Less powerful 2017 BMW M550i xDrive (G30) sprints faster than current BMW M5

Article by Christian A., on October 15, 2016

Premium customers seeking a sporty version of the new BMW 5 Series (G30) will just have to wait until March 2017, when the luxury carmaker launches the new BMW M550i xDrive to the market. To be available just in Europe, the performance of the new 2017 BMW M550i xDrive centers on its 4,395cc petrol V8 engine that could deliver up to 340 kW (462 hp) of output at 5,500 rpm and up to 650 Nm (479 lb-ft) of torque available from 1,800 rpm.

Mated to an eight-speed Steptronic transmission, this eight-cylinder petrol engine allows the BMW M550i xDrive to accelerate from standstill to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.0 seconds.

Already providing dynamic performance, the new BMW M550i xDrive is also fuel efficient. In fact, the BMW M550i xDrive consumes (combined) 8.9 liters of petrol per 100 km (31.7 mpg imp), and emits (combined) 204 grams of carbon dioxide per km.

On the other hand, the current M5 employs 4.4 liter V8 engine that provides 412 kW (560 hp) of max output between 6,000 rpm and 7,000 rpm and 680 Nm (502 lb-ft) of peak torque available between 1,500 rpm and 5,750 rpm. Mated to a seven-speed dual clutch transmission, the current M5 could accelerate from zero to 100 km/hour (62 mph) in 4.4 seconds and achieve an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph).

Interestingly, the new BMW M550i xDrive should be quicker to sprint from zero to 100 km/h than the current BMW M5 by 0.4 seconds, even though the latter boasts of higher output and higher torque.

Exterior Design

Sitting on a wheelbase that is 0.2 inch longer than its predecessor (at 117.1 inches), the new 5 Series is also longer by 1.2 inches, wider by 0.3 inch and taller by 0.6 inch. These dimensions allowed the new 5 Series to be styled as per the wishes of its designers – formal, precise, aesthetically appeal and functional. BMW 5 Series Customers are able to pick from a palette of two non-metallic and 11 metallic color shades.

BMW’s signature kidney grille remains a defining front feature of the BMW 5 Series but is now linked to the headlight housings to emphasize the width of the new vehicle. Twin circular LED Adaptive headlights are standard, although the optional Adaptive Full LED Headlights -- with light graphic altering capability – could be requested. If specified, the LED tubes of the daytime running lights take a hexagonal shape and now extend to meet with the kidney grille.

The kidney grille of the seventh-generation 5 Series features active slats that could be opened when more air is required to cool down the engine. When such cooling air is not needed, these slats are closed in order to optimize aerodynamic efficiency. Meanwhile, the entire underbody of the 5 Series sports a number with optimized trim and airflow-channeling elements that serve as underbody sealing while helping reduce aerodynamic lift.

Its side profile, meanwhile, exposes a set-back passenger cell, a flowing roofline, a short front overhang. Here, the seventh-generation BMW 5 Series Sedan features two traditional BMW design elements that usually do not come together -- the swage line and the Hofmeister kink. The swage line turns up while flowing rearwards and then meets up with Hofmeister kink to create an upwards motion. The side view of the new 5 Series is accentuated by new 18-inch Double Spoke light-alloy wheels wrapped in All-Season Run-Flat Tires. Customers may avail of the All-Season non Run-Flat Tires -- including a spare tire under the trunk floor – at no additional cost.

Meanwhile, the rear end of the BMW 5 Series is defined by rear lamps now reaching into sides, thereby creating a graphical link to the flanks. The rear end is also defined by LED bars allowing for a slim interpretation of the signature BMW “L” shape. The symmetrically arranged exhaust tailpipes take a circular shape on four-cylinder sedans and a trapezoidal form on six-cylinder and M Sport package-specified cars.

Further exterior design details of the 5 Series include chrome kidney grill bars and window surround as well as front and rear bumper trim finishers. The interior, meanwhile, is provided with SensaTec upholstered dashboard, Sport Seats with an Anthracite headliner and power adjustable side bolsters.

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