BMW will take the wraps off the sixth generation M5 on 21st August before the car makes its public debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. Ahead of its global premiere, BMW has revealed a short teaser video of the F90 M5 going ballistic on a tarmac in the middle of a desert.
We have an exclusive digital rendering of the new M5 to give a clearer idea of the upcoming super saloon. The new M5 will rock a sleeker LED-laden headlamp unit with a sharp new lightning signature. The M5 will sit lower with an aggressive front bumper bearing prominent air vents. The larger set of wheels wrapped in run-flat tyres will grant the M5 a meaner stance. At the rear, it will be same LED tail lights as was seen on the G90 5 Series. The bumpers will be more protruding yet functional rear diffusers, while the usual quad-exhaust setup will be present as well. The new M5 will look a lot more mature than the previous generations and will be more like a downsized 7 Series even in its performance avatar. It will also be lighter, owing to the all-new CLAR platform the current 5 Series generation is based upon.
The current generation F10 M5 adopted a turbocharged V8 engine for the first time whereas the forthcoming M5 will debut BMW’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system for the first time in its 32 years of rear-wheel-drive existence. The purists might cringe at the thought of an all-wheel-drive BMW M5 but the carmaker has gone great lengths to convince us that the system does not tamper with the soul of the sports saloon.
The xDrive has been configured as a rear-biased setup. The front wheels come into play only when the rear wheels aren’t able to handle any more power and start losing traction. There are three levels of adjustability for the xDrive modes - 4WD, 4WD Sport and 2WD. Favourably, purists can opt for classical rear-wheel-drive setup by deactivating the all-wheel-drive system.
Powering the new M5 will be an updated twin turbocharged 4.4-litre V8 engine mated to an eight-speed M Steptronic transmission. However, one disheartening news would be that the good old manual gearbox would no longer be an option. Power output is expected to breach the 600bhp mark making it the most powerful M5 till date. Braking duties will be taken care by carbon-ceramic brakes and the suspension would also get new adaptive dampers.