With the new mid-size model range now almost ready for its grand unveiling, more production elements are being added and little bits of disguise are being removed. For the first time, we can see the new car's headlights and tail-lights in operation.
In these latest photos of the M5, we can see its decidedly larger rear wheel and tyre combo. Also visible are the M5's cross-drilled disc brakes at the both ends.
The rumour mill suggests that the new M5 will have around 450kW of power at its disposal. While the current car is available with a six-speed manual in the US, a dual-clutch transmission will be the new car's only gearbox option.
Carsten Pries, head of product management at BMW M, told CarAdvice last year that an all-wheel drive version of the new M5 is a possibility.
The current M5 Competition Package has a 423kW/680Nm 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8. With a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, it's capable of a 0-100km/h time of 4.2 seconds.
Under the skin, both the high performance M5 and the more plebeian variants, such as the wagon seen here, will use the company's Carbon Core architecture.
First seen underneath the latest 7 Series, the flexible platform employs a range of lightweight materials, such as high-strength steel, aluminium and carbonfibre. The new generation 5 Series is expected to shed around 100 kilograms compared to today's car
If industry talk is correct, some markets will see the new 5 Series offered with three-, four-, six-, and eight-cylinder options under the bonnet.
The new BMW 5 Series is expected to debut in the second half of the year. If BMW follows the luxury car maker play book, the M5 should make its official debut in 2017.