Super Street Network

Due to the EU’s Global Data Protection Regulation, our website is currently unavailable to visitors from most European countries. We apologize for this inconvenience and encourage you to visit www.motortrend.com for the latest on new cars, car reviews and news, concept cars and auto show coverage, awards and much more.MOTORTREND.COM
 |   |   |  2018 BMW M550i xDrive to Hit 60 MPH in Under 4.0 Seconds
Subscribe to the Free
Newsletter

2018 BMW M550i xDrive to Hit 60 MPH in Under 4.0 Seconds

Arrives in spring 2017

Jonathon Klein
Dec 19, 2016

BMW has introduced the new M550i xDrive as the top-of-the-line performance model of the current 5 Series lineup. The car arrives in U.S. dealerships in spring 2017.

The 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8 of the 2018 BMW M550i xDrive comes equipped with twin-scroll turbochargers, a precision injection system with Valvetronic fully variable valve lift, and Double Vanos variable camshaft timing control, all of which add up to a maximum output of 456 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque. This allows the M550i xDrive to hit 60 mph in under 4.0 seconds and propel it onward to an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph, BMW says.

2018 BMW M550i xDrive rear three quarter in motion 02 Photo 2/19   |   2018 BMW M550i xDrive rear three quarter in motion 02

Coupled to the V-8 is the same eight-speed automatic transmission found in other 5 Series cars. However, the M550i xDrive's transmission has been tuned to provide a more dynamic experience, eliciting a faster engagement using shift paddles located on the steering wheel. Additionally, the M550i xDrive, as the name implies, comes standard with BMW's xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system that uses torque vectoring to determine exactly where power is sent—and can send it independently to any wheel it chooses. Normally, it is rear biased to give the M550i a more sporty character.

Furthermore, the M550i xDrive includes a host of items from the brand's M Performance division. Mechanically, that includes an adaptive suspension, standard M Sport brakes and calipers, and an M-Sport steering rack tune that includes both SPORT and SPORT+ for more "crisp handling and precise driving characteristics." Visually, the M550i receives M badging, an M aerodynamic kit, including an M rear trunk spoiler, and an M Sport exhaust system.

It also features a variety of driver assistance systems, including Active Cruise Control, Active Lane Keeping Assistant, and Evasion Aid, along with a host of other optional safety equipment.

Source: BMW

2018 BMW M550i xDrive rear three quarter 02 Photo 3/19   |   2018 BMW M550i xDrive to Hit 60 MPH in Under 4.0 Seconds
2018 BMW M550i xDrive front end Photo 19/19   |   2018 BMW M550i xDrive to Hit 60 MPH in Under 4.0 Seconds
By Jonathon Klein
83 Articles

BROWSE CARS BY MARKET

MORE FEATURES

There is no denying Seiji Ookawara's Nissan Silvia is a head-turner. It's extremely low, it's extremely wide, and has a ludicrous amount of negative camber that screams for attention.
David IshikawaSep 19, 2019
On U.S. newsstands: Super Street's annual Nissan Issue! With all the sick S’s – Skyline, S30, Silvia, Stagea, and more!
Bob HernandezSep 18, 2019
Meet Mark Wang and not his first, or second, but his third R34 GT-R—a machine that, unlike his first two Skylines, is a race-bred Japanese monster.
Micah WrightSep 18, 2019
One of our favorite episodes of Top Gear involves the crew heading to Japan where Clarkson jumps behind the wheel of a R35 while Mays and Hammond stumble their way through the country via Bullet Train.
Super Street StaffSep 17, 2019
At a Suzuka Speedway press conference, Super GT and Toyota Gazoo Racing finally pulled back the shroud on the GT500-Class A90 Supra competition machine.
bhernandezSep 11, 2019
Sponsored Links

SEARCH ARTICLES BY MAKE/MODEL

Search
CLOSE X
BUYER'S GUIDE
SEE THE ALL NEW
NEWS, REVIEWS & SPECS
TO TOP