According to unnamed company sources cited by BMWBLOG, the Bavarian automaker is preparing to shoehorn in the newer 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 revealed for the flagship coupe into the mid-size sedan. To the current M550i’s 456 hp (340 kW) and 480 lb-ft (650 Nm) of torque, the M850i boasts 523 hp (390 kW) and 553 lb-ft (750 Nm).
If the report proves accurate, that would net a substantial increase of 67 hp (50 kW) and 73 lb-ft (100 Nm), and would undoubtedly unleash even more performance in the performance sedan. Expect the 0-62 mph (100 km/h) sprint to drop by a few tenths from its currently quoted 4.0 seconds as a result, bringing it even closer to the M5 with its 592 hp (441 kW), 553 lb-ft (750 Nm) of torque, and 3.4-second 0-62 mph (100 km/h) sprint.
BMWBLOG projects that the change will take effect towards the end of next year. But what’s more is that the 5 Series won’t be the only model to get the new engine. So too, reportedly, will the new BMW X5 just released, which will be rebadge the xDrive50i model as the X5 M50i. And the forthcoming next-gen X6 and the all-new X7 are expected to get that same engine (and badge) too. All of which bodes well for BMW’s thankfully growing M Performance lineup, which already includes models like the M140i hatchback, M240i coupe/convertible, M760Li sedan, and X3 M40i, X4 M40i, X5 M50d, and X6 M50d crossovers.