The BMW M5 Touring will return.
BMW M GmbH has confirmed it will introduce the long-rumored long roof in 2024, and has released some teaser images.
The high-performance M5 Touring will accompany the M5 sedan that has already begun road and track testing.
It will be the first M5 Touring since 2010 and only the third generation M5 to offer this body style, and will sit atop the new M3 Touring – the first M3 wagon.
The teaser image shows a camouflaged prototype, with a rather rakish rear door topped with a spoiler.
There are some prototype elements still on this example, including fake reflectors on the tailgate and test equipment inside.
For now, the model appears to receive a dual-circular exhaust, however this may change before the vehicle goes into production.
BMW says the new M5 range will offer a “partially electric” powertrain.
“We are now also installing hybrid drive systems with typical M performance in other high-performance cars,” says Dirk Häcker, head of development at BMW M GmbH.
The new M5 will reportedly use the plug-in hybrid V8 powertrain from the XM crossover, which has 550kW power and 1000Nm of torque. It has a claim 88km electric range thanks to a 25.7kWh lithium-ion battery pack.
The current M5 uses a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 with 460kW and 750Nm in the most powerful CS guise and does not offer any hybrid assistance.
BMW M can use the XM hybrid-specific M xDrive all-wheel drive system that includes an electronic rear differential lock in the rear axle transmission.
It also features an active anti-roll system, although it’s unclear whether the low-riding M5 will require the same technology.
The brand confirmed it had begun the “practical phase of its series development process” for the M5.
BMW M says it will begin testing the M5 Touring over the next few days on city and country roads and highways near Munich, before putting it through its paces on the Nurburgring.
The sedan, codenamed G90, is reportedly expected to enter production in July 2024, while the Touring, codenamed G99, will follow in November 2024.
By reintroducing a performance wagon of this size, BMW will once again have competition for the Audi RS6 and Mercedes-AMG E63 wagons – even though only Audis are sold here.
Based on the spy photos, the interior of the M5 is not expected to stray far from the current design and design of the 5/i5 Series, except for some specific M cues.
The interior of the 5 Series has a curved display housing a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 14.9-inch touchscreen running BMW iDrive 8.5.
BMW only offers the M5 Touring in two different generations.
It produced 891 examples of the E34 generation wagon between 1992 and 1995, and they were largely finished by hand.
The M5 Touring disappeared until the wild V10-powered E61 entered production. Only 1009 were produced and sold between 2007 and 2010.
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