BMW insider leaks M5 ahead of official unveiling

BMW-insider-leaks-M5-ahead-of-official-unveilingSometimes, it seems as if no-one can keep a secret. Before what will no doubt be a lavish reveal in early 2017, a factory insider working at BMW has leaked images of the highly anticipated M5.

The images, sent to a host of ‘The Cammed & Tubbed Podcast’ show the forthcoming performance saloon’s bumper treatment, both front and rear.

Up till now, it’s been expected that the M5 will be officially unveiled by BMW at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2017 and plans are afoot to launch the car much earlier in the next-generation 5-Series’s life cycle than with previous generations. The M5 should go on sale within a couple of months of Geneva.

In the same way as the 5-Series received a light style overhaul in between generations, the M5 initially looks more restrained then the more radical M4. It’s under the bonnet however, where the most noticeable updates have taken place.

Leaked papers recently divulged that the M5’s nearest rival, the Mercedes-AMG E63, is geared up to produce 603bhp and 627lb ft. The M5 should be capable of equalling those numbers by way of an updated edition of the current car’s 4.4-litre V8 petrol engine mated to a seven-speed dual clutch automatic gearbox.

The new M5 is also expected to be the first non-SUV M car to offer all-wheel drive as an option. Sources suggest BMW are focusing on the ‘drivability’ of the new car, with added mechanical grip and better traction forged by the xDrive four-wheel drive system and adjusted engine mapping.

The new M5 is expected to start around £75,000, optional xDrive would naturally add to that price. Overall this places the upcoming generation at a slightly more expensive price than the existing vehicle.

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