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2024 BMW M5 hybrid spied

The next BMW M5 super sedan will gain hybrid power, and will sit alongside an electric i5 in the range.

Scott Collie
Scott Collie
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The biggest, baddest BMW sedan is about to go hybrid.

The 2024 BMW M5 has been snapped during testing, wearing a yellow sticker on its rear window indicating it’s a hybrid.

Given BMW has confirmed the upcoming M2 will be the last new M car with no electric assistance for its petrol engine, the fact the next M5 will be a hybrid isn’t too much of a surprise.

Power is expected to come from a version of the plug-in hybrid setup that will debut in the XM SUV.

It combines a new V8 engine with an electric motor to punch out a combined 480kW of power and 800Nm of torque. Claimed electric-only range on the WLTP test cycle is 80km.

The XM has a hybrid-specific M xDrive all-wheel drive system which includes an electronic rear differential lock in the rear axle transmission.

It also features an active anti-roll system, although it’s not clear if the lower-riding M5 will require the same tech.

Our previous spy photos have revealed the cabin of the next 5er will feature a dual-screen setup behind the wheel, like the i4 and iX.

Both cars use a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 14.9-inch touchscreen infotainment display situated in a wraparound housing.

The next BMW 5 Series will share its platform and basic design with the i5 electric car.

The latter will compete against the Tesla Model S and upcoming Audi A6 e-tron and Mercedes-Benz EQE sedans.

The current-generation BMW 5 Series has been on sale since 2016 and was facelifted in 2020.

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Scott Collie
Scott Collie

Scott Collie is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Scott studied journalism at RMIT University and, after a lifelong obsession with everything automotive, started covering the car industry shortly afterwards. He has a passion for travel, and is an avid Melbourne Demons supporter.

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