With each generation, the 5 Series (and the M5 by extension) seems to wear and tear BMWThe design language is better than any other model in the range. Now, our spy photographers have captured the next-generation 2024 M5 in its production body for the first time, and compared to the German automaker’s recent M releases, it’s a breath of fresh air.

As mentioned above, this is the first time we’ve seen the new M5 without a bunch of camouflage, and while there’s still a lot left to the imagination, it’s one of the best images we’ve gotten. Unlike the M3/M4 which have very large grilles that many still can’t get used to, and new M2whose brutal design, filled with simple shapes and holes, is quite unrefined, this new M5 seems to retain some of the class of its predecessor, while retaining the aggressiveness of any good M car.

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From the front, the overall design looks somewhat similar to the recently updated 3 Series. Most importantly, though, it appears to have normal-sized kidney grilles that are thankfully wider than they are tall. Another feature that appears to be inspired by the new 3 Series is the large center console. As we saw in previous spy shotsthe trapezoidal design is almost M3-like without the coffin-style grills dividing it down the middle.

Elsewhere, the M5 features slanted, straight-sided headlights that also resemble the 3 Series’ headlights. On this car, those lights have “halo” DRLs that span the top of the headlight rather than the bottom, but due to camouflage, it’s unclear which way the DRL signature will go on the new 5er.

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Like almost every other car in the BMW lineup, the taillights have gone from an L-shape to a single line, and these in particular look like they could borrow some cues from the new 7th series. Other noteworthy elements at the rear include large quad exhaust pipes and a sculpted bumper.

Moving to the side of the car, as is customary these days, many of the car’s character traits have been smoothed out somewhat. Other small details include flush door handles, aggressive side skirts, M wing mirrors and the retention of the Hoffmeister bend. We can also see split-spoke wheels that have a similar design, if not exactly the same as the M2, M3 and M4.

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One of the biggest changes to this new M5 over the previous model is the addition of electrification. The expected powertrain option will be a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 paired with an electric motor, not unlike the setup found in XM Red Label. In this car, the system provides a total output of 738 hp. (748 hp / 550 kW) and 735 lb-ft (997 Nm), but there are reports that the M5 could deliver 790 hp. (801 hp / 589 kW). ) to all four wheels through an 8-speed automatic transmission.

​​​​​​​However, as far as we know, there is still a lot to learn about the next M5 before it arrives in 2023 as a 2024 model year car.

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