The BMW M550i xDrive is 90% of the car theis, and in some ways, it’s actually better. The M550i offers strong V8 power and a long list of tech and creature comforts. What it lacks in outright track-attack ferocity it more than makes up for with greater overall balance and a much nicer ride quality. Given the choice, I’d pick the M550i as my daily driver.
- Big V8 offers big power
- Chassis is nicely tuned for both comfort and sport
- Plush interior with lots of amenities
- iDrive tech is easy to use
- Numb steering feel
- Driver-assistance options cost extra
- Poor fuel economy
The M550i uses BMW’s twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8, with 523 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque running through an 8-speed automatic transmission. All told, the all-wheel-drive M550i can accelerate to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds, which means it’s quicker than its key rivals, theand , both of which use more sedate six-cylinder engines. The BMW even comes with a proper launch control function, which I’m sure most people will never use.
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