Next generation BMW M5 will be lighter and pack more than 600 bhp with aggressive design and xDrive all-wheel-drive system
The upcoming BMW M5 has been teased ahead of its global reveal at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show in September. The two digital teasers are from the promo content of the new Need for Speed racing game. Rivaling against the likes of the new Mercedes-AMG E 63 S that makes 604 bhp, the next-gen M5 will come with an aggressive large front apron with angular vents. The front-end will have the prominent M5 badge and new hexagonal lighting sign.
The road-going M5 will have a lot more changes expected but these images – first set without camouflage – will only make us imagine about the other visual and aerodynamic modifications. It will utilise an xDrive four-wheel-drive configuration for the betterment of traction perhaps and the engine is likely to put out in excess of 600 bhp. It will have retained its renowned characters like precise steering, nifty engine and sporty ride quality.
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The test prototypes of the M5 around the Nurburgring revealed that the grille will be more prominent with air intake being made larger for additional cooling purposes. The newly designed wheels will use bigger disc brakes and there is a quad exhaust setup for greater grunt. The existing 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine will be tuned for improved emissions and fuel economy.
The performance numbers will also be higher as more than 600 horsepower will propel the M5 from zero to 100 kmph in just around 3.5 seconds. Despite the all-wheel-drive setup, BMW will configure the upcoming M5 as rear-biased to substantiate the fun behind the wheel as power will be sent to the front only when needed. Due to the stricter emission standards, the 2018 BMW M5 might gain a bit of weight you think?
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It is not going to be the case the Bavarian brand’s expertise in carbon-fibre reinforced plastic engineering will come in handy to bring the weight as low as possible. The lighter aluminium construction will reduce the kerb weight by around 100 kilograms to aid in greater handling and dynamics.