Here's a hint: more powerful and even lighter.
The new BMW M2 and M4 GTS may be dominating the news at the moment, but very soon the next generation 5 Series will launch and, not long after, the new M5, internally called the F90. Our spy photographers just sent us the latest images of a 2018 M5 test mule road testing in Germany and it has less camouflage than ever. Supposedly, it’ll have its official debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. Compared to the current M5 (the F10), which has been on the market since 2011, the new one will obviously feature BMW’s latest design language.
Expect to see a more aggressive front fascia, a 3D sculptured twin kidney grille and sleek LED headlights. The rear will also be more aggressive with a sloping trunk deck and LED taillights. The 2018 will also weigh less thanks to its new rear-wheel-drive platform. How did BMW engineers figure out how to shed weight? From the BMW i division, which provided a lot of carbon fiber and aluminum know how. What will be under the hood? It definitely won’t be the E60 M5’s luscious naturally aspirated V10. Instead, it’ll feature an updated version of the current M5’s 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 which is rated at 550 hp. The new M5, however, will produce around 600 hp.
One of the biggest complaints about the F10 M5 is that it doesn’t handle as well as its immediate predecessor. BMW’s M division is fully aware of this and, thanks to that new and lighter platform, the problem should be resolved. A seven-speed dual-clutch is a sure thing because, as we recently learned, the six-speed manual option is a goner. However, a first ever all-wheel drive version is supposedly also in the works. We’ll have more details about the 2018 BMW M5 in the coming months.