The BMW 5 Series and i5 have been revealed but the missing piece of the puzzle, the BMW M5, has only been spied wearing camo. Until now, that is.

    A photo of what appears to be an undisguised next-generation BMW M5 has been posted on Instagram by user _imran_arshad.

    It reveals a prominent, split rear diffuser finished in gloss black. There are two exhaust outlets on each side, though they appear almost lost in their gaping cutouts.

    There’s a subtle lip spoiler, while the unique rear bumper retains the vertically oriented reflectors.

    Finally, there are unmistakably M wheels finished in black and wrapped in Michelin tyres.

    While you can option M Performance Parts for the regular 5 Series and i5, these feature different spoiler and diffuser designs, leaving the M5 with a unique look of its own.

    The next-generation M5 will be offered in both sedan and wagon body styles for the first time since the V10-powered E60.

    The new M5 and M5 Touring will reportedly adopt the plug-in hybrid V8 powertrain from the XM crossover, which has 550kW of power and 1000Nm of torque.

    The high-performance crossover has a claimed 88km of electric range thanks to its 25.7kWh lithium-ion battery pack.

    The current M5 uses a twin-turbocharged 4.4-litre V8 with 460kW and 750Nm in its most powerful CS guise and doesn’t offer any hybrid assistance.

    BMW M could use the XM’s 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.

    The M5’s arch-rival from Mercedes-Benz, the E63, is also set to get plug-in hybrid power in its upcoming next generation. However, it’s understood to be employing an inline six-cylinder engine.

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    William Stopford

    William Stopford is an automotive journalist based in Brisbane, Australia. William is a Business/Journalism graduate from the Queensland University of Technology who loves to travel, briefly lived in the US, and has a particular interest in the American car industry.

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