 2017 Mercedes-AMG E63 when it arrives next year

The next-generation BMW M5 has been spotted testing again, revealing significant design features including its large front air intakes and drilled disc brakes.

The new 5 Series flagship is set to offer a choice between rear-wheel drive and optional four-wheel drive for the first time. It is tentatively due to be unveiled at the 2017 Geneva motor show, with a developed version of BMW’s twin-turbocharged  4.4-litre V8 petrol engine under the bonnet.

The BMW M5 has been shown in new leaked images. Click here to see them.

Like the current car, it will use a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, but the engine's peak output is expected to increase from the 552bhp and 502lb ft of torque of today’s model.

Along with the rest of the 5 Series range, the next M5 will feature an evolved design that takes influence from the Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupé concept of 2013. Photographed development cars confirm it’ll get a more heavily raked rear window and a sloping boot deck, giving it a sleeker profile and more shapely rear end than the current model.

Inside, much of the car’s dash design will resemble that of the new 7 Series, and it'll also get 48-volt electrical architecture to enable advanced autonomous driving systems. A self-steering mode will operate up to a pre-determined speed, and a sophisticated anti-collision system and fully autonomous braking will also be available.

In-car technology will come from BMW’s fifth-generation iDrive system, as used by the new 7 Series. It supports new touchpad and touchscreen functions, allowing passengers to operate features in a similar style to that of a smartphone, with familiar pinch, point and swipe commands, or alternatively via an updated rotary dial mounted on the car’s broad centre console.

Insiders suggest the tech-heavy 2017 M5’s price could increase slightly compared with the current model, so a starting figure of around £75,000 seems likely.

When it arrives, the M5 will rival the next-generation Mercedes-AMG E63, which is also due to be launched in 2017. That car will use the twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 engine from the GT sports car, but with peak power increased to as much as 600bhp.

Our Verdict

The latest BMW M5 gets twin-turbocharged V8 engine

The BMW M5 is crushingly capable, but some of the charm of old M5s is gone

Join the debate


18 April 2016

More power, more torque, more electronic gadgets, more driving aidz....the M5 will be a better couch to pop some chips and coke while burning fuel in 10mph traffic. Vanity.

No manual - no fun

26 April 2016

I can live without the manual, but can't live with the synthesised engine sound track of the current car, which presumably this one will inherit. It will be a soulless technofest, rather like a Panamera.

Wouldn't it be great if they did a modern take on the E39 M5, n/a V8, 550 bhp, that noise, no driver aids. Thats why the original C63s were so loved, but the world doesn't work that way anymore. Suppose I just have to dream on....

28 May 2016

Why continue to ride slower and slower, with a soulless engine and music synthesizer? Put the turbos and two cylinders in the trash and rebuild a modern M5 E34.

13 October 2016

The M car(s) has become a gin palace all that driver aid stuff belongs in the luxo 550/m/d models etc why would you pay all that money for am M car in the first place to have a computer drive the car for you..even just parking it which to me is a sort of measure of your control of the car..if you can't park it then you probably shouldn't own it. Leave that sort of thing for audi drivers.

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • First Drive
    18 January 2017
    Despite receiving a cosmetic and mechanical refresh, Lexus's compact executive saloon still fails to provide much driving involvement
  • 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 5h review
    First Drive
    18 January 2017
    Big-selling plug-in SUV gets a light refresh in the face of new challengers to offer decent economy but only average driving dynamics
  • Mini Countryman Cooper S
    First Drive
    18 January 2017
    All-new bigger Mini continues to make a curious, flawed crossover hatchback, though it’s more compelling to drive than some and more practical than it used to be
  • Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid
    First Drive
    17 January 2017
    Plug-in petrol-electric Panamera makes a better case than ever to supplant the diesel best seller, but it still appeals more to the head than the heart
  • MX-5 RF 2.0 160
    First Drive
    17 January 2017
    The distinctive 'retractable fastback' roadster promises typical MX-5 dynamics coupled with better refinement. It achieves the former, but the latter isn't quite there yet