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2018 BMW M550i xDrive is the M5 you might be able to afford

Can't afford an all-out M5? Take a look at its little brother.

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The BMW M550i is not a full-on M vehicle. As an M Performance car, think of it as a step above a top-of-the-line 540i M Sport.

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The M550i gets a stiffer chassis than the regular 5-series that lowers the car by almost half an inch, a sports exhaust and larger, M Sport brakes.

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Under the hood is BMW's twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 engine with 456 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque.

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That power plant is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

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All-wheel drive makes the M Performance a good choice for those who may have to deal with a bit of inclement weather.

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Comfort mode is great for commuting, but the car wakes up and says hello in Sport and Sport Plus modes. 

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Lane-keeping and traffic jam assist systems work together to steer the M550i without any input from the driver on highways.

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The interior is all leather, all the time, with comfy seats and more than enough room to spread out. 

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Apple CarPlay is available as a $300 option. Android Auto is not on the table at all. 

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The 2018 BMW M550i starts at $72,100. Keep scrolling for more photos of this sporty sedan.

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