For those who can't wait for the new M5 to come.
BMWrevealed the seventh generation of the 5 Series business sedan last week and announced it will be launched on the U.S. and Canadian markets in February next year with a choice of two new gasoline engines. These are the 530i and 540i, offering 248 horsepower and 335 hp respectively.
For those who can’t wait for the new M5 to arrive, which will happen most likely at some point next year, the Bavarian company will launch a hot M550i xDrive version, set to join the range alongside the 530e iPerformance plug-in hybrid in March 2017. This high-performance sedan will be positioned just a step below the flagship M5 and will come with the familiar 4.4-litre biturbo V8 engine that we all love. In this version, it generates 462 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque.
As BMW explains, the car “will take over as the sporting highlight of the new BMW 5 Series range, for the time being at least” and will sprint from a standstill to 100 kilometres per hour (62 miles per hour) in only four seconds, making it significantly faster than the current M5 with its 4.4 seconds.
While it’s nearly 100 hp less powerful, the new M550i xDrive is expected to be slightly lighter than the M5 that is still on sale. What’s more important, it channels the power more effectively thanks to the xDrive system, while the M5 has rear-wheel drive layout.
BMW says the sporty sedan “impresses not only with its remarkable performance but also when it comes to efficiency.” The claimed average fuel consumption stands at 8.9 liters per 100 kilometres (26.4 miles per gallon) with corresponding CO2 emissions of 204 grams per kilometre. These figures were calculated according to the EU test cycle.
In Europe, the M550i xDrive will be launched in March next year, while information about the North American launch is not available at the moment.
Note: 2017 BMW 5 Series pictured in the gallery below.