BMW Debuts Sporty M550i xDrive and 530e iPerformance 5 Series Variants
The 2018 530e iPerformance plug-in hybrid sports sedan is the fourth entry in BMW’s iPerformance electric lineup and is offered in rear-wheel (RWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD) with an array of advanced driver-assistance systems. The iPerformance sports sedan’s plug-in hybrid drive system produces 95 horsepower and in tandem with BMW’s 4-cylinder, twin-turbocharged gasoline engine will generate a combined 248 horsepower and estimated 310 lb.-ft. of torque when matched with a standard 8-speed Steptronic transmission. Likely acceleration will be 0-60 mph in 6.1 seconds with a top speed of 130 mph, BMW says.
Never one to disappoint performance enthusiasts, BMW also unveiled the new M550i xDrive, which is slated to be the fastest 5 Series variant to date, according to the company. In addition, BMW launches its first BMW M Performance version of the 5 Series featuring a modified M Performance twin-turbocharged, 4.4-liter V-8 engine that delivers a dramatic 456 horsepower and 480 lb.-ft. of torque when mated with an 8-speed Steptronic Sport transmission, which can be operated using paddles on the steering wheel or the shifter in the center console. BMW promises 0-60 mph acceleration for the new car will arrive in less than 4 seconds, which is quicker than the prior M5, while reaching an electronically limited 155 mph. The M550i xDrive includes a specially-tuned chassis for sharper handling and steering, BMW says, as well as an Adaptive M Sport suspension that lowers ride height by 10 millimeters. Wheels are standard 19-in. M alloy in a matte grey or available with optional 20-in. alloy wheels in a special grey metallic matte finish.
Pricing and fuel-economy ratings for both new 5 Series variants have not been revealed.
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