BMW 5 Series Range to Get New V8 and Hybrid Model This Summer

5 Series, News | May 17th, 2019 by 10
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We’ve been waiting for one particular announcement from BMW for quite some time now. The introduction of the BMW M850i xDrive announced a new version of the 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 otherwise also known as N63 by fanatics. It’s one of the longest-lasting engines in the current line-up and has gone through several upgrades. Being the same mill used on the M550i, we’ve been patiently waiting for the 5 Series range to get the new version as well.

Well, it seems like that moment will come this summer. BMW just announced that the 5 Series range is getting some technical upgrades this year and the biggest announcement is the arrival of a new M550i xDrive model. In European markets, it will get the same  4.4 liter twin-turbocharged V8 from the BMW M850i, making 530 PS  (523 hp) and 750 Nm (553 lb-ft) of torque. That’s a massive increase compared to the previous iteration of the M55oi, which tapped out at 462 PS. Unfortunately, BMW didn’t provide more tech data for the M550i, such as acceleration times.

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Another big news is the upgraded BMW 530e, which will get a newer battery with more power in the same compact packaging. The all-electric range is said to be 64 kilometers now (40 miles) as the new battery now has a n upgraded capacity of 12 kWh. We’ll also get the chance to order the BMW 530e in xDrive guise in all markets starting this summer. The 5 Series Touring range will also get the Individual treatment starting this summer, while more tech will become standard.

Furthermore, so far, laser lights were not available on the 5 Series but all that will change this July, as the M550i xDrive and M550d xDrive models will be available with the latest illumination tech as an optional feature.

We think fans will be excited about the BMW M550i getting a big power upgrade. It allows buyers to have M5-levels of speed while also getting more comfort and luxury than the harder, sharper M5 provides.

10 responses to “BMW 5 Series Range to Get New V8 and Hybrid Model This Summer”

  1. Laurent says:

    May be a 545 e with the 6 cylinder one day ? I didnt buy thé actual 530 because of the only 4 cylinder…

    • maxnix says:

      530e are 20% of the 5 Series sales. My friends love their M Sport speced one and ~43 mpg is nothing to sniff at.

  2. Rev Mike, Esq. says:

    Perfect!! My X3 lease ends next September, just in time for the US models to get the new engine.

  3. maxnix says:

    I wonder with the now required OPF if the European ones will reach 530 HP? The US M550i may be the ones to have. Tighten the suspension a little and have an optional brake upgrade and it may be a blockbuster car,

  4. Tinjay For Real says:

    Drove the beast! Lovely machine. Just about enough for the average enthusiast looking for the ultimate sleeper that’ll crackle and roar. The possible dinan upgrade to 625bhp makes it even easily did 3.4 secs

    • Mike Hubbard says:

      Took delivery of my 2020 M550i two weeks ago, and love it. I did reach out to Dinan for the ETA on the S1 upgrade, and they are targeting Spring 2020 for that package. Cannot wait to have it installed to further wake up this sleeper beast. Just need to figure out the top heavy feeling suspension at some point, its a bit behind the capabilities of this car.

      • Tinjay For Real says:

        Lucky you. No one told me there would be an upgrade on the engine capacity in 2018 when I took delivery of the 2018 iteration.

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