2025 BMW M5 Touring Confirmed for North America

Kyle Patrick
by Kyle Patrick

Long-roof fans, rejoice!

BMW on Thursday confirmed what we all suspected: the M5 Touring will join the sedan when the high-performance mid-sizer launches later this year. This will be the first time an M5 Touring has been available for sale in Canada and the US.

The next-generation M5, both the sedan and wagon variants, have been making the camouflaged rounds in Germany and America for some time now. While we haven't seen either model in full glory quite yet, we expect the new M5s to take a rather traditional M approach, applying more aggressive front and rear fascias to the current eighth-generation 5 Series, wider tracks front and rear, and the trademark quartet of tailpipes.

As for what's underhood, the M5 will stick to an eight-cylinder engine, just as it has for all but one generation since the beginning of this century. The difference this time around is the addition of a hybrid component. BMW says "the next M5 Touring will feature an M Hybrid drivetrain closely related to the one found in the BMW M Hybrid V8 GTP race car." That race car runs a bespoke 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 that was first introduced in BMW's DTM racer back in 2010; we expect the M5's powertrain to instead have more in common with the XM. In the SUV, the 4.4-liter plug-in hybrid powertrain puts out 644 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque; the XM Label pumps those figures up to 738 hp and 738 lb-ft.

What we think

Needless to say, we're excited to see an M5 with an added dash of practicality and—to our eyes—style. Most of our experience with the current 5 Series has been with the electric models, which has shown the latest platform is an excellent foundation with solid blend of comfort and agility. Drop in an XM powertrain and you've got the power and sound necessary for a bonefide M product. Both Mercedes-AMG and Audi have found success with their respective hi-po haulers; can the market handle a third?

Kyle Patrick
Kyle Patrick

Kyle began his automotive obsession before he even started school, courtesy of a remote control Porsche and various LEGO sets. He later studied advertising and graphic design at Humber College, which led him to writing about cars (both real and digital). He is now a proud member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC), where he was the Journalist of the Year runner-up for 2021.

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