Spied! The next-gen BMW M5 may be the most powerful one yet

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These photos show it’s a hybrid, and speculation suggests, paired with a V8, the powertrain could make 750 hp

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Most people would be content with their car boasting 500 horsepower. Not enough? Some 600 horses would surely do you, right? Well, the 2022 BMW M5 CS (Competition Sport) churns out of its V8 some 627 ponies, just in case you wanted to try keeping up with those wild Dodge boys and their Brampton, Ontario-built 707-hp Chargers.

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What? Still not enough for you? You really want to embarrass those Hellcats, don’t you ? Well, what if said V8 was aided and abetted by a pair of electric motors?

Last year, BMW M’s CEO, Markus Flasch, told us the next-gen M5 super-sedan would come in a plug-in hybrid trim, and spy photos obtained by Driving mid-January 2022 – of a camouflaged BMW sedan we’re nearly certain is that upcoming car – bear this out.

The four-door Q-ship prototype captured in these images wears a hybrid test vehicle sticker, see, and looks a lot like the future G60-generation 5 Series we expect to be fully revealed in 2023. British magazine CAR suggests the M5 variant will bow shortly after, in 2024, rocking some 750 horsepower and 735 lb-ft of torque courtesy eight cylinder and some electric assistance.

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Satisfied yet? If true, that would make the car you’re looking at here the most powerful production BMW ever, at least until its XM sport-utility sibling – expected to see the same powertrain underneath – makes its debut.

Outside of its gas-battery propulsion, these spy shots don’t give away a whole lot about the 2024 M5, though rumours include it coming kitted out with a one-piece BMW Curved Display screen, linking gauges and centre infotainment; BMW iDrive 8.0; and at least Level 2 autonomous driving, so you can take your hands off the wheel on the highway.

When we firm up any more of that, we’ll let you know. In the meantime, you’ll have to do make do with your measly 627 horses. Sorry.

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