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by Sam Rawlings

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.

In Competition Package trim, it produces 423kW of power and 680Nm of torque, with BMW’s extra-special Jahre edition offering figures of 441kW/700Nm.

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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.

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While AWD would have many practical applications, it would also allow the M5 to introduce itself as a more direct competitor to the all-wheel-drive Mercedes-AMG E63 4Matic and Audi RS6.

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.

MORE: BMW M5 news, reviews, pricing and specs




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