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 at the Nürburgring 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 due to be unveiled later this year 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 also launches this year. 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.

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.

31 March 2017
Full agree with the comments above; the thing sounds dreadful; probably the worst in the BMW range after the four cylinder diesels. If Mercedes and Audi can make a turbocharged V8 sound good why can't they? I find it arrogant. "They'll just have to take what we give them and like it."

31 March 2017
This is typical Autocar now. Utterly passionless reporting of an unfolding tragedy.

2 April 2017
Why all the fuss?,600bhp,after market tuners have been getting way more than this !,plus,is manual all that relevant nowadays?,they change way faster than your average driver,some auto blip,rematch cal it what you will,there's even Radar on the five series that changes gear for you by using Satellite Navigation to optimise mpg,I guess for the purists a manual is a must,they had manual in the states yet an auto here,no,time to move with the times,the next ten years cars are going to change a whole lot.

Peter Cavellini.

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