As BMW is testing the mid-life facelift (or the ‘LCI’ in BMW lingo) of the current gen M5, which has been caught with light camo signalling the model is almost ready, it was assumed that BMW would have started development of the next generation M5 super-saloon.
According to a report filed by CarMagazine.co.uk, the next M5 expected to arrive in 2024, one year after the new generation 5 Series (BMW G60), is the first M car to be electrified either as a PHEV or fully-electric. The plug-in hybrid EV is expected to get a V8 petrol engine and electric motor combination powertrain that is expected to produce 750 hp and 1,000 Nm of torque. The same powertrain will be powering the upcoming BMW X8 M.
On the other hand, the fully-electric M5 will be built on the CLAR WE platform and the projected range is 700 km (WLTP) through its 135 kWh battery pack (Gen V pouch-style batteries). There will be three electric motors on duty for the all-wheel-drive M5 electric, with two motors in the rear and one unit in the front making a total of 750kW (1006 hp) giving it a WLTP range of 435 miles (700 km) and a 0-62mph acceleration time of just 2.9 sec, says the British magazine report.
BMW currently offers the 5 Series in several plug-in hybrid models. 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.
BMW will be introducing another plug-in hybrid variant soon in the form of the BMW 545e, which combines the same 80 kW (109 hp) electric motor and a straight-six petrol engine that makes 290 kW (286 hp). The combined output stands at 290 kW (394 hp) and 600 Nm of peak torque, and the 545e can go up to 57 km in the electric mode. The BMW 545e xDrive comes equipped with intelligent energy management making sure the engine and electric motor work together offering dynamic performance and efficiency.
The company has also introduced plug-in versions of the X1 and X2 and announced that 12 PHEVs would go on sale by end of the year.
Next-gen 2024 BMW M5 expected specification
|2024 BMW M5 hybrid specification||Value|
|Max Power||700 hp|
|Max Torque||1,000 Nm|
|2024 BMW M5 Electric specification||Value|
|Max Power||750 kW (1006 hp)|
|0-100 km/h acceleration||2.9 seconds|
|Range (WLTP)||700 km|