BMW M5 to lose V10 for turbo V8

BMW M5 to lose V10 for turbo V8

BMW M5 fq dyn

The straight six-cylinder in the first BMW M5 supersedans was silky smooth and had some power, but it was getting a bit old, so it had to go. It was replaced by the 400 hp V8 in the E39, then later with the fire-breathing V10 in the current M5 that pushed horsepower to a high new level. That engine remains a total powerhouse, but with CO2 concerns, fuel economy standards and the fact that the V10 isn’t available in almost anything else in BMW’s lineup makes it likely that the next-gen M5 will probably come motivated by a V8 instead. If a strong V8 works for the Audi RS6 and Cadillac CTS-V, perhaps it’s good enough for the BMW M5, too.

There has been speculation about a V8 M5 as far back as May, 2008, and more recent rumours that it was going to be a twin-turbo V10 instead, but now reports are leaking from BMW reps that a V8 will be the engine of choice for the next M5 although no one is sure which V8. Most likely, it will be the 4.4-litre turbocharged V8 that first appeared in the X5M and X6M. With 555 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque, it’s consistent with other supersedan outputs. That new powerplant will occupy a new house as well, with the all-new 5-Series just months away. Ultimately six just wasn’t enough, ten was too much and eight is probably just right.

BMW M5 fq dyn

The straight six-cylinder in the first BMW M5 supersedans was silky smooth and had some power, but it was getting a bit old, so it had to go. It was replaced by the 400 hp V8 in the E39, then later with the fire-breathing V10 in the current M5 that pushed horsepower to a high new level. That engine remains a total powerhouse, but with CO2 concerns, fuel economy standards and the fact that the V10 isn’t available in almost anything else in BMW’s lineup makes it likely that the next-gen M5 will probably come motivated by a V8 instead. If a strong V8 works for the Audi RS6 and Cadillac CTS-V, perhaps it’s good enough for the BMW M5, too.

There has been speculation about a V8 M5 as far back as May, 2008, and more recent rumours that it was going to be a twin-turbo V10 instead, but now reports are leaking from BMW reps that a V8 will be the engine of choice for the next M5 although no one is sure which V8. Most likely, it will be the 4.4-litre turbocharged V8 that first appeared in the X5M and X6M. With 555 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque, it’s consistent with other supersedan outputs. That new powerplant will occupy a new house as well, with the all-new 5-Series just months away. Ultimately six just wasn’t enough, ten was too much and eight is probably just right.

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