The new M5 Touring is BMW’s best Christmas gift

by Nik Berg
22 December 2023 1 min read
The new M5 Touring is BMW’s best Christmas gift

BMW has teased next year’s M5 Touring in a festive film, just in time for the holidays. In the YouTube video, after browsing the “good” list Santa opens an envelope containing “The M List” and heads off to his garage where the ultimate sports tourer awaits.

It’s Christmas wrapped, of course, so it’s hard to make out much detail on the eagerly-awaited wagon. Its 2024 debut will mark the first time since 2007 that an M5 Touring has been built. That car, based on the E61 5-Series, packed an epic 500 bhp, five-litre V10 engine and was limited to just 1,025 units. The earlier, six-cylinder, 335 bhp, E34 M5 Touring was even more rare, with 891 built.

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The G99, which, like the upcoming M5 sedan, will feature a twin-turbo 4.4-litre V8, backed up with an electric motor for a combined 700+ bhp, making it comfortably the most powerful Touring ever constructed. It will be a plug-in hybrid, allowing a short distance to be driven in electric-only mode and will come with “with fascinating innovations for an even more intense performance experience,” according to BMW.

Drive will be sent to all four wheels by the M xDrive system and carbon ceramic brakes will provide stopping power. The M5 Touring and its sedan sibling are currently undergoing final-phase road testing before being revealed in full in the early part of 2024.

The M5 Touring is set to go up against rivals such as the Mercedes-AMG E63 and Audi RS6 and now that Porsche is to stop building its long-roof Panamera, BMW could pinch some customers from Stuttgart as well.

Expect the M5 Touring to cost more than the £111,000 current generation sedan, but less than the flagship £150,000 XM SUV.

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