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.
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.