BMW M5 spotted underway to final electrification
Bad news for purists: the next-gen BMW M5 is going to be at least hybridized. Granted, the writing has been on the wall for a while, but the latest spy shots put any remaining doubts to rest.
Notice the charging port in front and the Hybrid Test Vehicle sticker. The car is marked as a PHEV, which prompts the obvious question of, will the V8 remain available or will it be ditched? Markus Flasch, ex-BMW M CEO, gave an answer to this question last November.
Speaking in an interview, he said the engineering department was still looking for ways to make the six- and eight-cylinder BMW engines compatible with the environmental standards of today. The Bavarian company wanted to keep both engines on the lineup until 2030.
To us, this means that the M5 PHEV has a good shot at getting a V8 for main engine. The powertrain itself may be borrowed from the XM SUV that just debuted – that one is guaranteed to run on a V8 thanks to its ‘performance car’ status.
Editor Andrew Raspopov