With the launch of the all-new BMW 5-Series comes the inevitable question ‘when is the M5 coming’.  Until now information has been a little scarce aside from a few spots of various test mules and a CAD rendering that may or may not be the next M5.

Thankfully though Autocar has been on the case and has managed to glean a large amount of detail directly from BMW senior vice president, Hildegard Wortmann.

According to Wortmann, the new G30 series M5 will feature a fully reworked version of the current 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 motor producing around 600bhp. Also stated is that the DCT gearbox will be ditched in favor of a ZF eight-speed automatic unit. According to Autocar, this new box will feature five different programmable driving modes.

Now for the big one, the drive train setup. The new M5 will get BMW xDrive as standard with no rear wheel drive option being available. M5 fanboys may be crying at this fact, but wait, there is good news. This xDrive system will be programmed to split power between the front and rear wheels including pushing all the power to the rear wheels in M-Dynamic Mode, thus, making the front wheels for steering only while setting fire to the rears as all 600bhp rampages through the rear tires without mercy.

Wortmann also confirmed to Autocar that he has already driven the new M5 “You will see in this car where we will take the [M] brand from here. I’ve driven it on track and it’s really special. The engineers have done an excellent job. It’s outrageous.”

There you have it, the G30 M5, the end of an era or the beginning of a new one depending on your point of view………