It's not all show without the extra go as there's a power kit available.
Canada gets very little in the form of wagons, but we still admire the stuff happening across the pond. – Editor
It’s not quite the M5 Touring to take on the Mercedes-AMG E63 Estate and the Audi RS6 Avant, but the BMW 5 Series Touring loaded with M Performance goodies should be just about enough for those in need of a meaner midsize wagon from Bavaria. Introduced earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show, the array of optional upgrades includes everything from carbon fibre body add-ons and an exhaust system to larger alloy wheels and some tweaks inside the cabin.
Go for the 540i xDrive Touring model and BMW will be more than happy to throw in an optional power pack extracting an additional 34 horsepower and 37 pound-feet of torque from the straight-six 3.0-litre turbocharged engine. It delivers 360 hp and 369 lb-ft and brings along with a quicker engine response.
To match the extra muscle coming from underneath the hood, the M Performance suit also includes beefier brakes featuring red calipers to further set them apart from the regular setup. It goes without saying all of these items are also compatible with the 5 Series Sedan, which has been available already for quite some time.
If 360 hp is not enough to quench your thirst for power, there’s always the Alpina B5 Bi-Turbo with a monstrous 608 hp and 590 lb-ft in both sedan and wagon flavours. As for the M5, the xDrive-equipped machine will be out later this year and most of the juicy details have already been disclosed — including the ability to switch to a pure rear-wheel-drive mode to keep the M5 tail-happy like all of its former RWD predecessors.
The crown jewel of the 5 Series range is expected to land at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, though an online reveal could occur this summer.