Car and Driver Takes the 2018 BMW M550i xDrive for a Spin

May 17th, 2017 by

A writer from Car and Driver recently had the extreme good fortune to take the 2018 BMW 550i xDrive for a trip on the A8 autobahn in Germany, and he took full advantage of the opportunity to open the throttle wide and experience the full unleashed power of the 4.4-liter V8 twin-turbo engine.

Due to arrive on United States shores soon, the 2018 550i xDrive is the quickest 5 Series vehicle BMW has produced, dashing to a 0 to 60 mph time of 3.8 seconds. That 4.4-liter, DOHC V8 engine pairs with an 8-speed automatic transmission to generate a healthy 456 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque.

Comfort mode, which is the default setting, offers lighter steering, a softer-feeling suspension and a quieter sounding engine. The xDrive all-wheel drive system (also tuned to the Comfort mode), distributing torque as situations dictate, while the Adaptive M suspension offers a plush, smooth ride with minimal body roll.

The vehicle also features both Sport and Sport+ modes, which feature M-specific tuning for both the suspension and steering for even more precise handling and driving enjoyment.

Distinctive exterior styling touches include M Sport brakes that have blue-painted calipers and M badging, a small rear spoiler, black chrome M Sport quad tailpipes. Inside, you'll find illuminated "M550i xDrive" inscriptions on the door sills, an M sport steering wheel that features paddle shifters to give you manual control over gear changes, aluminum trim and pedals, multi-contour sport seats in black leather with blue contrast stitching and much more.

If you'd like to learn more about the 2018 BMW 550i xDrive, stop by our showroom at 31 Old Mill Bottom Road in Annapolis.