Potent 2018 BMW M550i xDrive Leaves Little to Quibble With

Although it didn’t used to be the case, BMW now offers a handful of M Performance models to bridge the gap between fully-loaded versions of their Series models and the all-out sport of the M-badged ones. Falling into this category is the new 2018 M550i xDrive, a variant of the 5 Series with more than a little extra adrenaline coursing through its veins.

For many drivers, the 540i and its 335 horsepower turbocharged six-cylinder will more than fit the bill. But those who crave a twin-turbo V8—let alone one that makes 456 horsepower and 480 lb-ft of torque—will have to opt for the M550i xDrive. Hitting sixty in 3.9 seconds, it’s a full second faster than the 540i, and also comes with Sport Plus. With this system engaged, the gas pedal gets hypersensitive, while steering and suspension get more weight, enabling a driver to toss a car into a corner with confidence.

To experience any member of the 5 Series family, which consists of the 530i, 530e, 540i, M550i xDrive, and forthcoming M5, contact our Bentonville, AR showroom as it’s convenient. Our lineup of new BMW models are sure to excite, and we’d be happy to schedule you for a test drive.

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