Automotive journalist Chris Harris has recently got behind the wheel of the all-new BMW M550d xDrive, testing the model on Germany’s highways.
After being officially presented at BMW’s stand in the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, the new M550d xDrive is getting ready to hit the European showrooms, but before that happens, automotive journalist Chris Harris is getting behind the wheel and presenting the car, so we will know what to expect from it. According to the German based automaker, the BMW M550d xDrive is powered, just like other M diesel cars, by a 3.0 liter six-cylinder inline diesel engine, which is developing a total output of 381 horsepower at 4,000 – 4,400 rpm, with a peak torque of 740 Nm (546 lb-ft), available between 2,000 and 3,000 rpm. BMW says that the maximum revs are 5,400 rpm and thanks to the three turbos, the throttle response is instantaneous.
Even if 381 horsepower available from 4.000 rpm on a diesel is very much like cooking your favorite meal every day and putting it on the sealing so it could only be available if you climb the ladder, the torque figure, 740 Nm is impressive and considering the fact that it’s all available from 2.000 rpm, future owners of the model will be changing their seats quite a lot.
The BMW M550d xDrive can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.7seconds and the engine is mated to an eight-speed sports automatic transmission, which is sending power to all the wheels (xDrive). All BMW M550d xDrive are equipped with the auto start/stop, M-tuned dampers and springs, engine transmission mounting and bodyshell. Prices for the M550d xDrive Sedan will start at 80,800 euros in Germany, while the Touring will be available from 83,750 euros.