Edmunds: “Confirmed Turbocharged V8 for 2011 BMW M5”

Rumors | September 26th, 2009 by 15

Tonight’s major headlines in the BMW community revolve around some latest information on the next generation BMW M5 published by Edmunds’ InsideLine blog. According to …

Tonight’s major headlines in the BMW community revolve around some latest information on the next generation BMW M5 published by Edmunds’ InsideLine blog. According to sources close to the respectable automotive portal, next generation BMW M5, due in 2011-2012, will have a turbocharged V8 engine.

Even though further details have been locked up in the BMW Motorsport vault, InsideLine mentions the use of the 4.4 liter engine which debuted in the BMW X5 M and X6 M earlier this year. The twin-scroll engine, with technology patented by BMW, develops 555 horsepower and 500 lb-ft of torque. It is unclear though if BMW is looking to increase the power in the sport luxury sedan.

The current powerful 5.0 liter V10 engine is being phased out in favor of turbocharged powerplants available across most of the BMW  fleet. Since the news haven’t been yet confirmed by a second source, we advise you to take this with a grain of salt. We’ve also learned in the past few months that BMW was testing two engine options in the M5, the current 4.4 liter V8 and an experimental V10 turbo engine based on the V8 with two extra cylinders added.

9855238 655x427Quoting the same source, InsideLine confirm our suspicions on a different model: a Gran Turismo version of the 3 Series will be available in 2011.

If the cat is really out of the bag, we would learn more in the upcoming weeks.

[Source: Edmunds ]

15 responses to “Edmunds: “Confirmed Turbocharged V8 for 2011 BMW M5””

  1. BmwM5Fan says:


  2. BnmM5Owner says:


  3. wazon says:

    4.4 V8 twin-turbo is great. I suppose that each driver will admire its high torgue from the lowest rev. speed. Moreover smaller engine will allow to keep brand new M5 at least on the same weight level as M5 E60 or maybe even will make it lighter. I was always under impression of BMW’s N/A engines, but, as we all can learn, currently we have charched engines era and we should be happy that BMW provides the most resposible turbo-charged engines on market.

  4. X5SoB says:

    It’s would be a shame to see the naturally aspirated V10 go away. Maybe BMW could make it an engine option in the 7 series, or stuff it into the Z4 (a Z4 M?) . Or maybe the Mini!

  5. viper says:

    Im sick and tired of 4.4 , why not make a completely new engine around 5l and make around 600hp , there should not be copy and paste here

  6. kcsnyud says:

    bmw, listen to us. I know you read our blog everyday which is good, but listen to what i say,many guys would agree, and anyway

    do the v10tt with kers! you can have a v10tt on the race trak and the v6tt at the city! this would be the same as the v8tt but with more grub for ractracks! make an option for carbon fiber trim and an option to strip down everything! then, do the same thing with the m1, and dont go against the r8, but instaed go against the murcielago!!!!!!!! plz listen to us! write it down if ya agree or disagree with me!

  7. Hantra says:

    RIP: One of the most amazing engines ever built by man.

    • kcsnyud says:

      I know seriously! Cars like this aren’t even supposed to be effeciant, just as so long as the sales arent too big, but the kers is a great idea. So why restrict themselves for the v8tt when kers ability to shut down cylinders is around?
      In this way, make the car the same or lighter, throw in a v12, and blow up 660hp!
      and ya can only have 200hp in the city!
      then with the m1, strip everything down, and put the same engine, but tweak the max output to WOOT 732hp then top speed is 245mph then merc and audi will cry like a mamas baby!!!!!!!! listne to me bmw whp agrees with me!

  8. Tibby says:

    I agree with Kcsnyud !

  9. Alan says:

    Boo.. 4.4v8tt.. :(

  10. bennie says:

    I would like to see a change in the interior of BMW’s.Why don’t they have a model that can compete with te Mercedes Mclaren?

    • John Pham says:

      They don’t have a model currently, but a similar car produced in-hand by BMW (supplying its masterpiece engine) is the Mclaren F1, a much more superior car to the Mclaren SLR; for what it has accomplished.

      Don’t forget, the Mclaren F1 was the fastest N/A car for 5+ years IIRC…the SLR, is an SLR – its nice; but it hasn’t accomplished much as it even struggles to compete with the Carrera GT. Being on top, is being on top.

  11. wazon says:

    Why BMW doesn’t have super-car, why not spend milions on brand new V10 construction for M5?

    First of all, V8 tt delivers enough power and torgue for M5 demands. Just look how great this engine work in X6M which is a way heavier than upcoming. M5 will rule for next few years. M5 with this engine will be the most advance sport saloon on market.

    Spending milions on brand new V10 tt is senseless since BMW group is in hard financial period (as almost each car maker) which will persist next few years. They have great fresh construction V8 tt, so it’s most rational to use it. Maybe, the same goes for super-car. Spending milions on it is not good idea recently. I would be much more happy to see neighter V10 in M5, nor super-car, but have independent BMW instead of these. Restrained politics from BMW is what we should currently be happy with, it allows them to be where they actually are – the only independent premium car producer. Moreover, they constantly think about future which is most vividly embodied in their efficient dynamics program. In period of increasing price of pethrol, new emission tax in Europe from 2012 and so on, effort to reduce fuel consuption and emission wihtout losing dynamics is what is needed. Fortunately, BMW performs really well in this field. If you don’t understand why efficient dynamics embraces even thinking about M5, you will understand some day if you will have to pay few thousands or more euro for M5’s competitor made in old school way.

  12. BmwM5Fan says:

    in any case ill purchase a v10 one, perhaps it will be cheaper.

  13. Tom says:

    My ONLY complaint about the E9x M3 is the lack of down-low torque, so I can’t wait for the TT M5 and M3!

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