SPIED! BMW 5 SERIES TESTING ON PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY

Will the new BMW 5 Series be as subdued without the camo?

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While driving on Pacific Coast Highway, our team caught a camouflaged BMW 5 Series out testing alongside a rebadged 7 Series “Hybrid Test Vehicle.” The sighting prompted our very own senior features editor Jonny Lieberman to take a few quick snaps from the passenger seat.

Luckily, our team was in Motor Trend‘s long-term Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, making it nearly impossible for the BMWs to outrun us. “After a mile or so, we got around the hybrid and used many of the Hellcat’s 707 horses to catch the disguised 5. Thank heavens for red lights,” Lieberman said. The car was noticeably larger than the BMW 3 Series and smaller than the 7 Series trailing it, giving us no doubt that what we saw was indeed the new 2017 BMW 5 Series.

We’ve previously caught the prototype out testing, sporting the M Sport package. The most notable change from the outgoing model was a bigger, more aggressive front bumper. However, it was caught testing alongside the standard 5 Series that featured a more subdued lower grille compared to the M Sport model. The 5 Series prototype also featured a more subtle character line cutting through the door handles.

This time around, we see a little less of the headlights and taillights, as they’re almost completely camouflaged, where previous spy shots showed headlights that appear on the current 5 series. The subdued characteristics of the previous spy shots can be seen in the new set of photos as well, but those features may offer a sharper, more aggressive appearance when the camouflage comes off. We still expect power to come from a turbo-four for the base model, with a revised turbo-six for higher models in the lineup.