As summer approaches and the weather improves, we’re not the only ones who are eager to get outside and drive -- it seems BMW’s employees share our itch, seeing as our friends at Motor Trend recently spied engineers taking the next-generation M5 sedan and M6 convertible out for a sunny drive.
The M5 spotted is essentially undisguised, wearing only small bits of tape to cover the front and rear fascias, side vents, and badging (although we can still clearly see emblems that read “M5”). Unsurprisingly, this prototype doesn’t differ much from the Concept M5 shown earlier this year at the Shanghai Motor Show. The production car wears the same aggressive front fascia, flared fenders, and subtle trunk spoiler shown on the so-called concept. It appears to also retain the M brand’s trademark quad exhaust, which will likely be plumbed to a twin-turbocharged, 4.4-liter V-8, similar to that used in both the X5 M and X6 M SUVs.
Despite the seemingly sunny weather, the driver of the M6 convertible didn’t opt to drop the folding soft top. This prototype wore a little more camouflage than its four-door cousin, allowing BMW to obscure lighting elements, the hood, and the majority of the car’s tail. We’d expect the M6 to incorporate many of the same design cues as the M5 (including the side vents and angry front fascia), but only time will tell.
The M5 will make its production debut this fall at the Frankfurt Motor Show, but the M6 won’t launch for another sixth months. Until then, scope out these pics over atMotor Trend.
Source: Motor Trend