BMW is set to debut its four-wheel-drive M5 at the Frankfurt motor show in September 2017, before going on sale in global markets.
The new M5 will be powered by a reworked model of the outgoing fifth generation's twin-turbocharged V8 petrol engine, delivering upwards of 600bhp, along with a standard 8-speed automatic gearbox.
The newest member of M division's lineup will compete with the new 4.0-litre, twin-turbocharged, 610bhp, V8-powered Mercedes-AMG E63 S 4Matic and the successor to today's 567bhp twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8-powered Audi RS6, which is intended for introduction in global markets in 2018.
Senior BMW officials define the new M5 as not only the most powerful and fastest accelerating one but also the most dynamically competent and technically advanced M5 yet.
BMW says that the model would be as relevant as the latest 7-series in describing the next generation of performance models. Just like the BMW 7-series which has set the agenda for future driverless technology, the new M5 would personify the next generation of M-branded cars.
The new M5 will feature a re-engineered body structure with some weight-saving measures, including prominent use of aluminium and hot-formed high-strength steel along with carbon fibre for the roof and boot lid.
The new BMW M5 is claimed to weigh close to the 1,870kg of its predecessor despite a modest increase in its exterior dimensions and the addition of the four-wheel-drive hardware.
Design wise; the new M5 is set apart from other current 5-series models by extensively restyled bumpers, and an altered kidney grille design. Also, wider front wings with chromed vent elements behind the front wheel arches to remove hot air from the engine bay, along with M-specific mirror housings, a prominent rear diffuser element, wider sills, and BMW's signature quad chromed tailpipes.
Until the new BMW M5 arrives, the M550i xDrive stands as the 5's range-topping machine. Below is an extensive photo gallery of the sedan, click to view.