The New BMW M5 is Much Heavier But Massively Powerful

Chris Teague
by Chris Teague

The BMW M5 has a long and storied history as one of the best sports sedans on the market, but the car we have today is nothing like the one seen in earlier model years. BMW is gearing up for the release of an all-new M5 in 2025, and the car will arrive with a plug-in hybrid powertrain for the first time. Oh, and it’s also 1,000 pounds heavier than the last iteration.

The 2025 M5 weighs 5,390 pounds, more than a 2022 Chevy Tahoe, a 2024 Lucid Air Sapphire, and a new Range Rover Sport. It’s also almost 1,600 pounds heavier than the iconic E39-generation M5, which set the bar higher for four-door sports cars worldwide.

BMW promises that the extra heft won’t impact the car’s performance. Like its predecessor, the new M5 gets a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8, but the addition of the plug-in hybrid powertrain pushes output to 717 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque. That combination is good for a 0-60 mph time of just 3.4 seconds and a 190-mph top speed. Power hits all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission, and BMW fits an Active M Differential to maximize traction.

Though the automaker made the M5 heavier and more complicated, it at least gave the car less polarizing styling than it did with other M models. It lacks the oversized “beaver-tooth” grille seen on the M3 and M4 and is otherwise a fairly standard-looking car.

[Images: BMW]

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Chris Teague
Chris Teague

Chris grew up in, under, and around cars, but took the long way around to becoming an automotive writer. After a career in technology consulting and a trip through business school, Chris began writing about the automotive industry as a way to reconnect with his passion and get behind the wheel of a new car every week. He focuses on taking complex industry stories and making them digestible by any reader. Just don’t expect him to stay away from high-mileage Porsches.

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  • FreedMike Not much to look at, but these were sweet to drive.
  • EBFlex Ford finally making a good decision although they should shut down their EV operations and investment all together. Why lose that money too?
  • Mike Lol. This is the king of suvs. And its made by GM.Why is everyone trashing it?Top of its its class for a quarter century.
  • Frank Drove past there last week, plant has a huge poster of a bronco on the outside. I was thinking "Is that where they build the new broncos?" I know they use to make the Edge and that other mundane SUV there but I believe both have been canned.
  • CanadaCraig Toyota saw this coming. So good for them for being courageous enough to say, "Wait a minute. Let's not rush into anything."