2018 BMW M550i xDrive
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.