Might The Next M5 Be A Hybrid?

BMW M5, Rumors | May 17th, 2015 by 11
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The folks over at Autoblog have found some interesting spy footage of a camouflaged 5 Series, and it is likely to be an M5. The …

The folks over at Autoblog have found some interesting spy footage of a camouflaged 5 Series, and it is likely to be an M5. The M5 giveaways are the quad exhaust pipes and massive brake rotors and calipers. It’s clear that this camo’d 5er is no ordinary 5 Series and has some serious horsepower. However, there seems to be another mysterious detail found on this test mule — a charge port.

There seems to be a charge port on the front, driver’s side fender, which is where it lies on the X5 xDrive40e plug-in hybrid. Now, obviously, this isn’t concrete evidence towards the next M5 being a plug-in hybrid. It’s quite possible that it’s just the test mule body for the upcoming 5 Series plug-in hybrid and BMW is using it for all the 5 Series test mules. This type of sharing happens frequently with automakers, before they have the body finished for specific cars. Most recently, Jaguar was caught using a modified XF body to test the chassis of the XE.

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2018 BMW M5 Rendering

 

However, the charge port is still there, so it begs the question, could BMW be making a plug-in M5? We already know that the next M5 will likely be available with all-wheel drive. So why not throw another big change into the mix, as well? BMW has stated that hybrid technology has no place in M Division cars as of now, however there have been hints and rumors that a hybrid M car may not be that far off.

We recently spoke of what a plug-in hybrid M car might be like and why BMW might need to consider it in the future. But could it be happening already? With the recent release of the Cadillac ATS-V and CTS-V, the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG and upcoming E63 AMG and the Tesla Model S P85D, BMW might be thinking about the future of the M Division. A plug-in hybrid variant of the M5 could give BMW a significant advantage over its competition and give BMW an early foot in the performance plug-in hybrid segment.

This is all just wild speculation, of course. This test mule is most likely just a standard M5 with the plug-in 5er’s body slapped on for testing. However, it is fun to speculate and imagine what a plug-in M5 might be like.

11 responses to “Might The Next M5 Be A Hybrid?”

  1. Mateo says:

    It should be hybrid. Being just turbocharged is not special enough for ///m

  2. hashad khodabacchus says:

    it will be hybrid

  3. Kaisuke971 says:

    Too soon… Or maybe that’s why it’ll be, because it’s to soon ! It has been the first to be downsized so why not the first Hybrid.

  4. Cui says:

    even super car like laferrari 918 P1 can be Hybrid , why not high performance sedan. Hybrid could be “green” or badass . its up to automaker what they want the car to be like . And i prefer a Hybrid Mcar than turbo Mcar . just my own opinion

  5. IceDree says:

    A Hybrid powertrain with an NA V8 would be cool.

  6. TheBingoBalls says:

    If people thought BMW M going turbo route was “bad”, I would love to see all the reactions if they used a hybrid powertrain. haha

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