Last week, BMW has finally unveiled the highly-awaited G30 5 Series, the car on which the next BMW M5 will be based on. Instead of waiting a few more months for the official unveil, today, we might get the first look at the new F90 M5.
Scooped CAD renderings come from The Cammed & Tubbed Podcast who claim that the images show the new F90 M5 sent to them by an unnamed source. The images look like computer generated renderings which are often used in patents.
The front-end reveals the now usual M styling, with the large air intakes nicely sculpted into the front bumper. The lower part of the bumper is built with a thin, long air opening which likely helps with the engine cooling. The rear end shows the beefed up lines of the F90 M5, along with the typical rear diffuser.
Just like the G30 5 Series, the F90 M5 has received the harsh treatment of weight loss, thanks to the inclusion of exotic materials such as high strength steels or carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP). The current M5 F10 was already close to two tons weight, so the weight savings in this new generation are crucial for the driving dynamics of the new M5.
The new 2018 BMW M5 will be powered by the same 4.4 liter V8 TwinTurbo used by the current M5. However, BMW engineers have worked hard to evolve and optimize the M engine. The updated unit has been optimized to deliver maximum power at a wider rpm range, yet the power won’t exceed by much the 600 hp mark. We’re probably looking at a car that will do 0-60 in under 4 seconds.
BMW is expected to release the new M5 in mid-2017.