The BMW has not only perceived meet to increase an acre-foot to the robust administrator sports machine’s sea of alphanumerics but also tooffer up another component to the company’s not-quite-M case. Until the next M5 arrives as a brand-new 5-series upon us. The M550i xDrive stands as the 5’s range-topping appliance. Overstating a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 making 456 horsepower and 480 lb-ft of torque, the M550i positions in, power-wise, between the vaunted E39 M5’s naturally aspirated V-8 and the E60’s tasty V-10. It is, however, 104 horsepower south of the outbound M5, leaving abundance of area for the next crowning 5 to zonk us with implacable units of unnecessary motive influence.
Because it’s a vehicle designed for practices who want a really good, fair sedan that will get them to the office during inclement weather, the M550i xDrive features an all-wheel-steer system. One might think that makes it a bit more similar to Alpina’s B6 xDrive Gran Coupe, which some of us found to be the satisfactory 5/6 derived of the F06/F10 aeon of vehicles. BMW bays 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 kindness of a paddle-shifted eight-speed automatic. Gossips strongly suggest the next M5 will feature all-wheel steer, at which component we imagine Alpina will addition Bottrop and take all its torque. The rear-biased AWD system spins quality 19-inch M wheels completed in mixture Cerium Grey all-metal, or elective 20s in the same color. The dark complete, presumably, was selected at least in part to show off the name blue restraint calipers.
In any case, with either wheel decision, the Adaptive M Sport mixture drops the body 0.39 inch adjacent to the ground. Outside, the M550i gets a decklid campaigner, while the mirror headdresses, the opening framework, the barrier holes, and the M Performance front intake pronunciations all get an overgarment of Cerium Grey colorant. Out back, a sport gas exhaust completed in black chromium whisks the disbursed gases away from you and directs them toward the hexed hoser you just exhaled past.
The sills feature lightened M550i xDrive kind, because lightened marking is what contemporary indulgence is all about. Inside, the rooms are supplied in black Dakota leather with nappa hide as an option and there’s a M steering wheel, M floor mats, and aluminum pedals. Like other any other brand-new 5, the M550i xDrive is accessible with a full suite of chauffeur immunodeficiencies and connectivity mixtures. Long since past are the days when increasing what the Germans call sportivity conveyed giving up comfort, after all. One comfort BMW can’t offer at the time is the M550i xDrive’s value which will get released before a launch in 2017 spring.