Only a City slip-up can breathe new life into the title race. That does not look likely right now, though, given Pep Guardiola's men have now won five consecutive league games by three or more goals; they are the first team to achieve that feat in English top-flight history.
Kevin De Bruyne alone secured a three-goal margin over Wolves, scoring four himself.
Gabriel Jesus also scored four in a game for City this season (against Watford), with Tottenham in 2009-10 (Robbie Keane and Jermain Defoe) and Manchester United in 1999-2000 (Andy Cole and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer) the only previous teams to have two players deliver such performances in the same campaign.
De Bruyne's first three goals came inside 24 minutes, with just two players – Sadio Mane against Aston Villa in May 2015 (16) and Dwight Yorke against Arsenal in February 2001 (22) – netting faster Premier League hat-tricks from kick-off.
The midfielder's 14 league goals this season represent a career high – as do his 19 in all competitions – and contribute to 57 in his Premier League career, the most of any player to never score a header.