By unveiling the M550i xDrive Sedan, BMW has just revealed their latest range-topping saloon. Competent power delivery system has been brought together with a high performance luxury business aesthetic in this automobile. Earlier employed on the X1, X3, X5 and X6 models, BMW’s all-wheel-drive ‘xDrive’ system has been integrated in the power delivery system of this vehicle.
While dynamically adjusting in accordance with the road’s surface, the power of BMW M550i is supplied between front and rear in a 40:60 ratio. Making it the fastest BMW 5-series to date, the M550i is capable of going from 0 to 60 mph in less than 4 seconds owing to a 4.4-litre TwinPower Turbo V8 engine combined with the M chassis.
BMW told that TwinPower Turbo technology is the combination of “High Precision Direct Fuel Injection, Double-Vanos variable camshaft timing and VALVETRONIC variable valve timing along with twin-scroll turbocharging”.
In other words, one can say that BMW has advanced the performance of an engine without enhancing the displacement. Basically, the efficiency has been improved by means of decrease in the size of the engine and hence the fuel consumption. Check out the following video in order to get more details:
Nonetheless, efficiency does not imply decreased performance. 456 horsepower and 480 lb-ft of torque is delivered by the M550i powerhouse which is similar to fastening a VW polo to each of the M550i’s 19 inch (or optional 20 inch) M light-alloy wheels. Also, the adaptive M sports suspension sets the M550i 10mm’s closer to the tarmac; providing precision handling round the track, where it might feel quite at home.
The interior of the car brags the BMW’s signature elegant design with an aggressive touch. Features like Lane Change Assistant, Navigation, Advanced Real Time Traffic Information (ARTTI) and optional Remote Parking are included in the M550i.
BMW’s ‘connected drive’ is also available in the M550i that gives the driver the power to control several features of the vehicle by means of an app on a mobile device like an iPhone, tablet or smart watch. Route information is also shared with the driver by the connected drive. In addition to this, it also might encompass the details of on-street parking that can assist the driver in finding the most credible available parking spots.
As soon as you reach the parking bay, the ‘ParkNow’ app can reserve and make the necessary payments. All of this is visible via the 10.25” iDrive display. On top of this, once the car is parked, optional display key can also guide the user to their destination on foot. Hence, one can say that the connected drive operates as a bond between the driver and the car.
Early in 2017, BMW will begin the selling of the ‘M550i xDrive’ with an approximate retail price of $90,000+ which will place it in competition with the Mercedes E43 AMG and Audi RS7. Well, in the fast-paced world of business executives, time will show which of these luxury cars wins approval.