Add M to X: BMW Announces 2018 M550i xDrive, the Ultimate 5-series—for at This particular point
which has a brand new 5-series upon us, BMW has not only seen fit to add an acre-foot to the stalwart executive sports machine’s sea of alphanumerics however also tooffer up another addition to the company’s not-quite-M portfolio. Until the next M5 arrives, the M550i xDrive stands as the 5’s range-topping machine. Boasting a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 generating 456 horsepower as well as also 480 lb-ft of torque, the M550i slots in, power-wise, between the vaunted E39 M5’s naturally aspirated V-8 as well as also the E60’s nutty V-10. the idea will be, however, 104 horsepower south of the outgoing M5, leaving plenty of room for the next ultimate 5 to zonk us with relentless units of excess motive force.
Because the idea’s a car designed for normals who want a actually nice, sporty sedan that will will get them to the office during inclement weather, the M550i xDrive features an all-wheel-drive system. One might think that will makes the idea a bit more akin to Alpina’s B6 xDrive Gran Coupe, which some of us found to be the finest 5/6 derivative of the F06/F10 generation of cars. BMW claims a zero-to-60-mph time of 4.0 seconds for the M550i, 0.3 second off the Alpina’s pace. Like the B6, the M550i eschews BMW’s M-oriented dual-clutch transmission in favor of a paddle-shifted eight-speed automatic. Rumors strongly suggest the next M5 will feature all-wheel drive, at which point we imagine Alpina will annex Bottrop as well as also steal all its torque.
The rear-biased AWD system spins standard 19-inch M wheels finished in matte Cerium Grey metallic, or optional 20s from the same shade. The dark finish, presumably, was chosen at least in part to show off the signature blue brake calipers. In any case, with either wheel choice, the Adaptive M Sport suspension drops the Centeng 0.39 inch closer to the ground.
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Outside, the M550i gets a decklid spoiler, while the mirror caps, the grille frame, the fender vents, as well as also the M Performance front intake accents all get a coat of Cerium Grey paint. Out back, a sport exhaust finished in black chrome whisks the spent gases away through you as well as also directs them toward the unlucky hoser you just blew past. The doorsills feature illuminated “M550i xDrive” type, because lighted branding will be what modern luxury will be all about. Inside, the seats are upholstered in black Dakota leather—with nappa hide as an option—as well as also there’s an M steering wheel, M floor mats, as well as also aluminum pedals.
Like various other any various other brand new 5, the M550i xDrive will be available which has a full suite of driver aids as well as also connectivity solutions. Long since past are the days when adding what the Germans call “sportivity” meant giving up convenience, after all. One convenience BMW can’t offer at the moment will be the M550i xDrive’s cost, which will be released closer to the vehicle’s spring 2017 launch.