As BMW released the mid-life facelift (or the ‘LCI’ in BMW lingo) of the M5 in June 2020, we assumed that the Germans would have started developing the next-generation M5 super-saloon a while ago.
To arrive in 2024
According to a report filed by CarMagazine.co.uk, the future BMW M5, which is expected to arrive one year after the new generation 5 Series (BMW G60) in 2024, is more likely to be a plug-in hybrid EV than a 100% EV. The plug-in hybrid EV is expected to get a V8 petrol engine and two electric motors that produce 750 hp and 1,000 Nm (737.5 Lb.-Ft.) of torque. The same powertrain will serve the upcoming BMW XM (project Rockstar).
On the new BMW M550i
In addition to the M5, the M550i may also adopt a plug-in hybrid system. According to a report from Autocar, the next-gen M550i may get a plug-in hybrid powertrain consisting of a 3.0-litre straight six-cylinder gasoline engine and an electric motor mounted on the gearbox. Although CLAR platform-based plug-in hybrid cars can have an electric motor with up to 201 bhp, this motor’s power output could be 107 bhp. The combined power and combined torque of the 2022 M550i could be 388 hp and 442 Lb.-Ft. (600 Nm), respectively.
Fully-electric BMW M models from 2025
Releasing a fully electric BMW i5M model may not be possible at this point because it would need a significantly more advanced battery technology, one that BMW would get access to in 2025 with the Die Neue Klasse cluster architecture. Batteries would have to get lighter for BMW to offer a similar dynamic performance. Until then, BMW M will work on PHEVs and fettling variants of existing EVs like the iX M60.
We will see the first battery-electric M car performance model ready later this year. We will see high-performance hybrid variants pretty soon, and we will see high-performance battery electric vehicles in a couple of years.
Markus Flasch, CEO at BMW M Division during a chat on Youtube with BMW Australia in April
The next-gen M5 could pack BMW Group’s latest tech features like BMW Curved Display (seamlessly integrated fully digital instrument cluster and central display), BMW iDrive 8.0, BMW Digital Key Plus with Ultra-Wideband technology (Digital Key 3.0), etc. At least Level 2 autonomous driving with hands-free highway driving and hands-free parking functions could also be available in the all-new vehicle.
BMW currently offers the 5 Series in several plug-in hybrid models. For instance, the BMW 530e, 530e xDrive and the 530e Touring versions are powered by a 135 kW (184 hp) four-cylinder petrol engine and an electric motor that makes 80 kW (109 hp). The 530e versions make a peak torque of 420 Nm and travel up to 67 km (530e) and 58 km (530e xDrive) in the pure electric mode.
|Next-gen BMW M5 specification||Value|
|Powertrain||V8 engine + electric motor|
|Max Power||750 hp|
|Max Torque||1,000 Nm|
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