Less camo gives us a better look at the upcoming 735-hp super-sedan.
Our spy photographers are enjoying the European summer, and by enjoying it, we mean spending plenty of time at the Nurburgring, where they've just captured a fresh batch of shots of the 2024 BMW M5 doing hot laps in preparation for a debut later this year or early next.
Since the last time we saw the M5 in action, the front end has lost much of its camo, and while all surfaces are still covered up, we can see distinct elements of the front bumper's cooling and aero design. The lower bumper has now revealed triangular air curtains on the outboard edges, while the inner elements will feature angular air intakes similar to the M4 CSL but mirrored to angle inwards.
Based on the G60 BMW 5 Series, which debuted on the shores of Lake Como last month, the M5 will take on a new alphanumeric designation of G90 and build off of the Italian design style employed on the regular 5.
Other design elements visible with less camo now on display are flared fenders front and rear to accommodate a wider track at both ends and a kidney grille setup sporting horizontal slats - which will become the signature grille design of all M models from the M2 to the XM.
M-style mirrors, quad exhaust tips, and a slight trunk lid spoiler also feature, although we expect the latter will be replaced with something slightly more prominent when it enters production.
A curious detail is a new camo panel aft of the Hofmeister kink. In the regular 5, the kink sports a debossed '5', but it seems BMW may change this design element for the M5.
The camo visibly shows "electrified vehicle" stickers on the doors and rear bumper, and in addition to the fuel filler cap on the right-rear flank, there's an additional flap on the front left fender. That's because the new 2024 M5 will become the first-ever hybrid M5 and feature a plug-in hybrid powertrain.
The engine will be the same as the one in the XM super-SUV but will likely adopt the spec from the Label Red - 735 horsepower and 735 lb-ft of torque - with M xDrive AWD.
This will kick the forthcoming Audi RS6 and RS7 in the teeth, as the Audi pair is expected only to produce 690 hp from a plug-in hybrid powertrain.
While BMW has not explicitly stated this is the case, company representatives, including CEO Frank van Meel, have told CarBuzz repeatedly that "BMW M would not develop an engine for use in only one application."
The G80 BMW M5 Sedan will also be joined by a wagon variant, which van Meel previously hinted will be available in the US.
A reveal is expected at the end of this year, with sales likely to start by the middle of 2024.