2020 BMW 5-Series Is Getting A Massive Power Upgrade

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, Automotive Editor - May 20, 2019

The BMW M5 better watch out.

What do you do when an automaker hinges its brand on a blend of performance and luxury? You get insane luxury sedans that produce supercar levels of power while cradling passengers in the finest leathers. BMW has two such luxe sedans — the BMW M550i xDrive and the legendary M5. Over the years, the gap between the two has narrowed, making the M5’s nearly $30,000 price premium challenging to swallow. However, a new report from CarBuzz confirms the M550i will be nipping at the M5’s heels with an upgraded engine.

CarBuzz has confirmed the 2020 BMW 5-Series will receive the newer version of the company’s N63 engine that currently powers the new 8-Series. The N63 in the current M550i — a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 — makes 455 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque. The updated N63 will produce 523 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque.

For comparison, the M5 makes 600 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque. Slipping the updated 8-Series engine into the 2020 5-Series closes the power gap considerably. The only difference between the two would be the M550i making 77 horsepower less than the M5 while matching torque.

BMW 5-Series

The upgraded engine would put it ahead of its direct competitors, too. The Audi S6 makes 450 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque from its twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter engine. The new engine would put the BMW ahead of the performance-oriented Mercedes-Benz AMG C63, which can produce up to 503 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. However, the AMG E63 still retains a clear lead, making 603 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque from its twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8.

The 2020 5-Series’ new engine puts it well within reach of the significantly more expensive M5. The closeness between the two could mean a performance boost for the M5; however, we will have to wait to see how BMW does soon to keep its legendary nameplate king of the performance luxury sedans.

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, Automotive Editor

Anthony Alaniz is an award-winning journalist living in southeast Michigan. His professional writing career spans nearly a decade, ranging from writing for the local newspaper to Autoweek and Motor1. When he's not writing about cars, he covers the horror film genre at Modernhorrors.com.

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