It looks like BMW wants to go after the Mercedes-AMG E63 wagon and the Audi RS6 Avant. Rumor has it that they're bringing the big guns in the form of the M5 Touring. It hasn't built a vehicle like this since the Europe-only E61 M5 Touring that sold over a decade ago with a big V10 engine. The new one should be more powerful, quicker, faster, and pricier. Here's the latest BMW M5 Touring clad in not-so-subtle holiday wrap. Check out the video below:
Although it's hard to isolate styling elements with such a busy wrapper on it, you can see the bold lines, muscular shape, and even the fat fender wells. The short video doesn't provide any long looks at the new high-performance Bimmer wagon, but you can tell it's a beast. It looks seriously intimidating, and we can't wait to see what it looks like in actual paint. The photo below gives you all the time to gaze at it. We have to say that it looks better than the new M5 sedan, but we're wagon fans at heart, anyway, so it comes as no surprise.
No technical details are provided in the video, but rumor has it that the M5 Touring will get a plug-in hybrid mill with a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 and an electric motor that combine to deliver 718 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque to all four wheels of BMW's xDrive all-wheel-drive system. There also might be a gas-only version that would be less powerful but also would weigh less. Rear-wheel drive hooliganism on the way to the grocery store would be pretty sweet, no?
We expect the new M5 Touring before the end of 2024, and it will actually be the single V8 contender in the German performance wagon race, against the twin-turbo V6s in the Mercedes-AMG E63 and the Audi RS6 Avant. Our money's on the PHEV twin-turbo V8 in the Bimmer, but we might just be biased.