BMW M550i Models in the Works, Will Replace Regular 550i Versions

5-series, Rumors | July 13th, 2016 by 8
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BMW’s upcoming 5 Series range will bring forward a couple new models. Among them, we’ll get to see a new M Performance automobile under the …

BMW’s upcoming 5 Series range will bring forward a couple new models. Among them, we’ll get to see a new M Performance automobile under the M550i nameplate which will most likely replace the popular 550i. This new variant will be a proper rival for the Audi S6 as well as a perfect fit to fill in the performance gap leading up to the M5.

According to our sources inside Munich, BMW is working on two versions of the M Performance model that will be available within the 5 Series range. One of them will be coming with all-wheel drive for those looking for straight line performance while the other will be rear-wheel drive for those enjoying twisty roads. Both cars, however, will be using reworked versions of the N63 4.4-liter V8 engine. No definitive horsepower figure is known at the moment but we should expect close to 500 HP and 700 Nm (516 lb-ft) of torque.

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Of course, not only the engine will be setting these models apart from their non M Performance brothers. The suspension setup will also be reworked as will the exhaust and some exterior design cues. Expect the Feric Grey mirror covers to be included as standard on the M550i as well as the grey accents in the front bumper air intakes.

There’s no word on what will happen with the M550d xDrive models so far, though. While we do expect the model to continue to be offered with the new quad-turbo B57S engine, there’s also a slight chance it will be retired. It would be a shame though as the car proved to be quite popular especially in Touring guise in Europe. Furthermore with the new 400 HP mill under the hood it could prove to be a tantalizing proposal for a lot of drivers out there that want to combine power with frugality.

8 responses to “BMW M550i Models in the Works, Will Replace Regular 550i Versions”

  1. Icebreakerr says:

    so this is basically competiting with the S6 and E43 amg. but if i was to own a M550i i’d take off the M badge and just keep 550i

  2. John says:

    I liked the fact that BMW had fast non-M cars… Oh well… Everything about BMWs designations is becoming more and more meaningless anyways….

    • Icebreakerr says:

      but i do also think everyone knows its not a real M just a performance M like semi skimmed M not full fat M

  3. Donald's Burro says:

    Get over the M badge butthurt already.

  4. TheBingoBalls says:

    Don’t really care. Whenever someone asks what I drive, I’m not going to say “M whatever” just out of habit. A M550i, M240i, M340i, etc is always going to be 550i, 240i, 340i, etc. *shrugs*

  5. […] scrutiny more popular. The first ones to come out as part of this plan will be the upcoming BMW M550i sDrive and M550i xDrive models that are currently in development. As we can see in the video below, engineers and drivers […]

  6. Boschblue says:

    I have had my 2012 550i for 4 yeara and it’s hands down the most impressive car I have owned. The twin Tubo 400hp mill is smooth and the accerlation at any speed is a rush. I welcome a little style change, tech upgrades and especially the increase in power. The M5 is a little out their on the price range for what you get, so it makes more sense to take a look at the new M550i when it comes out. I’ve been patiently waiting for the last year for the new model so pretty excited.

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