New BMW M5 rendered by carwow: everything we know so far

December 05, 2023 by

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The new BMW M5 is getting closer, and it’s been spotted testing a few times now, as well as the Touring version. Carwow has used these images to render the new sports saloon, and it could use the same 748hp hybrid setup as the XM Label Red. Read on for all you need to know. 

  • New BMW M5 rendered by Carwow
  • Highly commended in the Carwow awards 2024
  • M5 Touring confirmed and spotted testing, revealed 2024
  • Plug-in hybrid V8 from the XM SUV likely
  • 748hp and 1,000NM on the cards
  • Set to arrive in 2024

The new BMW M5 is coming in 2024, and this alternative to cars like the Mercedes-AMG E63 and Audi RS6 has been spotted testing a few times. Carwow has taken these camouflaged spy shots and used them to render the next M5.

It’ll be the first M5 to use a plug-in hybrid engine, likely to be shared with the BMW XM SUV. This seventh generation of the iconic super saloon has been highly commended in the Carwow Awards 2024 as one of the most highly anticipated cars coming next year.

New BMW M5 design rendered

Carwow’s spy photographers have snapped the new BMW M5 during development testing a few times now, and the team has now taken these camouflaged spy shots and used them to predict what this new super saloon will look like.

The basic shape remains unchanged compared to the new BMW 5 Series and i5, meaning it has the classic three-box saloon profile and it’s been spared the huge buck teeth of the M3 and M4. The grille will be given an M makeover though, likely with a new honeycomb design.

The front bumper will also be given a complete overhaul to make it look much more aggressive. You can see the huge air intakes underneath the kidney grilles with two vertical bars through the middle, and there are more vents under the headlights to cool the brakes. A new front splitter also adds downforce.

The wheel arches on this new M5 are also wider, just like on the new BMW M2 with its retro touring car-inspired bodykit. You also get new massive alloy wheels with sticky performance tyres, as well as lowered suspension.

The rear end is also completely different to the standard 5 Series. There’s a massive rear diffuser and a lip spoiler on the boot lid to smooth airflow over the car. And you can’t have a proper M car without four massive tailpipes can you?

New BMW M5 Touring

BMW has also confirmed that it will finally resurrect the M5 Touring with this new generation, something we haven’t seen since the V10-powered E61 version of the mid-2000s. We’ve now seen images of the M5 Touring testing on the Nürburgring and the face looks very similar to the design of the M5 we predict in the renders.

You’ll see the wider wheel arches from the saloon, as well as the contoured bonnet and lowered suspension. There’s some sporty alloy wheel designs too, while you’ll see the two sets of dual exhausts for that additional sportiness.

You also get the estate back to make this super fast model very practical too – the ideal combination for many.

See how the iconic E61 M5 Touring compares to a classic Audi RS6 and Mercedes-AMG E55 by watching this drag-race video…

New BMW M5 plug-in hybrid engine

Long-standing M fans will be whipped up into a frenzy about the new BMW M5 going hybrid. Well, before you get your pitchforks out, this will have benefits beyond lowering emissions.

That benefit is added power. BMW won’t follow in Mercedes’ footsteps with a four cylinder engine, instead the new M5 will use the same 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged V8 as the BMW XM SUV. It highly likely to use that car’s 197hp electric motor as well.

You can find out all about the new XM by watching the video below…

The issue with using a hybrid system like this is that it adds a lot of weight, so the new M5 will have to have a lot of power to offer a significant performance upgrade over the current car. The 653hp of the standard BMW XM probably won’t cut it, so it’s more likely to have the 748hp and 1,000Nm of torque from the XM Label Red.

BMW could also give the new M5 a smaller battery than the XM to save some weight. The XM has a 25.7kWh battery, giving it 50 miles of range. The Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S E-Performance has a tiny 6kWh battery with just seven miles of range, so BMW could go down this road with the new M5.

That’s a good starting point for the new BMW M5, but there could also be Competition and CS versions in the future with even more power. Imagine this hybrid setup, but replace the Label Red’s engine with the 635hp V8 from the current BMW M5 CS. That could yield over 830hp.

New BMW M5 interior and infotainment

The interior of the new BMW M5 hasn’t been revealed yet, however you can expect it to have the same design as the 5 Series and i5, just jazzed up a bit with some M goodies.

The i5 M60 is a good starting point. It has a sporty steering wheel with a red centre marker, as well as plenty of carbon fibre trim. The M5 could also get the same carbon-fibre bucket seats as the current BMW M3 and M4.

When will the new BMW M5 go on sale?

The BMW M5 could be revealed towards the end of the year, with cars hitting UK roads in 2024. As for price, it’s not likely to be cheap. The most powerful 5 Series you can get currently is the i5 M60, and that car costs £98,000.

If the new M5 does borrow parts from the XM, you can expect it to cost between £100,000 and £150,000, and that’s just the start. If BMW does make a Competition or CS version, that could be even more expensive than the XM Label Red, and that car costs more than £170,000.

Keen on a BMW M5? Take a look at deals on the current car or compare this super saloon to the Mercedes-AMG E63 or Audi RS6