The temporary top dog in the 5 Series G30 family has been caught in Munich as a pre-production vehicle.
If you can’t patiently wait for the mighty M5, then the next best thing is this: the new M550i xDrive. Spotted in a parking lot in Germany’s third largest city, the sporty sedan was exhibiting its evolutionary design that might prompt some people to say it’s a facelift for the F10 rather than a next-gen model.
While looks are subjective, there’s no denying in the fact the new all-paw M550i is an absolute rocket even though it doesn’t have the full-blown M treatment. It sprints to 100 km/h in four seconds flat, so it’s actually quicker than the standard RWD-only M5 that needs an extra four tenths of a second. The only M5s capable of outrunning it in the sprint are the 30 Jahre and Competition Edition models that can complete the task in 3.9 seconds.
But as you would imagine, performance and luxury come at a steep price. Not like it matters a lot for people in the market for a high-performance sedan. The M550i xDrive with its meaty biturbo 4.4-litre V8 engine will consume only 8.9 liters / 100 km, albeit that figure is based on the very optimistic New European Driving Cycle (NEDC), expect Canadian figures to be different when released.
Should you care more about efficiency than performance, the plug-in hybrid 530e or the thrifty diesel-powered 535d SE Efficient Dynamics Edition will be a better choice.
If you would rather wait for the crown jewel of the range, the new automatic-only M5 should be out by the end of next year with more than 600 horsepower and a first-ever optional xDrive setup.
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