German magazine Sport Auto got its hands on the upcoming BMW M5 CS before it’s even been officially confirmed by BMW.
The car wears camouflage in a bid to hide aerodynamic and cooling tweaks, including a new lip on the front spoiler and a small kicked-up rear wing, but a video made by the magazine at the Hockenheim Grand Prix circuit in Germany still reveals plenty.
A peek inside shows unique hard-backed front bucket seats with striking red leather accents and Nürburgring maps embossed in the headrests, while Sport Auto also sets out the car’s key stats. The 4.4-liter, biturbo V-8 is uprated to 635 hp, a modest 10 hp over the M5 Competition, while the torque rating in unchanged at 553 lb-ft.
For this test the car rode on Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires on 20-inch alloys, but even stickier Michelin Pilot Cup 2 tires are also expected to offered. No doubt, they’ll be fitted for the inevitable attempt to knock the Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S off the top of Nürburgring leaderboard. In the meantime, the cold conditions at Hockenheim saw the M5 CS complete its lap in 1:53.6, which bests some serious speed machines including the C8 Corvette and the Audi R8 V10 RWD.