The BMW M Performance brand has released its second model to the world, a 4 wheel drive, triple turbo 5 series diesel. Badged the M550D X Drive, it has 381bhp and more importantly, 546 ft/lb of torque.
Reports from the press suggest that it is the ultimate everyday car, if only it was an estate to make it ultra practical. Performance is staggering, 0-60 in around 4.7 seconds, and the low rev torque surge all the way up to 5000rpm – thanks to the 3rd turbo make it extremely good and long distance motorway journeys. However due to the nature of the power delivery it does not excite like the M5. Also it won’t be sold in the UK.
To see Chris Harris’ video review for Drive, click below.