And BMW M's boss tells us when we can see the rest of it.
The BMW M5 is arguably the ultimate sleeper sedan. In Competition guise, it produces a face-melting 617 horsepower, enough for a real-world 0-60 mph time of around three seconds. As impressive as that is, we've been captivated by the possibility of an M5 CS which, as our spy shots proved, is almost certainly on its way. This will be a lighter, faster, more focused machine, but now we have something else M5-related to salivate over. Markus Flasch, head of BMW's M Division regularly answers questions on his Instagram story, and just yesterday he posted a quick teaser of the upcoming facelifted M5 while confirming when we'll see it. Painted in what looks like Melbourne Red, the new M5 only lifted its drawers slightly, but it was enough to make the post go viral.
Thanks to the global reveal this week, we now know for certain what the new 5-Series will look like. Although it appears that the facelift is subtle for the regular model, the M5 is another animal altogether. Fortunately, despite BMW's recent obsession with oversized, elongated grilles, the new M5 looks like it will have a more conventional design. As expected, the L-shaped LED headlight accents are present, and the car we were briefly exposed to appears to carry on the same vein as the current model but with a slightly sleeker look. While no official release date has been given, the fact that BMW's head of M saw fit to purposefully tease us with this light reveal indicates that we should see the finished product soon. He did also mention that we will see it within the next fortnight.
In terms of power, we expect that the 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 currently doing duty in the M5 and M5 Competition will return. While the likes of Volvo have indicated that power and speed are not everything, with the Swedish firm now limiting top speed on its new cars, Markus' Instagram story also tells us that there are no immediate plans to electrify any M cars, although he did admit that this will be inevitable. We're happy to hear that for now, there won't be any plans to limit output or electrify these cars, and we're confident that the next M5 will be even more powerful than the current model, a car we know is stronger than claimed. Here's hoping BMW continues to offer the big engines in all M cars, unlike Mercedes-AMG.