Video: 2024 BMW M5 Testing In Electric Mode

A new video of the upcoming 2024 BMW M5 Hybrid surfaces on Youtube today. In this video, we get to listen to electric sound of the BMW M5 Hybrid. Logic tells us that BMW will use the plug-in hybrid powertrain from the BMW XM PHEV. The 4.4 liter V8 is paired with an electric motor and can deliver up to 750 horsepower. It’s unknown whether the 2024 BMW M5 will get the same power output as the XM or slightly lower. You can also easily hear the gasoline-fueled unit when it’s fired up and it sounds rather lovely. BMW has pledged to keep the V8 alive until at least 2030, so electrifying it is the only way to comply with stringent regulations.

This is the first ever BMW M car – based on existing BMW series – which will feature a plug-in hybrid powertrain. The BMW Concept XM might be the first to arrive on the market, but it is a bespoke product and not based on an existing series model. As far as the electric range, the XM’s battery had enough energy for 80 kilometers (WLTP) or 30 miles (EPA). The M5 could have a tad better range since we expect the sedan to be slightly lighter than the SUV. We’re loosely using “lighter” here since the current M5 is already a heavy car, and its electrified replacement will add bulk. Could it weigh over 2,000 kilograms? Quite possible.

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The test mule in these photos is absolutely cloaked in camouflage, barely giving up an square inch of its actual design. There’s not only camo wrapping but tons of body panel fakery in play, here. BMW really doesn’t want anyone seeing the new M5 before it’s revealed. However, there are a couple of things we can still notice through the camo.

One of which is its seemingly sensible grille design. We now know BMW is saving the big, beaver-tooth kidneys for its ultra high-end cars, such as the 7 Series, X7, and XM. With that said, and the seemingly small-ish shape of the grilles in these photos, the BMW M5 will likely look quite normal. Its headlights seem rather swoopy. The new BMW M5, like the standard 5 Series, will also get flush door handles.

Speaking of the next BMW 5 Series, the new sedan will debut in 2023 with the electric i5, so the BMW M5 should land in 2024.

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