2018 BMW M550i xDrive

The Washington Post Sunday - - THE CAR PAGES -

Bot­tom line: This is the car for peo­ple will­ing to pay for what they think is the “ul­ti­mate driv­ing ma­chine.” Ride, ac­cel­er­a­tion and han­dling: All ex­cel­lent. But be ready to pay fines for ac­cel­er­a­tion that oc­curs so smoothly and eas­ily in this one. Head-turn­ing quo­tient: Beau­ti­ful. Body style/lay­out: It is a front-en­gine, all­wheel-drive, full-size lux­ury sedan. It is based on the BMW 540i but is treated with up­dated M-class touches as stan­dard equip­ment.

En­gine/trans­mis­sion: It comes with a 4.4-liter, 32-valve, V-8 ga­so­line en­gine with di­rect in­jec­tion and vari­able valve tim­ing (456 horse­power, 480 pound-feet of torque). The en­gine is linked to an eight­speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion that can be op­er­ated man­u­ally. Ca­pac­i­ties: Seat­ing is for five peo­ple. Cargo ca­pac­ity is an es­ti­mated 20 cu­bic feet, enough for a full gro­cery trip. Fuel ca­pac­ity is 18 gal­lons. Premium ga­so­line is re­quired. Mileage: I av­er­aged a com­bined 19 miles per gal­lon-city high­way, enough to feel the real-world op­er­at­ing ex­pense of this one. Safety: Stan­dard equip­ment in­cludes four­wheel disc brakes with au­to­matic brake dry­ing; four-wheel anti-lock brake pro­tec­tion; emer­gency brak­ing as­sis­tance; pre-col­li­sion and post-col­li­sion safety; trac­tion and sta­bil­ity con­trol; cor­ner­ing head­lights; and side and head air bags. Pric­ing: The 2018 BMW M550i is just en­ter­ing East Coast deal­er­ships. There might be some “dis­count” bar­gain­ing with long­time BMW cus­tomers. Most buy­ers should ex­pect to pay $82,155.

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