Munich - BMW has given its European line-up a good beefing up, adding new engine variants across a number of model ranges, including the 5-Series, 8 Series and X5.
The most exciting of these changes occurs on the 5 Series front where the M5’s ‘deputy’, the M550i xDrive, gets an extra 50kW and 100Nm.
With 390kW and 750Nm on tap, the M550i, which is not currently offered in South Africa, is now even more powerful than the V10-powered E60 generation M5. This is thanks to a new-generation V8 engine featuring a redesigned crankcase and larger turbochargers positioned in the ‘V’ between the cylinder banks.
The new V8 is mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox and xDrive all-wheel-drive system, while the model also gets M-specific chassis tuning.
The M550i xDrive is now also available with the latest version of BMW’s Laserlights with Selective Beam.