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5.5 quick reasons to choose the BMW M550i xDrive

The new BMW M550i xDrive is the sportiest iteration of the world’s most successful executive saloon. The dynamic M Performance Automobile sets a new standard for its class.

By
Jan Wilms

Featuring exclusive design elements, a powerful drive system and outstanding vehicle dynamics, the new BMW M550i xDrive offers a uniquely emotional driving experience. This trio of exclusive M Performance features also highlights the differences between the BMW M550i xDrive and the BMW 5 Series without compromising in any way the comfort and connectivity of the world’s most successful executive saloon. In virtually every area of its design, the BMW M550i xDrive draws on the finest developments achieved by BMW engineers to date. What this adds up to in real terms is an even more intensely pleasurable driving experience, for inside the new BMW M550i xDrive the performance qualities of a sports car await the driver. All of which serves to establish this model – in every aspect of its dynamic appearance – as the very essence of the series.

The BMW M550i xDrive experience, condensed into 5.5 key qualities:

The new BMW M550i xDrive, the current top-of-the-range model in the new BMW 5 Series, draws on the finest achievements of BMW engineers in almost every area of design and development.

Subtly but consistently, the most luxurious design in the history of the BMW 5 Series demonstrates the individuality of the BMW M550i xDrive.

1. Exclusive design features
Subtly but consistently, the most luxurious design in the history of the BMW 5 Series demonstrates the individuality of the BMW M550i xDrive. This is due in part to the signature Cerium Grey finish, exclusive to M Performance models, as well as to other unique design elements, such as the M aerodynamics package with the M rear diffuser, window surrounds in high-gloss Shadowline, and twin M sports exhausts with trapezoid pipe finishers in black chrome.

2. Superior drive system and best-in-class acceleration
The 4.4-litre, 340 kW (462 hp) M Performance TwinPower Turbo engine is the only V8 unit in the BMW 5 Series. With maximum torque of 650 Nm, it delivers powerful and superior road performance combined with optimum efficiency. The M Performance engines, the most powerful units for the respective model series among the core M models, feature exclusive technical highlights. As a result, the BMW M550i xDrive enjoys the fastest acceleration of any car in its class – taking just 4.0 seconds to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph).

3. The sound
The impressive performance characteristics of the BMW M550i xDrive are both tangible and audible during the drive. The distinctive engine of the fastest saloon in its class sounds much the same as it drives: powerful and full of character.

M Performance engines feature exclusive technical elements, giving the BMW M550i xDrive the fastest acceleration of any car in its class – racing from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.0 seconds.

Unadulterated BMW DNA in its most dynamic manifestation: the driving dynamics components package was specially designed for the BMW M550i xDrive and boasts an immediacy unique to M Performance models.

Unadulterated BMW DNA in its most dynamic manifestation: the driving dynamics components package was specially designed for the BMW M550i xDrive and boasts an immediacy unique to M Performance models.

4. BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive system and M Performance chassis
Unadulterated BMW DNA in its most dynamic manifestation: the rear-wheel-favoured BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive system and specially tuned M Performance chassis components bring to the road exceptional driving dynamics paired with optimised ride comfort and traction. This combination of driving dynamics components was specially designed for the BMW M550i xDrive and boasts a uniquely direct character exclusive to M Performance models.

5. 8-speed Steptronic Sport transmission
The opulent 8-speed menu of the Steptronic Sport transmission underscores the sporty nature of the BMW M550i xDrive. Power is transmitted to the wheels via specially tuned M Performance shift programmes that deliver sportier gear changes and increased downshift spontaneity across the entire engine speed range. With its compact design and optimised efficiency level, the transmission also helps boost fuel economy.

5.5. All-round connectivity
Thanks to the seamless integration of BMW Connected, the BMW M550i xDrive exhibits a level of connectivity on a par with its drive system. The service provides drivers with a personal mobility manager by hooking their smartphone or smartwatch up to BMW’s Open Mobility Cloud. From traffic updates to efficient route planning or pre-heating the interior from an app, not to mention the range of services provided by BMW ConnectedDrive: vehicle, driver and environment are now better connected than ever before.

The rear-wheel-favoured BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive system and specially tuned M Performance chassis components bring to the road exceptional driving dynamics paired with optimised ride comfort and traction.

Model facts

BMW M550i xDrive

Displacement cc
cylinders

4395
8

Output
kW (hp)


340 (462)

Drehmoment Nm

650

Torque Nm

250

Acceleration
0–100 km/h (62 mph) in s


4

Fuel consumption
l/100 km
urban
extra-urban
combined



12,7
7,1 – 6,8
9,1 – 8,9

CO2 emissions
g/km


209 – 204

Energy efficiency class

E

04/19/2017