The first unit of the BMW M5 2024 has been hunted when performing the first road tests. At the moment a plug-in hybrid version is confirmed and it could also have a fully electric equivalent.
It is one of the most iconic and recognizable models of the German brand, as well as the longest. Descendant of a long line of sports saloons, practically disappearing, this model will arrive after the debut of the new BMW 5 Series, scheduled for 2023. This in turn will have an electric one, the BMW i5, which could also pass through the hands of BMW M for a fully electrified version. However, and before all that happens, the 2024 BMW M5 has been hunted in its first road tests, as the following images show.
The new generation of the BMW 5 Series is scheduled to arrive in a year and, 12 months later, it will be the turn of the new BMW M5. According to Car Magazine, it will be sold with two different engines: the first will be a plug-in hybrid whose thermal part could be a turbocharged V8 that will have an output of about 750 horsepower and a maximum torque of about 1,000 Newton meters.
The current M5 received 2021 a restyling and a more radical and performance version called BMW M5 CS. But the Bavarian manufacturer goes further in its plans, so much so that it already has in mind the roadmap that the new generation of the sportiest variant of the German saloon will follow, which will substantially change the current proposal.
This will not be the jewel in the crown, an honorary title that will correspond to what will be the first electric BMW M5 ever. It is not yet known if it will come from the hand of the plug-in hybrid or if, on the contrary, it will be delayed until 2025.
However, it can be anticipated that BMW wants to offer a power of 1,000 horsepower and a range of 700 kilometers. The battery is rumored to have a capacity of 135-kilowatt hours. It will include the same 800-volt architecture that the Porsche Taycan already enjoys and there will be three electric motors that will drive it. Its acceleration from 0 to 100 kilometers/hour will be less than three seconds.
It will be interesting to see how BMW cuts as much weight as possible to ensure that the dynamic behavior of this electric M5 lives up to what is expected, and it is worth remembering that the Bavarian manufacturer assured not long ago that it would not launch an M vehicle of batteries until they were sure it could offer more in all respects than a thermal one.