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2018 BMW M5 spotted, looks quick at Nurburgring (video)

BMW has been spotted hurling a prototype version of the next-gen M5 around the Nurburgring in Germany. And judging by the footage, the new model is going to be extremely quick.

The new M5 will be based on the recently-introduced G30 5 Series, featuring a lower-profile design language with more advanced headlights, flowing panel lines, and a more horizontally-opposed rear end and taillight theme.

For the M5, industry speculation suggests it will keep the 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 from the current model. However, M division is likely to tweak the unit to around 440kW and 750-800Nm.

From the engine is where things are expected to change drastically over the current model. There’s strong hints that power will be sent through a torque-convertor eight-speed automatic, replacing the current seven-speed dual-clutch job.

The move is apparently being considered due to the sheer torque from the engine. On a similar note, power is set to be sent to an all-wheel drive system for the first time. Say, what?

Yep, the next M5 is likely to switch from being a rear-drive sideways king to an all-wheel drive all-weather beast. As you can see in the video below, the prototype has no real drama exiting corners at speed, with no evident oversteer.

As usual, the new-gen M5 is expected to be quicker in every way compared with the outgoing model. Some of this is set to come from the 5 Series’s carbon-core platform, with the M5 potentially getting more carbon fibre in its construction than the regular 5er.

The prototype looks to be wearing a near production-ready body, which suggests BMW might unveil the car later this year. Click play below for a taste test, thanks to Automotive Mike YouTube channel.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.