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Watch the BMW M550D Bounce Off the Speed Limiter
Ever wonder what an odometer looks like if it reaches its threshold? We don’t often get to see that because it rarely happens when we’re looking at it but take a look at this video of aBMW M550xd xDrive get pushed to its performance limit. We don’t see anything other than the instrument cluster, but that’s exactly the point. Our focus is squarely on the numbers, and it shows the exact performance ability of the M55d xDrive. It’s no wonder that this car’s engine is billed as the “world’s most powerful six-cylinder engine in the automotive area.” The display even shows the odometer’s needle bouncing off the limit, a clear sign that the car can go faster if the speed limiter is removed.
Before anything else, let’s look at the optics first. The BMW M550d xDrive is powered by a 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine that has no less than four turbochargers in it. Yes, four. All of that translates to a car that can produce a staggering 400 horsepower and 560 pound-feet of torque. Mind you; this is a diesel engine; the power figures speak for themselves. Even the car’s 0-to-62-mph acceleration time of just 4.4 seconds is impressive.
Now move beyond BMW’s reported numbers and pay attention to the video presented by YouTube page AutoTopNL. You’ll see the car actually hit 0 to 62 mph in around 4.7 seconds. It’s not exactly accurate relative to Bimmer’s own claims, but it’s close enough to still be quick in its own right. You’ll also notice the speedometer’s needle reach its full threshold when the car achieved its top speed limit. Take a close look, and you’ll see the needle steadily move towards the edge as the car goes faster, ultimately hitting the 260 kmh (155 mph) limit with relative ease. The needle then bounces a few times, a clear sign that even if the M550d xDrive’s top speed is limited, there are still enough horses under that hood to help elevate the car’s performance beyond its own self-imposed limits.
Put all these elements together, and you have a car that can live up to its billing as the hottest trim of the M5 that runs on diesel power.
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Read our full review on the 2018 BMW M550i xDrive.
Ford Defies Donald Trump; Moves Electric Crossover Production From Michigan To Mexico
Ford has made an about-face on its plan to produce an electric crossover in its facility in Flat Rock, Michigan. Instead of building in its home state, the American automaker will now produce the model in its production plant in Cuautitlan, Mexico. The 2020 timetable for the production of the crossover still stands; it’s just going to happen outside of the U.S. now. Somewhere, wherever he is U.S. President Donald Trump is not a happy camper.
"Ford’s decision is part of a bigger plan that involves making additional investments on autonomous vehicles in Michigan"
To be fair, Ford’s decision to move the production of the unnamed electric crossover has nothing to do with the president. It’s part of a bigger plan that involves making additional investments on autonomous vehicles in Michigan. According to the company, moving the production of the electric crossover to Mexico allows it to develop the car and bring it to “global customers in a more effective way to support our overreaching business goals.” Basically, the Blue Oval wants to use its Michigan facilities to develop autonomous vehicles.
The company said as much when it said that it wants to turn the facility in Flat Rock into an “AV center of excellence. Doing that means moving car projects to other facilities that can accommodate them. It certainly doesn’t hurt that lower labor costs in Mexico would save Ford money in developing what a low-margin EV crossover.
Now that its facility in Michigan is being prepared to become the hub of its autonomous vehicle projects, Ford also plans to invest an extra $200 million to the plant. That’s on top of adding another 150 jobs to fill out the ranks. The company didn’t specify what kind of autonomous vehicle it plans to build in the facility, but it will be a commercial-grade hybrid model that will be likely be used for commercial purposes, including ride-sharing and package delivery.
"Now that its facility in Michigan is being prepared to become the hub of its autonomous vehicle projects, Ford also plans to invest an extra $200 million to the plant"
It’s not surprising that Ford is making this move. There’s already a perception in the industry that it’s fallen behind General Motors in its development of autonomous vehicles. The General has already said that it’s looking to launch its self-driving cars in 2019. That’s two years ahead of where Ford thinks it can launch its own autonomous model.
Ford clearly needs some catching up to do. The company now hopes that by streamlining all its autonomous vehicle activities in one place, it can do just that. Call what you will, but this sounds like nothing more than a business decision.
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Torque Wars Continue as Ford Boosts Super Duty Power Stroke Torque to 935 Pound-Feet
Because pickup trucks usually carry heavy loads other than their bodies, acceleration is important in getting these vehicles to move. That’s why torque numbers are just as important, maybe even more, as horsepower in this segment. This explains why Ford and Ram have been engaged in a perpetual battle of “can-you-top-this?” with regards to the amount of torque their models can produce. Well, it’s Ford’s turn atop the mountain after the automaker announced that for 2018, the Super Duty line’s 6.7-liter Power Stroke V-8 diesel engine packs 450 horsepower and 935 pound-feet of torque, edging out Ram’s 6.7-liter Cummins inline-six turbodiesel engine by five pound-feet of torque.
"The Super Duty line’s 6.7-liter Power Stroke V-8 diesel engine packs 450 horsepower and 935 pound-feet of torque"
It’s an incremental gain, but don’t tell that to these two companies. In their minds, any number that puts either of them on top counts as a significant victory. This constant game of one-upmanship between Ford and Ram has been going on for the better part of two years. Remember back in 2015 when Ram’s Cummins engine came out with 865 pound-feet of torque to wrestle the crown away from Ford’s 860-pound-feet torque output? It didn’t take long for the Blue Oval to upgrade its Power Stroke to 925 pound-feet of torque. Ram quickly answered back by boosting the Cummins’ output to 930 pound-feet for its 2017 models. It’s been a year since any response has come from Ford, but now it’s back on top, taking the crown from Ram yet again by the slimmest of margins. All it took was a redesign of a cylinder head and changes in fuel and turbo boost calibration.
Now it’s Ram’s turn to come out with a response. I don’t know how long it’s going to take the Chrysler-owned company to return fire, but you can expect that it’s coming, regardless if it’s tomorrow, next week, next month, or even next year. That’s life in the pickup segment for these two automakers. It’s not the flashiest of competitions, but it sure makes for good entertainment.
Now if only General Motors can catch up…
ReferencesFord Super Duty
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