Spy photos have once again shown a heavily cloaked next-generation 2017 BMW M5 on the streets of Europe.
These latest shots show new details not visible the last time CarAdvice published images of the new M5 prototype, including a newly exposed large main intake at the front end.
While most details for the new M5 remain unknown, it has been reported that power will come from a modified version of the 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 engine doing service under the bonnet of the current model.
Earlier speculation pointed to the potential for BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive system to feature in the next-generation M5 early last year, BMW M product manager Carsten Pries told CarAdvice that this could indeed be a possibility.
Since then, rumours that the new M5 will be equipped with all-wheel drive (AWD) have grown. If this comes to fruition it would be the first time AWD would be on offer in any of BMW’s M sedans.
The xDrive system has been on offer across BMW’s SUV range for many years before being gradually expanding to feature in a number of its sedans as well.
It is also speculated that the new M5, like its 5 Series siblings, will be built on BMW’s lightweight and flexible ‘35up’ platform, meaning a weight loss of up to 100 kilograms could be on the cards.