When you think of
BMW, it usually brings to mind an image of performance artfully mixed with sophisticated design. And, looking to the future, it seems that the automaker is preparing to deliver one of its most
special designsyet. A prototype vehicle has been spied in the testing stages and, judging from what's been seen so far in terms of exclusive offerings from BMW, the world will be in for a pleasant surprise come 2025.
Introducing the new 2025 M5
The M5 sedan has been one of BMW's flagship vehicles since 1984. When it was launched, the M5 was considered the fastest production sedan in the world. Moving forward, BMW didn't forget about that distinction.
According to a report by
Motor Authority, BMW has recently tested what they can safely guess is a redesigned model of the M5 sedan. While the car, which was camouflage-wrapped to shroud its appearance, had some features that could've belonged to the redesigned 5-Series, sharp eyes can pick out details that could only belong to the M5. These details include its quad-exhaust tips, distinctive brake rotors, and intakes within the front fascia of the vehicle.
Sales of this vehicle are expected to begin in 2024, which is one year after the redesigned 5-Series on which the prototype M5 is based. This date marks the M5 as a 2025 model when it arrives in America.
What do we know about the 2025 M5's Performance so far?
In addition to the camouflage wrapping, the prototype M5 also sported 'Hybrid Test Vehicle' stickers. Also, in images of the vehicle, a disguised charging port sits just on the left front fender. This feature indicates a plug-in hybrid assembly, making the M5 the first hybrid in the model's history, though not
BMW's only foray into electrification.
The sound of the engine, captured in a short video of the M5 on the move, marks it as a twin-turbo V8 with a possible assist from an electrified powertrain. With their Concept XM, BMW recently previewed an electrified V8 powertrain that is slated for use in their production XM later this year, so it's a safe bet that the engine within the prototype M5 is a version of the same V8 that powers its predecessors.
The maximum output for the electrified V8 engine in the XM was stated to be 750 horsepower with 737 lb-ft of torque. So if the M5 is sporting the same engine, you can likely expect the same performance.
How does the 2025 M5 maintain BMW's signature styling?
The 2025 M5 appears to have smaller headlights and a grille that isn't as large as the one belonging to the M5 models that came before it. In addition, there appeared to be a vent mounted in the front bumper, though it may have been a fake intended to disguise a vertical slat. This feature could be part of a kidney grille, meaning that the new M5 would go the route of oversized intakes like the M3 and M4.
While there aren't a lot of details about the interior of the 2025 M5, a few images showed a thick-rimmed steering wheel and floating screens used for the infotainment and instrument cluster. BMW has utilized this particular design in the iX, and it appears to be getting integrated into more BMW models.
There will undoubtedly be more updates as development continues on the 2025 M5. However, from what's been spotted so far, BMW has masterfully maintained its record of sophistication and performance.
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