Next-Gen BMW 5 Series M Sport Spied Inside and Out

By Eric Weiner - Automobile Magazine

Our spy shooters snapped shots of the next BMW 5 Series out testing on public roads in Europe, this time in M Sport trim. We still can’t make out much due to the heavy camouflage, but it doesn’t look like there will be any surprises when the 2017 BMW 5 Series is finally revealed.

The general shape of the BMW 5 Series sedan won’t change too much from today’s model. Aside from new head- and taillights, slight resurfacing of body panels, and an upgraded interior, it’s likely to be more an evolution of the F10-gen 5 Series we know. The version we spotted is sure to be the M Sport, owing to its wider front air intakes, bigger wheels, and upgraded brakes.

Inside the cabin, the BMW 5 Series is also sticking to what it knows. The familiar split gauge cluster dominates the driver’s view through the opening in a sporty three-spoke steering wheel. The steering wheel is littered with buttons, some of which indicate we’ll see the 5 Series equipped with advanced active safety goodies like adaptive cruise control and the like. Next to the driver is BMW’s latest iDrive system, which looks to get a larger screen. From what we can tell, the cabin of the 5 Series will more closely resemble the sporty 3 Series than the luxurious 7 Series.

We expect to see a lot more improvements to the BMW 5 Series happening beneath the surface, though, much of it trickling down from the new 7 Series. To slash weight, we expect the BMW 5 Series to more extensively incorporate carbon fiber and aluminum, the former of which is relatively affordable thanks to research, development, and resources springing from Project i

The engine rang won't be much of a surprise. Bet on a base 1.0-liter four-cylinder making 240-250 hp, a mid-range turbosharged straight-six with roughly 350 hp, and a top-dog 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8. We've previously spied onthe new M5 testing in the snow and on the Nurburgring, and rumors are that it will soldier on with its twin-turbo V-8 and around 600 hp. All-wheel drive is also rumored, although a significant rear bias or a fully rear-wheel-drive version is still possible given how sideways we saw the M5 prototype get on the 'ring.