With the Touring version of the (G30) BMW 5 Series launched recently, BMW or rather their M division, now shifts its focus toward the range-topping M5 super-saloon, internally codenamed the F90.
BMW Blog has spotted the next-generation M5 road testing in the California under heavy camouflage. This is the among the few times Munich’s super-saloon has been spotted testing outside the famed Nurburgring circuit, perhaps hinting development is at an advanced stage.
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The next-generation M5 will be the first non-SUV M car to be fitted with the firm’s all-wheel drive technology, and for the first time in its storied history, the F90 will not be offered with a manual option.
Power is derived from a 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged V8, also found in the 550i, and is rumoured to produce circa 600bhp. The engine will be paired with an eight-speed conventional automatic transmission, as opposed to the dual-clutch (M DCT) transmission fitted on the current model. Expect a 0-100km/h time in the region of 3.6 seconds for the (F90) M5.