BMW on Wednesday unveiled a new generation of its 5-Series. Just two powertrain options have been announced for the United States so far, though neither of these will be a V-8.
That doesn’t mean the new 5-Series will be without V-8 models. There will be a handful, in fact.
The first that we know about is an M550i xDrive. This is one of BMW’s M Performance models and it’s set for launch in March 2017. Unfortunately, the car is yet to be confirmed for the U.S.
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The M550i xDrive features BMW’s familiar twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8, delivering 455 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque. Those are the same numbers the engine produces in the outgoing 5-Series’ 550i and 550i xDrive models.
Thanks to the standard 8-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel-drive system, acceleration is brisk, with BMW quoting a 0-62 mph time of just 4.0 seconds.