Car News 20 Dec 2016

The new 456bhp BMW M550i xDrive

BMW has revealed the newest model to join the high performance M range. The M550i xDrive is the first sport variant of the 5 Series saloon.

The M550i is based on the new 5 Series saloon, with a range of tweaks from the M Performance Division. There is more emphasis on handling and fun; the car has four-wheel drive and a new chassis, with engine alterations making it faster and more powerful.

The M550i is powered by BMW’s in-house developed 4.4-litre N63 twin-turbo V8 engine. The engine itself has been changed and tweaked by the high performance division, with the turbos nestled between the hot-V shaped cylinder formations. The M division has given the car extra output with twin-scroll turbochargers, direct fuel injection and variable timing on the four camshafts.

The new BMW is capable of 0-62mph in 4 seconds and produces 456bhp with 479lb ft of torque.  The four-wheel drive aids in the car’s acceleration, and xDrive is able to alter and send torque to the axle that most requires it, although it is still rear biased. The M550i comes standard with an 8 speed ZF automatic gearbox and an M Sport suspension system with active dampers.

The new model has more aggressive and distinctive styling that it’s 5 Series sibling; it has a new rear spoiler and black chrome exhaust system. The car has matt grey finished 20-inch M alloys with blue brake calipers. The matt grey finish is used across the mirror caps, bumpers, side vents and front grille surrounds.  Advanced technology such as radar cruise control and BMW’s safety systems come as standard.

Pricing and specification will be released by BMW in 2017. The M550i xDrive is expected to go on sale from March 2017.

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