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About the BMW 550

Vehicle Summary

Indulging in a luxury sedan doesn't have to mean sacrificing performance; the BMW 5 Series, which debuted its seventh generation in 2017, is a midsize five-passenger luxury sedan with several powerful engine options and available all-wheel drive. Opt for an upper-tier trim like the 550i (2011-2016) or the M550i (2018-2020) and you'll enjoy the thrill of a turbocharged 4.4L V8 engine, plus tight handling and selectable drive modes.

Shop for a more recent model like the 2018 M550i and you'll be spoiled with BMW's standard xDrive all-wheel drive system, 19-inch wheels with performance tires, and a sport steering wheel for an even more exciting ride. 

Whether you decide on a 550i or M550i model, these top-tier trim offerings on the BMW 5 Series sedan are sure to please.

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Q: How much hp does a BMW 550 have?

A: Horsepower output on the BMW 550 can vary by model year, but the 2016 BMW 550i puts out 445 hp with its turbocharged 4.4L V8 engine.

Q: Are all BMW 550 models twin turbo?

A: Yes, all BMW 550 models are equipped with twin turbo engines.

Q: How much does a BMW 550 weigh?

A: Weight can vary based on model year and whether the vehicle is equipped with rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. For example, the 2015 BMW 550i with rear-wheel drive weighs in at 4,277 pounds, whereas the all-wheel drive version of the same vehicle is slightly heavier at 4,431 pounds.

Q: Does the BMW 550 have xDrive?

A: BMW's all-wheel drive system (xDrive) is not standard on the sixth generation 550i models (2011-2016), but it is standard on the seventh generation (2017-2020) M550i.

BMW 550 Trim Configurations

BMW 550 models have largely been situated as the top-tier trims offered on the 5 Series sedan. From 2011-2016, the 550i was the highest trim offered. After a brief hiatus for the 2017 model year, the 550i was rebranded as the M550i for the 2018 model year, offering standard all-wheel drive.

550i (2011-2016)

From 2011 through 2013, the 550i trim was outfitted with a turbocharged 4.4L V8 at 400 hp and rear-wheel drive (although BMW's xDrive all-wheel drive system was optional). A six-speed manual transmission was also standard, though an eight-speed automatic was available.

From 2014-2016, the 550i's turbocharged 4.4L V8 engine saw an increased hp output at 443-445 hp (depending on model year). The eight-speed automatic transmission that was optional in previous model years also became standard equipment in 2014.

Check out some of the key trim features on the 550i below, which are specific to the 2016 model:

  • 14-way power front seats with driver and passenger memory functions
  • Premium 16-speaker Harman Kardon sound system
  • Keyless entry and ignition
  • Power trunk lid
  • Sunroof

M550i (2018-2020)

The M550i trim was introduced in 2018, offering the same size engine as the previous 550i (a turbocharged 4.4L V8) at a higher 456 hp output. This model also features standard all-wheel drive, as well as an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Features offered on the 2018 M550i trim are detailed below:

  • 19-inch wheels with performance tires
  • Adaptive suspension
  • Aerodynamic body kit
  • Sport steering wheel
  • Keyless entry

Reviews for BMW 550

Overall Rating

4.1 out of 5 (7 reviews)

Great car terrible tires

Bought this cross over car for my wife. Four wheel drive living room on wheels with a roomy hatch. Now those wheels..... Run flat tires sounded like a good idea right? Not so fast my friend. I hit a pot hole on the interstate heading to Norfolk VA. Several days later I noticed a blister on tire and had it checked out. I had two tires that had to be replaced and two cracked rims.... I never even heard of such a thing. Several thousand dollars later, we traded the car in and swapped for a Lexus RX350 and could not be happier. We took a $6k loss on the BMW deal.


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- Brian Stanley, 2013 BMW 550

BMW 550i

There is no other car like BMW550. Specially when equipped with Premium Package, Sport Package, Cold Weather Package, Premium Seats. No Lexus, no Mercedes don't come close. Performance? You are really own the road with 4 L engine that outputs 450 HP while making 21 MPG (mixed mode). I love this car!


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  • Cost to Maintain: It's a BMW. Unless extended warranty is purchased, could be serious $$$$ to fix

- Andre G., 2012 BMW 550

Great car. Buy the warranty!

I love the styling, luxury, and performance of my 550i. It's been in the dealers shop a couple of times already and BMW repairs can get pricey quickly. I'm happy with the car but glad I purchased the MaxCare extended warranty.


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- Brian Hershey, 2011 BMW 550

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