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Old 03-08-2012, 01:52 PM
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Chris Harris - BMW M550d X Drive Road Test



Chris Harris from Evo Mag test drives the BMW M550d X Drive.
It has more torque than the space shuttle and BMW claims it will do over 40mpg. BMW also says it won't be selling the car in the UK or the US, the places that DRIVE is most commonly viewed. But when something has 3 turbos, you've got to go drive it at 155mph: no?
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This guy nailed the reason why I am inclined to prefer a 550i Dinan S2 or an M5.

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"There's a sharpness about petrol engines that is missing in these diesels. It's a bit of a shame. I don't know why. It's just that slightly soft initial throttle response. I can't put my finger on it, but if you were to drive this car you would feel it too."
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This guy nailed the reason why I am inclined to prefer a 550i Dinan S2 or an M5.
Completely agree. There is something with these nice BMW petrol engines, like they are soft as silk in the low-end but provide athletic accelerations until high rpms, which cannot easily be matched by a diesel. If I had a car budget in this territory, I'm not sure I would by a M550dx. Although it is an amazing piece of automotive technology of course.
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This guy nailed the reason why I am inclined to prefer a 550i Dinan S2 or an M5.
In fairness, gasoline engines with turbos exhibit the same symptoms. Harris owns and drives a GT3 RS 4.0, a car with instantaneous throttle response. The same isn't true for many if not most turbocharged engines, regardless of one's choice of fuel. It's not like the 550i or M5 are lag free nor as instantaneous as the best normally aspirated gasoline engines.
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In fairness, gasoline engines with turbos exhibit the same symptoms. Harris owns and drives a GT3 RS 4.0, a car with instantaneous throttle response. The same isn't true for many if not most turbocharged engines, regardless of one's choice of fuel. It's not like the 550i or M5 are lag free nor as instantaneous as the best normally aspirated gasoline engines.
He was making that comment relative to the M5.

I havent driven the 550D, but I have driven the 335D and there is a big difference in the sharpness of the 335D and the 550i.
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He was making that comment relative to the M5.

I havent driven the 550D, but I have driven the 335D and there is a big difference in the sharpness of the 335D and the 550i.
I don't think a 335d and a 550i can be mentioned in the same sentence. The 550i is worlds different!
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