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’stwin-turbocharged  4.4-litre V8 petrol engine under the bonnet.

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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.

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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.

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