G30 BMW 5 Series gets new engines, 4.4L bi-turbo V8 for the beastly M5!


The G30 BMW 5 Series is finally going in full swing since the model debuted last year. They’ve released a slew of engine options for the sedan, including some spy shots of the upcoming M5 super saloon – more on that later.

Engines that are freshly introduced to the G30 are the 520i petrol, 525d and 540d diesel engines. The petrol is the entry level choice, powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine that churns out 181 hp and 290 Nm of torque.

The 525d is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged oil burner, producing 228 hp and 500 Nm of torque. The 3.0-litre diesel motivates the 540d model, with the six-cylinder engine deploying 315 hp and 680 Nm of torque. The latter is also fitted with the xDrive all-wheel drive system, sitting right below the M550d launched recently. The xDrive is also available as an option for the 520i and 525d variants.

When it comes down to sprinting, the 525d would go from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.6 seconds while the 540d dusts that in 4.7 seconds. The 520i meanwhile manages a respectable 7.8 seconds. All variants share the same eight-speed Steptronic automatic transmission that drives the rear wheels.

Moving over to the most powerful G30 variant of the lot – the all-encompassing M5. BMW has confirmed that the 4.4-litre twin turbo petrol engine from the F10 will be carried over, as well as the eight-speed automatic transmission. It gets a slight power bump over the predecessor and will be faster than the 3.9 seconds century sprint achieved by the M5 Competition (F10).

New to the M5 is the inclusion of xDrive, with BMW saying it’s a “rear-wheel drive with a twist“. In layman terms, it combines the best of both systems. It has the agility and precision of standard rear-wheel drive system while gains the traction prowess expected from an all-wheel drive system. Notice the sideway actions seen on the images? That’s still possible thanks to M Dynamic Mode (MDM) that works in tandem with the M xDrive 4WD Sport mode.

All engine variations of the G30 BMW 5 Series can be had with the sedan and the touring (estate) models by July this year. As for the new M5, it could make its worldwide debut at the Frankfurt motor show in September before sales commence by 2018.


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Travis Chang

Travis Chang

While his day job is as exciting as a certain beige saloon, he knows a thing or two about cars and motorsports. The true definition of motoring nirvana according to him is a clear and twisty tarmac surrounded with mesmerizing vistas, followed with a track list of indie tunes on the stereo. Any cars will do fine, not so for big MPVs which he loathes...
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