Next BMW M5 Will Reportedly Be A 750-Horsepower PHEV V8

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Next BMW M5 Will Reportedly Be A 750-Horsepower PHEV V8

But it won’t be the most powerful member of the new 5 Series family.

The next-generation BMW 5 Series is already out on the streets, albeit in camouflaged form. We spied the Bavarian sedan for the first time in July this year and we know at least a little about its overall shape and size. Not much was known about its underpinnings until now, though, but a new report shines more light on what will be hiding underneath the skin.

Autocar outlines the technologies that will be used by the next-generation model and emphasizes the fact that the new 5 Series will be heavily electrified. It will be available with either a combustion engine or a hybrid setup, while we know for a fact a fully electric model is also under development. Perhaps of greater interest for the BMW enthusiasts will be the new M5 which will reportedly rely on a plug-in hybrid powertrain.

According to Autocar, the electrified system will combine BMW’s S63 twin-turbo V8 combustion engine with an electric motor for an additional 200 horsepower (149 kilowatts). The combined output of the system could reach the 750-hp (559 kW) mark which should be enough to compensate for the added weight of the electric motor and batteries. 

Just like today, BMW is also planning a model to sit below the full-blown M5, though it might lose its V8 engine in favor of a hybridized 3.0-liter inline-six. According to Autocar, it could be an uprated version of the 545e plug-in hybrid with a power of approximately 500 hp (373 kW). The N63 twin-turbo V8 will most likely be retired as it dates back to the first-gen X6 and it will be too expensive to upgrade it to meet the upcoming Euro 7 emissions standards. For the full story, check out this article from Motor 1.

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