With the current BMW 5 Series and M5 on their way out the door, BMW is already working on new iterations of both. The next-generation BMW 5 Series will be based on the new architecture that underpins the new 7 Series, as will the upcoming BMW M5. We’ve even heard rumors that the next-generation M5 could be the first BMW M car (not SUV) to be available with all-wheel drive and that it could push 600 hp.
Well, this upcoming BMW M5 has just been caught running laps at the famous Nurburgring Nordeschleife while wearing heavy camouflage. We can make out that this is the new M5 and not the standard 5 Series, thanks to the aggressive front apron and quad exhausts.
It also sounds quite good, burbly low down and higher-pitched as the revs climb. It sounds deep and powerful, indicating that it will likely continue to use a version of the 4.4 liter twin-turbocharged V8 as the previous generation. While it would be nice to see an M5 with a straight-six under the hood once again, those days are gone thanks to the size and weight increases of today’s modern luxury cars. However, this new M5 will be considerably lighter than the outgoing car, which will help tremendously in the handling department.
We have no official word on what sort of powertrain the next-gen M5 will have, how much power it will make or how many wheels it will drive, but we’re promised something much more powerful and much more aggressive, with sharper handling and even better economy. All we know for sure is that this new BMW M5 looks fast and it will sound very good.