A report today by Autobild makes a short yet powerful reference to a future quad-turbocharged engine that will be available in the next generation BMW 5 Series.
The German magazine reports that the current N57S engine found in the M550d model could be replaced by a quad-turbocharged unit. The new powerplant would deliver 408 horsepower and 750 Nm (553 lb-ft) of torque. The 3.0 liter six-cylinder engine would be the first of its kind.
The sixth-generation G30 BMW 5 Series will come to market in summer of 2016. The second 5 Series Gran Turismo will debut in the spring of the same year, followed by the Touring model in the fall.
All these models are built on an all-new high-tech platform called “35up.” The nomenclature designates all the models from the 3 Series all the way up to 7 Series and it’s both a rear-wheel drive and xDrive platform. The platform mixes high-strength steel, aluminium and carbon fiber to drop around 100 kg from today’s 5 Series.
The next M5 will also go through a weight lost program and is expected to shed nearly 180 kg while the power output will be raised to close to 600 horsepower. Despite recent rumors that an xDrive is not planned for the next M5, sources told CAR Magazine that an all-wheel drive M5 is possible.
Lots of new tech goes into the G30 5 Series, starting with self lateral parking and automated lane changing with overtaking. It’ll use radar-based cruise control to stay in its lane, detect a car ahead, and signal before pulling out and passing the car in front.