Rumor: Next generation 2016 BMW 550i to drop V8 for a six-cylinder

Rumors | March 13th, 2015 by 33
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the new 2016 BMW 550i, the top model sitting below the M5, will drop the current 4.4 liter V8 TwinTurbo in favor to an inline six-cylinder.

Today’s AutoBild talks about the next generation 2016 BMW 5 Series and while most of the details have been published by us as well, one manages to take us by surprise. According to the German outlet, the new 2016 BMW 550i, the top model sitting below the M5, will drop the current 4.4 liter V8 TwinTurbo in favor to an inline six-cylinder. It’s worth nothing that this is just a rumor for now which we have not been able to confirm with another source.

The magazine doesn’t go into the details around this new engine, but the first one that pops to mind is the S55 3.0 liter TwinPower Turbo found in the new M3 and M4. The engine currently produces 425 horsepower, but it is capable to output more ponies if needed. The rumored M4 GTS could produce around 470 horsepower, so the new 550i could be tuned to a similar level.

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BMW’s design team also aims to build upon the F10 5 Series design, which is considered to be a success for the company. The new 5er will feature a larger kidney grille, a more upright front end, redesigned air intakes, new door handles, a modified form of the exterior mirrors and a coupe-like rear.

One of the most exciting things about the 2016 5 Series is the weight loss. The new sedan could drop as much as 100 kg thanks to a new technology platform hat integrates aluminum, carbon fiber and magnesium in a single package.

Codename G30, the sixth generation of BMW’s executive sedan arrives in summer 2016. It will be offered in a Gran Turismo and Sports Wagon bodystyle as well.

33 responses to “Rumor: Next generation 2016 BMW 550i to drop V8 for a six-cylinder”

  1. mckillio says:

    The M3 is rated at 17/26mpg and the 550 is listed at 17/25. Even with the weight loss, the 5 will not be lighter than the M3, so I don’t see how this can be much of an improvement. In addition, I would imagine the V8 has higher margins than the S55 but that’s just a guess. A high output B58 I6 might do the trick though.

  2. Icebreaker says:


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  4. Icebreaker says:

    If this is true i am no longer a hardcore BMW fan I give up. i see BMW as big sport luxury cars not f*cking eco sh*t

    • Horatiu B. says:

      Let’s wait and see. Still a rumor for now

    • dk85 says:

      BMW is famous for their inline 6’s, not their V-8’s. This is going back to their roots, not moving further away

      • cstraley says:

        I have owned 2 turbocharged inline BMW sixes and imo they will not pull off what the V8 currently does with respect to effortless acceleration. You can make the six scream but it will have to in order to attempt to emulate the V8 in this fairly heavy vehicle. The 200 pound weight loss they are talking about wont compensate.

        I do love the straight six but in smaller vehicles.

  5. Dereklsj says:

    I’ve been following all the changes BMW has been making to their line-up and most are just OK. This rates on the ridiculous! It’s a large sedan/saloon and needs a proper V8! I can see the 3/4 Series going with an inline six, but no way on this 5 series. The engine will be working overtime mostly if you want any performance and that will suck just as much gas. I also think it will wear things out faster as byproduct of having a smaller, less capable engine. I’m starting to lose some faith in what they’re changing. The only thing I can think of is that they’re trying to distance the 550 and the M5 from each other performance wise.

    • James says:

      They can do that by creating dedicated engines for the M5 and 550 like they do for the current M3 and the upcoming 340i. The b58 might be a twin turbo, but it won’t be designed the same and be able to produce the same numbers as the s55 in the m3.

      But trying to differentiate the two by making the m5 a v8 and the 550 a 6 makes the 540(upcoming) and 550 too similar. The whole point of having a 550i is the v8.

      Imagine if the 750 got a 6 cylinder? People will flock to mercedes for the s550 (they already do though)

  6. James says:

    If this happens and the 50i models turn to 6 cylinders, then long live BMW. I wish you the best, I won’t be sticking around to watch the 340 turn into a 4 cylinder, the 330 become a 3 cylinder, and the 320 become a 2 cylinder Eco turbo.

