It Sure Looks Like The New BMW M5 Got Leaked On The Need For Speed: Payback Cover

BMW has seemed pretty determined not to show anyone the 2018 BMW M5 until the Geneva Motor Show later this year, but it appears that someone may have forgotten to mention that to EA, who seems to have put the car right on the cover of the latest Need For Speed game.

It’s quite clear the car is not the last-gen M5, which has very different headlights, lower front air intakes, and grille shape, all things that do match with the current 5 series:


Well, except for the lower air intakes, which likely would be differentiated on the M series.

Other promo materials give an even better view of the car’s details, showing that EA does not care one pixel’s ass about BMW’s desire to keep things secret:

An accidental leak of a yet-to-be released car on a video game box hasn’t happened on this scale since 1982, when Activision accidentally released their Atari 2600 game Grand Prix with an image of the yet-to-be-unveiled 1984 Mitsubishi Colt (sold here as a Dodge Colt):


I guess this is just another one of the many uncanny ways that the new M5 is like the Mitsubishi Colt!

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