BMW M550d xDrive – 4 turbos, diesel, 400 hp/760 Nm

BMW M550d xDrive – 4 turbos, diesel, 400 hp/760 Nm

BMW has introduced another variant to its G30 5 Series portfolio with the M550d xDrive, a new M Performance model that is offered in Sedan and Touring (seen here) guise. BMW says the oil burning alternative to the M550i xDrive packs the “world’s most powerful six-cylinder diesel engine in the automotive area,” so let’s start there.

The 3.0 litre in-line six mill features BMW’s TwinPower Turbo Technology with not one, not two, but four turbochargers. Two low-pressure turbochargers are new here, replacing the previous large-sized third turbocharger.

Both units, along with one of the two high-pressure turbos are permanently powered during travel, with the second high-pressure turbo only kicking in at engine speeds of over 2,500 rpm. As a result of this multi-stage turbocharging, you get 400 hp at 4,400 pm and 760 Nm of torque from 2,000 rpm, which is 19 hp and 20 Nm more than its predecessor.

Drive is sent to all four wheels via an eight-speed Steptronic sports transmission and xDrive all-wheel drive system. In terms of performance, the M550d xDrive will accelerate from a standstill to 100 km/h in just 4.4 seconds (4.6 seconds for the Touring), and will hit a maximum top speed of 250 km/h (electronically limited).

BMW M550d xDrive – 4 turbos, diesel, 400 hp/760 Nm

As for efficiency, the car will consume as little as 5.4 litres per 100 km, and CO2 emissions are as low as 142 g/km. These figures represent an 11% reduction from the previous-generation model as well.

Similar to the M550i, the M550d comes with M sports suspension and a 10 mm reduction in ride height compared to a standard 5 Series. This can be further enhanced with the optional Adaptive M Suspension Professional pack that regulates the response of the dampers to provide higher driving dynamics.

Styling wise, the M550d is fitted with the M aerodynamic package, while the exterior mirror covers, the kidney grille surround and M Performance bars, and the two Air Breathers are all finished in Cerium Grey metallic.

Other details include the exhaust system with M Performance specific twin tailpipe trims in dark chrome, and brake calipers finished in blue metallic with the M inscription on them. Standard wheels here are 19-inch Double Spoke 664 M light alloy wheels in Cerium Grey (245/40 front and 275/35 rear tyres).

BMW also offers two 20-inch options – Double Spoke Design 668 M or BMW Individual light alloy wheels with VSpoke Design 759 in Bicolor. Both wheel sizes are paired with 245/35 tyres at the front and 275/30 at the rear.

On the interior, the door sills are illuminated and bear the ‘M550d’ inscription on them, and you get several M goodies like the pedals, footrest, leather steering wheel and specific instrument display. Optional items here include M sports seats with Dakota leather or fabric/Alcantara and an M sports leather steering wheel.

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Gerard Lye

Originating from the corporate world with a background in finance and economics, Gerard’s strong love for cars led him to take the plunge into the automotive media industry. It was only then did he realise that there are more things to a car than just horsepower count.



  • Kelab tiputipu kintek on Apr 26, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    The back looks terrible

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    • K Kinte on Apr 26, 2017 at 12:37 pm

      Malaysians are advised to buy Proton cause not one but many menteri have said Proton is BETTER and higher quality than BMW or Volvo.

      So don’t waste money buying BMW

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    • xcuse me on Apr 27, 2017 at 1:30 pm

      The back is not looks terrible actually…this is how a station wagon looks like.

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  • Buy Biza with my special package, get free ride in this at the end.

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  • nabill (Member) on Apr 26, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    that torque figure makes me emotional !

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  • Braga on Apr 26, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    Adui.. Buying a BMW M550d xDrive – 4 turbos, diesel, 400 hp/760 Nm tapi limit to 250km/h. What a waste!!

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  • Gaviny on Apr 26, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    Turbo whistle must be insane

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  • Smart & honest China buy Haval H6 Coupe.

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  • heybadigol (Member) on Apr 26, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    Very nice sexy fast wagon. I like. But this is the most unlikeliest car to ever be seen in Malaysia, as firstly its a wagon, which most Malaysians dont care for (which is too bad), and secondly, its a high performance diesel. So, just enjoy pictures only lah.

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  • Not Toyota Fan on Apr 26, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    Won’t see this CBU here. Latest product rationalisation in anticipation of B10 diesel. In June 2015, BMW (M) CEO Alan Harris said “In our tests with B10 biodiesel worldwide, we have found technical challenges”.

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  • Linderoth on Apr 26, 2017 at 6:47 pm

    There can only be one. VOLVO.

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  • K C NYEW on Apr 27, 2017 at 12:44 am

    More moving parts mean more wears and tears…good luck to the end users!

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