New BMW M5 spotted testing: price, specs and release date

January 12, 2022 by

It looks as though the BMW M5 is returning as a plug-in hybrid, with prototypes spotted testing. Read on for full details.

  • New BMW M5 spotted
  • Seventh-generation of super saloon
  • Keeps traditional saloon shape
  • Plug-in hybrid V8 engine expected
  • 750hp and 1,000NM on the cards
  • Curved infotainment display likely
  • Expected to arrive in 2024

It looks as though the new BMW M5 could be arriving soon with prototypes of the new super saloon spotted.

This seventh generation of the icon is expected to make the switch to plug-in hybrid power when it arrives in 2024.

With key rivals like the Mercedes-AMG E63 and Audi RS6 to beat, that electric punch may come in very handy indeed…

New BMW M5 design

Let’s get the bit you’re all looking at in the new BMW M5 out of the way — the grille. It seems as though BMW may be resisting its current trend of ultra-tall ‘kidneys’ upfront. Instead, the new car’s grilles look like they’ve grown outwards rather than upwards.

Plus there looks to be an additional huge intake across the bottom of the bumper. This could well be tidied up a bit before you see the production car.

In contrast, the headlights on this BMW M5 prototype look to be quite small underneath the camouflage. Again this could be another area that changes for the final car, but it’s something to look out for.

The typical three-box saloon silhouette remains as well for the BMW M5, rather than turning it into some swoopy pseudo-coupe. That’ll leave room for an M8 successor, and ultimately a four-door M8 Gran Coupe.

Don’t read too much into the design of the alloy wheels or brake lights, these look there very much for testing purposes. You’ll be keen to spot the usual M car quad-exit exhaust setup though.

Oh and look carefully, and you’ll spot a few stickers with ‘Hybrid Test Vehicle’. Why? Well…

New BMW M5 plug-in hybrid engine

The new BMW M5 is going plug-in hybrid. Don’t grab the torch or pitchforks yet, though — this isn’t becoming an eco-focused saloon.

Rather, it’s expected to use a V8 engine linked up to an electric motor, producing about 750hp and 1,000Nm of torque. If that sounds familiar, that’s because it could be the same one found in the BMW XM SUV.

A small electric-only range will be possible as well, but the electric assistance is there for performance.

Expect the all-wheel-drive system and eight-speed automatic gearbox from the existing BMW M5 to carry over, though.

New BMW M5 interior and infotainment

No images have surfaced yet of the new BMW M5’s interior, but expect plenty of tech carried over from the new BMW i4 and updated 3 Series.

This is likely to include a huge curved infotainment display running the latest BMW iDrive system.

New BMW M5 price and release date

It’s clear the BMW M5 is still in its early stages of development, so expect to see it on the roads sometime in 2024.

A price north of £110,000 would seem likely, representing a rise over the current car.

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