    Turning a 50i model into a 6 cylinder defeats the purpose of having a 40i model. Why spend 10k+ More for a 50i when you can save that and buy a chip from burgertuning and produce the same numbers?

    The 50i needs to stay a v8.

  7. Ben says:

    550i has to go. BMW needs a M performance model. So, either a M540i or M550i to compete with Audi S6, But of course BMW is stubborn.

  8. bandile says:

    You know, each time BMW/Rumours brings out disappointing news like this whether they are true or untrue I lose a bit of faith because i see them failing slowly, its just ridiculous to even think about a 550i V6 that’s very close to implementing an M5 V6. I see what they trying to do the same thing the Japanese did, put a V6 on the current Skyline GT which is faster than the M5. I still think its a stupid decision if BMW would approve it.

  9. Behzad says:

    No More V8 ??? No More BMW …..

    Job Done !

  10. Behzad says:

    BMW is Supposed To Be A High Performance High End Luxury/Sports Auto Maker Not Some Eco , Polar Bear Loving Gay-Ass S**t !!! It Says The Ultimate Driving Machine for God Sake !!!

    And By The Way I Don’t Know Who’s Doing The Designing in bmw these days But that Car Looks Terrible , They Haven’t made a Single Good Looking 5 series since the 2010 and E60 !!!

  11. viper says:

    how about a 7 cylinder bmw? 6 sounds so 3 series and V8 for high end 5er , if you really must downsize , why not downsize V8 from 4.4 to 4.0? would that do the trick?..nobody has these absolute horror rumors as bmw.

    • Behzad says:

      Engines with odd number of cylinders are naturally imbalanced and hard to make , they have to do a lot of stuff and spend extra money to make them balanced and smooth and they simply lack many of the advantages of V-Shaped engines by nature ….

      it would be cheaper to make a big V8 than a 7 cylinder that actually works almost as good as v8…. that’s why there are so few of these…..

      • orojeklo says:

        Yes, polar bears are more important than your fcking interests.

        • Behzad says:

          Definition of Environmentalists by Urban Dictionary………


          A person who lives in a nice timber and stone house filled with wooden
          furniture, who advocates a total ban on cutting trees and mining. This
          person is inevitably a city-dweller, but acts as if he knows what is
          best for people in rural environments, especially those dependent on
          timber cutting or mining. This makes an environmentalist as popular as a
          turd in the punch bowl in rural places. An environmentalist uses liberal judges sitting in courts of law, rather than the legislative process, to shove his plans down everyone else’s throat.

          Recently, some environmentalists have recognized that they do not
          appeal to rank and file citizens of the USA. This is good news.

          Compare an environmentalist with a conservationist, a person who
          wants to protect natural resources without trampling on everyone else’s
          property rights. Typical conservationists are hunters, fishermen,
          campers, and hikers.

          Environmentalists recommend turning grizzly bears loose in populated
          areas of Colorado. They do not advocate turning grizzly bears loose in
          populated areas of Massachusetts. “Not in MY back yard, they say.”

        • Behzad says:

          Nothing in the World is as useless as an environmentalist ! We motorists are also concerned about the future of our birthplace and we seem to be the only ones who ACTUALLY DO SOMETHING USEFUL ABOUT IT !!!

          Environmentalists are just a bunch of 5-Star Uneducated Uncivilized Anti Society TURDs who just want attention and to fulfill their need to feel like they’re some important part of the world who are doing some very useful things and telling everybody what’s good for them ……

          they’re the same as the hippies and as soon as the environmental problems gets fixed they’ll find a new subject to start whole new Campaign of Total Douchery !!!

  12. Gangstaliscious says:

    anyone know when they come out? i want to get a bmw not sure if i should try & wait for this years model or not

  13. Kaisuke971 says:

    I’m actually pretty surprised this isn’t the case yet.

  14. cstraley says:

    The bean counters are now in charge; it seems.

  15. Freeway says:

    I doubt this is true. The new 750i just launched with the carry over 4.4L V8. There’s still a market for the V8 here in the US at least.

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