Plug-in hybrid BMW M5 more likely than an i5M in the next generation – Report

As BMW has released the mid-life facelift (or the ‘LCI’ in BMW lingo) of the M5 in 2020, we assume that the Germans would have started developing the next-generation M5 super-saloon a while ago.

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 of torque. The same powertrain will serve the upcoming BMW X8 M (project Rockstar).

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.

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 M5.

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.

2024 BMW M5 specificationValue
PowertrainV8 engine + electric motor
Max Power750 hp
Max Torque1,000 Nm
Release dateMid-2024
Expected specifications and release date of the next-gen BMW M5.

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