If there is one BMW we’re excited to drive this year it has to be the all-new BMW M550i, the top model of the new 5 Series range. Packing a new, M Performance-tuned 4.4 liter V8 — featuring two twin-scroll turbochargers, a High-Precision injections system, Valvetronic valve lift and Double VANOS variable cam timing — the BMW M550i xDrive develops 456 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque. The latter of which comes in at an incredibly low 1,800 rpm. All of that power and torque is sent through an eight-speed automatic Sport Steptronic gearbox to all four wheels, via xDrive.
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Thanks to that power and torque, the BMW M550i xDrive is capable of getting from 0-60 mph in under 4.0 seconds. That makes it the fastest non-M BMW 5 Series ever made. In fact, the only BMW 5 Series to have claimed 0-60 mph time faster is the BMW M5 Jahre, which claims 3.9 seconds.
Another distinctive feature is the exhaust system with four almost square tailpipes combined in two rectangular enclosures.
The 2018 BMW M550i xDrive Sedan will be available starting at $72,100 plus $995 Destination and Handling.
Today, we have the chance to hear the sound of the new BMW M550i.