A 600hp M5 and a three-cylinder engine?! You betcha.
Get ready for a new BMW 5 Series unlike any previous model. According to the latest intel, the next gen model, codenamed G30, will offer quite a range of engines. Let’s start off with the best news: the next M5 will, as predicted, offer optional all-wheel-drive. Power will come from an updated version of the current 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8, this time making a ridiculous 600 hp. Riding on a new rear-wheel-drive platform composed of high-strength steel, aluminum and carbon fiber, weight on the standard 5 Series will be down by around 176 pounds.
The new M5 will lose nearly 400 pounds compared to the current car. That’s nuts when combined with that aforementioned output. But where this also gets interesting is the fact that, along with the familiar inline-six, BMW will offer a 1.5-liter three-cylinder turbo diesel engine for the entry-level 518d. Output is said to be around 150 hp, but it’ll return about 72 mpg. No word yet whether this engine will come stateside but in Europe (well, except France) it’s a given. Basically, BMW wants the new 5 Series to offer a range of three-, four-, and six-cylinder offerings, with 60 percent common parts. Literally something for everyone.
Hybrid options will also be available as well as a plug-in hybrid that "lowers its charge adapter to a garage floor-mounted plate for inductive charging." There’ll also be plenty of high-tech features such as self-parking along with the ability to change lanes and overtake other vehicles thanks to radar-based cruise control. Along with the sedan, a wagon will be offered in Europe and yes, a new Gran Turismo is planned. Expect an official debut to likely happen next September at Frankfurt.