More good figures are posted by the M550i xDrive, also due in 2017. With 455bhp from its biturbo 4.4-litre V8 it’s good for a 0-62mph time of just 4 seconds – that’s quicker than the current M5. And the new M5? Expect another 150bhp or so on top of that and… maybe four-wheel-drive? What will the M purists say about that? It’s likely we will see the new M5 next year but don’t expect to have one on your drive before 2018.
This is the seventh-gen 5 and codenamed G30. Will G30 trip off the tongue as readily as all the others? The E12 of 1972, the E28 (’81), the E34 (’87), the E39 (’95), the E60 (’02), and the outgoing F10 of 2010. They all might have been sired out of the 1960s BMW 2000 but all seven and a half million of them in 44 years were badged with a 5 – the first BMW ‘series’ and thus daddy of the well-ordered naming strategy that today dominates most manufacturers’ ranges.
Just as influential has been the 5’s dynamic prowess through the decades, and the way the car has always managed to keep its nose in front of rivals; surely no other sedan has won more group tests than the 5 Series. Will the new version continue to be a driver’s favourite? It has a resigned chassis with some quite important changes, so there’s a bit still to know out about the new Five – watch out for the first drive verdicts soon.