BMW M550d xDrive Test Drive by AutoExpress UK

UK publication AutoExpress had the opportunity to test drive the BMW M550d xDrive. Under the hood, this vehicle is powered by a new M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology that gives the six-cylinder in-line diesel engine a maximum output of 280 kW/381 hp and peak torque of 740 Newton meters (546 lb-ft). It sounds good in paper but how well does it perform on the road? Learn more on this review excerpt:

The engine even makes a decent noise thanks to a sports exhaust: it sounds unlike any other diesel on the market.

So the M550d is certainly fast, but it’s also economical. When you turn the Drive Performance Control switch to Eco Pro mode, the eight-speed auto gearbox shifts up earlier and the air-conditioning is also adjusted to boost efficiency, so you should be able to get close to the claimed 44.8mpg fuel economy. What’s more, the car only emits 165g/km of CO2.

But with a much heavier engine in the nose, can the diesel M550d possibly be as good at tackling corners as the twin-turbo petrol M5?

Tipping the scales at 1,970kg, the newcomer only weighs 25kg more than the M5, which is even more impressive when you consider that figure includes the complex xDrive four-wheel-drive system, too.

BMW’s M Sport suspension is standard, although it stops short of a set-up as stiff and sporty as the M5’s. Still, the combination of adaptive dampers, all-wheel-drive traction and fast responses makes for a very enjoyable drive.

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