NEW: BMW M5 super saloon
The new car will use the same twin-turbo V8 as the current F10 model, but it will be reworked with new turbos so it produces 592bhp, making it the most powerful M5 ever.
The four-wheel-drive model is described by senior BMW officials as not only the most powerful and fastest-accelerating but also the most dynamically capable and technically advanced M5 yet. It will use an 8-speed ZF automatic and will be crammed full of the same gadgets offered across the regular 5-series range. This includes self-driving capability, remote parking and gesture control for the infotainment system.
Visually, the new car is set apart from other current 5 Series models by extensively restyled bumpers, an altered kidney grille design and wider front wings. Up front, chromed vent elements behind the front wheel arches will extract hot air from the engine bay. There will also be a prominent rear diffuser element and signature quad chromed tailpipes of all M-cars.
BMW senior vice-president Hildegard Wortmann said: “You will see in this car where we will take the brand from here.
“I’ve driven it on track and it’s really special. The engineers have done an excellent job. It’s outrageous.”
If you can’t wait for the new M5, which won’t be released until September, Alpina is already taking orders for its new B5. With 600bhp and a 205mph top speed, it’s the closest you’ll get to an M5, and it’s also available as a Touring model.