The next-generation of BMW M5 is all set to become the first M series product to go full-electric while debuting two different powertrains.
The BMW M5 has adorned the BMW portfolio since 1984. Unique to the saloon body style, it has been on the road since its first hand-built production to evolving into the exceptional beauty she is.
According to rumors, the German multinational automaker sets plans in motion towards the next-gen M5 being electrified. Joining the EV movement, BMW may apparently equip the next M5 with two different powertrain options: a Plug-In hybrid electric or a full-electric. With the exact date still unconfirmed, the M5 is believed to make its debut by 2023.
Sources reveal that BMW is working towards releasing a 25 electric vehicle lineup by 2023, including the 3-series, 5-series, 7-series, X1, iNext, and now, the M5.
The new BMW M5 will be developed using the Cluster Architecture Platform (CLAR WE), juiced up by a Gen V pouch-type battery, which comes with its own set of drawbacks. Yet, as of now, reports state that the higher cost incurred towards advancing the batteries is why there has been no plan on diverting the power core. It will be powered by three 335 hp electric motors, two placed on the rear axle working independently, and one on the front axle, producing a combined 1,000 hp.
However, the M5 has been a pure ICE variant with not even a hybrid under the name. This radical evolution is set to change that, and its set-up will successfully introduce the most potent M5 produced to date.
Aiming at 435 miles range and achieving 0-60 mph in 2.9 seconds, the electric motor’s quick high-speed acceleration is believed to give it the upper hand and might even win it the fastest in comparison to its rivals.
The Hybrid Powertrain
The Plug-In hybrid variant will receive a twin-turbo V8 engine paired with electric motors producing 750 hp approximatively. The V8 will be shared with the New X8 M SUV as well.
In addition to that, BMW has been spotted testing and working on the ‘power-BEV’ (battery electric vehicle) using a 5-series, using motors expected to run the i4 and iNext SUV powertrains.
The automaker might appear to have joined the party a bit late. Yet the multinational automaker seems to bet on their legendary handling and maneuverability to push them through.