As the internet grows more connected than ever, carmakers find themselves trying to keep their upcoming models under wraps increasingly challenging. Another vehicle to be stripped naked and put on display for the entire world to see ahead of its official debut is the BMW G30 M5.
A series of undisguised images of the new M5 was uploaded to a Korean-based YouTube channel Return. From the snippets, the model displayed is unmistakeably the G30 M5 from the obvious M5 badges at the kidney grille, front fenders and rear trunk. Visually, the M5 wears a more aggressive front and rear bumper, but looks somewhat tamed when parked next to the M-Performance.
It appears that the M5 loses the bumper integrated LED fog lamps in favour of larger scoops presumably to channel more air into the engine bay. The wing mirror housings now dittos the ones on the M3 and M4. At the rear, the M5’s iconic quad-tailpipes are retained and are handsomely tucked into both ends of the bumper with diffuser. A little duck tail spoiler can also be seen. Curiously, the xDrive badge denoting all-wheel drive beemers are nowhere to be found.
As for the wheels, they are 20-inch multi-spoke diamond cut items wrapped in 275/35 profile at the front but with the limited information at hand, we can’t tell what’s on the rear axles. However, the gold brake calipers are a very nice touch.
Inside, the M5 gets the same kit as the regular 5-er with additional bits such as the M gear leaver, three-spoke M steering wheel with paddle shifters, carbon fibre trimmings, M5-specific bucket seats and M5-specific iDrive menu.
Motivating the most hardcore 5 Series is a 4.4-litre bi-turbo V8 lump that will outdo the previous generation F10 M5 Competition in terms of performance. Expect the M5’s powerplant to best the M550i xDrive’s output of 462 hp/650 Nm and 4.0 seconds century sprint time. Like the M550i xDrive, the new M5 will be equipped with an eight-speed automatic and all-wheel drive (rear bias).
The new BMW G30 M5 is scheduled to debut next week while on the local front, BMW Malaysia has only one variant of the G30 5 Series on sale, the 530i M Sport for RM398,800. With the Mercedes-AMG E43 (though the E63 is the M5’s direct competitor) officially on sale here, perhaps BMW Malaysia could consider bringing in the M5 and slay the high-performance business saloon segment.