2017 M5 is expected to be offered with an optional all-wheel-drive system for the first time.
Despite being dressed in heavy camouflage, there are several telltale signs that confirm this isn't your ordinary BMW 5 Series. Starting up front, we can see a stylish twin kidney grille and a large lower intake with mesh inserts. The sporty styling continues further back as the prototype has lightweight alloy wheels that are backed up by a high-performance braking system. If those clues aren't obvious enough, the four-tailpipe exhaust system provides a pretty strong hint that something powerful is lurking under the hood.
Speaking of the latter, the M5 is expected to have an upgraded version of the company's 4.4-liter M TwinPower Turbo V8 engine. It currently produces 560 horsepower but previous reports have suggested the new engine could develop up to 626 hp. The extra power, combined with a rumored weight reduction of up to 220 pounds, should enable the M5 to accelerate from 0-60 miles per hour in less than 4.0 seconds before hitting a limited top speed of 155 mph.
Customers who live in cold climates won't be left out either as the 2017 M5 is expected to be offered with an optional all-wheel drive system for the first time.