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Unveiling the 2025 BMW M5: A Hybrid Powerhouse

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The 2025 BMW M5 sedan is finally here, complete with a charging port. Some of you might have thought you’d never see the day when one of the most powerful high-performance sedans on the planet would go hybrid. Yet, here we are. We know this development will spark debate, but one thing is certain: the hybrid powertrain makes the 2025 BMW M5 the most powerful M5 ever. It’s just the facts.

Powered by a V-8

The previous BMW M5 featured a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine, and the new 2025 model retains this powerhouse. While we often see combustion engines downsized when hybridized, in this case, the hybrid system only adds power.

The 2025 BMW M5 houses the same S68B44T0 engine found in current BMW models with a V-8. In the new M5, it delivers 577 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque, with a redline at 7,200 rpm.

The rest of the M5’s power comes from its M Hybrid system, featuring a permanently excited synchronous electric motor integrated into the eight-speed transmission. This motor provides 192 horsepower and 207 lb-ft of torque, which can be boosted to 332 lb-ft through a patented pre-gearing process. This setup is similar to the one in the BMW XM performance SUV.

The electric motor is powered by a 14.8-kWh battery pack, managed by BMW’s Combined Charging Unit, which controls power distribution to the motor and battery charging. It also supplies power to the 12-volt system and optimizes the battery pack’s temperature based on various factors like ambient temperature and predicted charging power.

With a full charge, the M5 offers about 25 miles of all-electric range, just enough for quiet neighborhood trips or navigating EV-only zones in European cities.

Performance and Specifications

Combined with the V-8, the hybrid system pushes the total output to 717 horsepower and 738 lb-ft of torque, propelling the 5,390-pound sedan from 0 to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds and reaching a top speed of 190 mph with the optional M Driver’s Package (155 mph without it). Power is sent to all four wheels via BMW’s M xDrive all-wheel drive and managed across the rear axle by the Active M Differential. For those who enjoy drifting, disabling the stability control enables a two-wheel-drive mode, similar to the M3 and M4.

However, the hybrid system adds significant weight, making the new M5 weigh around 5,400 pounds, about 1,100 pounds more than the 2019 model and 1,300 pounds more than the 2022 M5 CS. Despite this, the electric motor’s instant torque may help it accelerate as quickly as, or faster than, the non-hybrid version.

Design and Features

The new M5 features a massive, forward-slanting air dam, angry LED headlights, and flared kidney grills, though less so than the M3 and M4. The wheel arches are larger, making the car 3 inches wider at the front and 1.9 inches wider at the rear. It sports 20-inch front wheels and 21-inch rear wheels. The rear end, mostly a blacked-out diffuser, houses quad four-inch exhaust tips and thin taillights, with an optional carbon fiber decklid spoiler for added contrast.

Interior and Tech

Inside, the M5 is known for its luxurious, tech-filled interiors. It features two-tone leather upholstery, reclining bucket seats, a three-spoke flat-bottom steering wheel with programmable M mode buttons, and the iDrive controller for navigating BMW OS 8.5. The 2025 model offers AirConsole for casual games and streaming services like YouTube when parked.

Pricing and Availability

The 2025 BMW M5 will be available in Q4 2024 with a starting price of $120,675, a significant increase from previous models. We’ll provide a detailed review once we get our hands on it to see if it’s worth the price.

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