Text: Anton Andres / Photos: CarPix for Autoindustriya.com | posted July 25, 2016 15:43
M5 to get a carbon core chassis
As the debut of the all-new BMW 5 Series draws closer, the automaker's engineers are approaching the final phase of testing the upcoming high-performance model, the M5. Our spy photographers have captured BMW's super sedan doing warm weather testing in Spain.
With less camouflage, it would appear that BMW has taken a more evolutionary approach towards the upcoming M5's styling. Regular models will be called the G30 although the M5 has yet to have its own chassis designation. Looking through the disguise, one can see its headlights being connected to the grill, a common theme among BMW sedans such as the current 3 Series and all-new 7 Series. A larger, wider kidney grill is also seen in the new M5. While its bumpers are still covered, expect large air intakes with a more aggressive look just like in past M5s.
On to its side, it comes with large, cross-drilled brakes with BMW M's signature blue calipers. Also like in past M5's, the fenders are wider to accommodate a wider track. At the back, the tail lights follow the evolutionary styling theme and are now longer than the soon to be replaced F10. Quad tailpipes round up its rear section.
Like its lesser siblings, the upcoming M5 will ride on BMW's new OKL platform, currently being utilized in the G11/G12 7 Series. This chassis uses a mix of aluminum, magnesium, steel and carbon fiber reinforced polymer. The use of these materials aim to cut down weight as the current F10 M5 now tips the scales at 1,945 kilograms.
There are no specific details regarding its powertrain just yet, but the M5 is expected to stick to twin turbocharged V8 power. Power output is predicted near the 600 PS range, similar to the F10 M5's 30 Jahre edition.
The next-generation BMW 5 Series is set to debut third quarter this year. Expect the M5 to be revealed sometime 2017.