The all-new, 2018 BMW 5 Series lineup marks the introduction of an additional variant called the M550i xDrive, which BMW bills as the fastest, most agile 5 to date… Well, you know, at least until the new M5 with over 600 horsepower arrives.
Bridging the gap between the regular 5 Series and the performance-tuned M5, the M550i is powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 engine that produces 456 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 480 pound-feet of torque from 1,800 rpm, divided between all four wheels by a sport-tuned eight-speed automatic transmission and a rear-biased xDrive all-wheel drive system.
That’s enough power to accelerate the German sports sedan from zero to 60 in under four seconds before reaching an electronically-limited top speed of 155 mph (249 km/h). More than that, BMW’s engineers went to great lengths to ensure that it’s just as rewarding to drive around corners as it is in a straight line.
It addition to the xDrive system delivering rear-biased handling, the M550i also benefits from a power steering system that’s been tuned for preciseness and an adaptive M suspension that lowers ride height by a few sixteenths of an inch.
Visually, it is distinguished by a full body kit that adds a model-specific front bumper, larger air vents, side skirts, and a small trunk-mounted spoiler. The sporty-yet-understated look is further accentuated by grey trim, “Shadow Line” window trim, and 19-inch alloy wheels.
The interior is appointed in black leather upholstery with blue contrast stitching and houses an M sport steering wheel, aluminum pedals, sport seats, and special floor mats. It is offered with the same convenience and tech features as the standard 5 Series.
The 2018 BMW M550i xDrive goes on sale in the spring 2017. Is it likely to be your 5 Series of choice?
Top Five Features Of A BMW
BMW is renowned for making some of the best luxury vehicles on the planet. “The Ultimate Driving Machines,” as they are known, offer some of the most innovative and advanced features in the automobile industry.
Whether talking about the 5 Series or 7 Series, all BMWs have features that are ahead of the curve, literally, thanks to a carbon fiber and aluminum design that lowers the center of gravity of the sedans so they better handle curves.
Let’s look at five awesome features that !
The Driver Assistance Systems
BMW doesn’t even use names for their technology and features like all of the other makes and models. So instead of giving their vehicles “autonomous” driving systems, they provide the best driver assistance packages available today. After all, if you buy a BMW you want to drive it, still, it is nice to know that there are safety features that assist when driving. These include warnings for side collisions, lane changes, and lane departures. New BMWs will steer away from cars that get too close and offer advanced cruise control systems that brake and steer when needed.
Remote Control Parking
Well, maybe you want to drive a BMW but nobody has fun parallel parking. With new BMWs you don’t need to worry about it, the BMW will park itself via a remote without you even needing to be in the car. There are also panoramic and 3D views that allow for better vision when parking.
Connected Drive Service
We live in the digital age in a world dominated by computers and the internet. BMWs are the perfect car for the digital age. There are up to 10 wifi connections available in the vehicles, so no one has to go without the ability to connect to the car with their smartphone.
Dual Zone & Dual Fan Speed Engines
These twin turbocharged V-8s provide 456 horsepower, propelling the vehicle from 0-60 mph in less than four seconds. It can do that while allowing the driver and the passenger to set the temperature and fan speed individually to their liking. Talk about having your cake and eating it too!
Gesture Control Function
If you want to control things with just the wave of your hand, then the BMW has just the feature for you. With the Gesture Control Function, you can answer the phone, adjust the radio volume, as well as control various other functions all using simple hand gestures.
Like the BMW itself, BMW dealers tend to go above and beyond to provide the best experience possible to their customers. A visit to a local BMW dealer will introduce you to not only the most advanced and luxurious vehicles on the planet, but also to special programs that help better afford a great car and a great education, as well as other assistance programs. Plus BMW dealers provide excellent service and collision centers and to make sure your BMW stays on the road in tip-top shape.
GM, Ford, BMW, Renault Form MOBI Blockchain Consortium
A group of automakers, suppliers and other automotive industry players has formed the Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative (MOBI), a consortium tasked with exploring potential uses for blockchain technology in the automotive industry.
The consortium’s ranks include General Motors, Ford Motors, BMW, and French automaker Renault, as well as car-parts manufacturers Bosch and ZF, tech giants Accenture and IBM, and blockchain industry groups Consensys and Hyperledger. CEO Chris Ballinger stated:
“Blockchain and related trust enhancing technologies are poised to redefine the automotive industry and how consumers purchase, insure and use vehicles.”
Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin use blockchains as a distributed ledger. The system is open but cryptographically-protected to provide a secure record of transactions.
Appropriately, MOBI aims to create a blockchain ecosystem custom-tailored for the automotive industry. with potential applications including vehicle identity, supply chain tracking, vehicle payments, data markets and usage-based pricing systems. IBM automotive industry VP Sachin Lulla added:
“Bringing the industry together and building interoperable blockchain networks is key to helping the automotive industry unleash the potential of blockchain.”
MOBI has not disclosed the standards for its open-source blockchain tools or when it will be launched.
2019 BMW M2 Competition Is An M2 With An M3 Heart, Makes 405HP
The ultimate M2 and, thus, 2-Series has arrived. A more track-ready, tire burning sports car, the 2019 BMW M2 Competition is powered by the S55 twin-turbo 6-cylinder engine from the BMW M3 and M4.
The M2 Competition’s turbo six has been tuned to pump out 405 hp between 5,230 and 7,000 rpm and 406 lb-ft. of torque between 2,350 rpm and 5,230 rpm, which is an extra 40 horsepower and 63 lb-ft. over the standard M2. It can be paired with either a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, allowing the M2 Competition reach 60 mph (96 k/h) from a standstill in 4.2 – and 4.0 seconds, respectively.
Top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph (249.50 km/h), though it can be raised to 174 mph (280 km/h) with the optional M Driver’s Package.
Other performance goodies include a dual exhaust system with electronic flap control that helps deliver the distinctive M sound, the BMW M3 and M4’s CFRP high-precision strut, and larger disc brakes. The electromechanical power steering, Active M Differential, and Dynamic Steering and Stability Control systems have all been enhanced.
Inside, the BMW M2 Competition comes equipped with new M Sport seats with a very supportive, bucket-style shape that borrows heavily from motorsport, while the headrests are integrated into the seat back rest. The backrest features an illuminated M2 logo, and the black leather upholstery boasts design perforations (available in either blue or orange) in the seat and backrest.
The center console houses selector switches that allow instant control of settings for the engine, steering and Drivelogic functions. The driver can combine the various configurations in whichever way he prefers and stored for easy access using the M1 and M2 buttons on the steering wheel.
The BMW M2 Competition goes on sale in summer 2018.