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NEXT M-BADGED BMW: BMW could reveal its new M5 at the 2016 Geneva auto show. Image: Automedia

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2016 BMW M5 (Spy)

2015-06-30 08:02

BMW's designers will probably take an evolutionary route with its next-generation 5 Series set to be revealed in 2016.

BERLIN, Germany - BMW's designers will probably take an evolutionary route with its sixth-generation 5 Series.

Spy photographers captured images of BMW’s next M-badged flagship at the automaker’s Nürburgring test centre.

For the first time in its history, the M5 will receive an optional xDrive all-wheel drive system.

NEW M-BADGED FLAGSHIP

Rear-wheel drive will be standard and power should be derived from the same twin-turbo V8 4.4-litre engine from the outgoing 466kW model.

IMAGE GALLERY: 2016 BMW M5 (Spy)

All that power will come in a significantly lighter package as the new 5 Series is expected to shed about 100kg as a result of making the switch to the new '35up' platform debuted on the new 7 Series.

For its next-generation M5, BMW might bring back the M5 Touring to tackle the Audi RS6 Avant, Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Estate and other fast estates.

Automedia reports the new BMW M5 could be revealed at the 2016  Geneva auto show or Auto China 2016 in Beijing, with a possible launch in 2017.

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