BMW Australia has confirmed the M550i xDrive will be available for in Australia from the first quarter of 2020!
Priced from $134,900, the M550i Pure will be the entry point of the line up, featuring the 390kW/750Nm Twin Turbo V8 Petrol, capable of launching the sporty sedan from 0-100km/h in just 3.8 seconds.
That power figure is 70kW shy of the M5, however the torque is evenly matched, and the M550i is around $100k cheaper, as entry into an M5 starts at around $229k.
The M550i Pure gains adaptive dampers, M Sport differential, and some other M enhanced accessories like the steering wheel and aero pack as a standard kit.
The top shelf spec of the M550i range will command a $15,000 price rise over the Pure, starting at $149,900, which gets you ‘Adaptive M Suspension Professional’ which includes Active Anti-Roll Stabilisation, Laserlight headlights instead of LED, soft-close doors, an instrument panel finished in leather, ambient air and ionisation, a sunroof, and metallic paint as standard. You can opt for a Sunroof ($3000) and Metallic Paint ($2000) on the Pure.
The top-spec M550i also gets BMW’s “Integral Active Steering” – a system where the rear wheels help to steer and provide more driving stability, safety and comfort. An electric motor in the steering column changes the driver’s steering movements dynamically – the amount of effort needed to turn the front wheels is automatically increased at low speeds and reduced at high speeds.
The rear wheels help to turn up to a maximum of three degrees – a small movement with a large effect. The precise angle of lock is determined by a control device after measuring factors like wheel speed, speed, steering wheel angle, etc. Under 60 km/h, the front and rear wheels steer in opposing directions to reduce the turning circle and ensure every bend is taken with precision. Above 60 km/h the front and rear wheels turn in the same direction to ensure more stability at higher speeds. When changing lanes, the vehicle practically ‘glides’ in an even sideways motion, which extremely comfortable for all the vehicle’s occupants and especially so for those in the rear.
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