We heard through the grapevine that the upcoming F90 BMW M5 will be a monster on the track, but also in straight line. According to some people familiar with the new super sports sedan, the F90 M5 will run from standstill to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.5 – 3.6 seconds, significantly faster than the current F10 M5 which runs the same sprint in 4.2 seconds.

Since the new M5 will come with an all-wheel drive setup as well and an M DCT, we’re assuming that the quoted figures are for a car equipped with those two features. The numbers are impressive, but not so surprising considering the G30 M550i xDrive sedan which does the standard sprint in 4.0 seconds flat.

The power sedan is powered by a further developed V8-Biturbo with a displacement of 4.4 liters, which is expected to press almost 600 hp on the crankshaft. Later variants – such as the BMW M5 CS – will continue to turn the power screw and underpin the special BMW M5 as a sports car in the business dress.

The rumormill also churns out that the new M5 will give the ability to change from all-wheel drive to rear wheel drive at the push of a button. Depending on the driving mode, the driver can decide for himself whether he wants to use the power of the V8 TwinTurbo on all four wheels or would rather feel the full power on the rear axle.

The all-wheel drive naturally offers great traction advantages on slippery ground, which is significantly important to customers in the alpine regions and the North American Snow Belt. 

BMW will unveil the new F90 M5 towards the end of this year, followed by a market launch in early 2018.