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2012 BMW 550i Sedan: Sport package including dynamic damper control

Written By Su Hadma on Tuesday, August 27, 2013 | 12:07 PM

Foundation Price tag: $ 62,895

As-Examined Cost: $ 73,095

Drivetrain: four.four-liter turbocharged V8 RWD, eight-speed automated

Output: 400 hp @ 5,five hundred-six,400 rpm, 450 lb-ft @ one,750-4,500 rpm

Curb Weight: 4,365 lb

Gasoline Economy (EPA/AW): 18/16.two mpg

Options: M sport package deal which includes dynamic damper handle, 19-inch alloy double-spoke wheels, multi-contour seats, M steering wheel, aerodynamic kit, shadowline exterior trim, anthracite headliner ($ three,800) driver guidance package deal such as automated higher beams, lane departure warning, energetic blind location detection, aspect and top view cameras, head-up screen ($ three,five hundred) usefulness deal including electricity tailgate, convenience entry keyless entry, gentle-shut computerized doorways ($ one,seven-hundred) top quality seem package deal which includes satellite radio and one particular-year subscription, quality hello-fi technique ($ 950) BMW apps ($ 250)

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I would describe the 2012 BMW 550i sedan, regardless of its dimension and 4,365-pound suppress excess weight, as fleet of foot. The throttle tip in is adequately sensitive and ahead of prolonged you have operate through 5 gears and are nearing triple-digit speeds without any drama. The four.four-liter turbocharged V8 pushes all the way to redline prior to a butter-gentle change from the ZF eight-speed automated transmission.


The 550i is quieter than you would count on. The weighty doors and sound-deadening content preserve out the wind and street sounds, and however the engine as effectively. It is genuinely about easy speed in the 550i, especially when the suspension is set to comfort.

The four travel configurations alter the engine map, transmission and suspension settings. Complete activity turns the traction manage off and truly buttons items down for "spirited" driving, while ease and comfort moves the 550i into Mercedes territory for smoothness and isolation. I held the automobile in sport additionally most of the night, but I experienced to remain vigilant, any random pothole could be a tire killer. We discovered that high-priced lesson with our prolonged-phrase BMW 550i xDrive tester. It ate six or 7 Goodyear runflat tires in one year.

I did get pleasure from the thick M Sport steering wheel that arrives with the M Sport deal. It costs $ 3,800 but involves the adjustable suspension, 19-inch wheels, anthracite headliner and multi-contour seats. As much as other choices go, I would ditch the $ three,500 Driver Assistance deal, even though I did appreciate the heads-up screen. The Ease package deal can go but the top quality audio system ought to stay.


The audio features work by way of the iDrive setup, which looks to enhance every single year. My only complaint is with the iPod features that looks additional convoluted. Tapping your way via the menus will not perform a song, you have to locate a track checklist and scroll down to initiate. I believe some other techniques perform far better in this regard, Hyundai becoming one particular of them.

People in winter weather could want to seem at the all-wheel-push edition of the BMW 550i, specifically given that it only fees $ 2,300 far more than the rear-wheel-travel design. It will not create the type of tail-wagging, rubber-burning enjoyable that fanatics really like, but on the slick things it's like an Arctic Cat for the road.

The particular person seeking to get this automobile would most likely be cross shopping the Mercedes-Benz E550 4Matic, which expenses $ 60,400, or the supercharged Audi A6, which stickers for $ fifty,400. The only dilemma is that the Audi does not offer you a V8 or rear-wheel drive, and the Mercedes offers you the V8, but you have to consider all-wheel travel with it. As it stands, if you want a mid-sized luxurious sports sedan with a V8 and rear generate, it truly is likely to be a BMW.

By JAKE LINGEMAN

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