New Emissions Regs Force BMW To Halt Production Of The M550i xDrive

Right after it emerged that production of the F80 BMW M3 is on its way out, a new report states that BMW will temporarily halt production of the M550i xDrive.

According to BMW Blog, the twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 of the Euro-spec M550i fails to comply with the new Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) that will replace the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) from September 2018.

In order for the M550i xDrive to comply with these new legislation, the German automaker needs to install a special Otto particulate filter. However, this component is not yet ready, thus BMW will pause production for a number of months from the end of May.

Compared to the NEDC, the WLTP tests are more realistic and aim to gather vital emissions data from everyday driving speeds, as well as under hard acceleration and deceleration. Additionally, vehicles are being tested with and without optional equipment.

Despite the M550i xDrive currently failing to meet the standards, 97 per cent of all other BMW models will comply to the standards by the June 1 deadline. The M550i, as well as the M3, however, fail to make that list.

For now, European customers looking for a high-performance BMW 5-Series will have to opt for the all-conquering M5, as it was designed from the outset to meet the new requirements.

more photos...
  • jez zza

    Oh well.. M5 it is than

  • Give VW a call, I’m sure they can ‘help’ with that….

    • gary4205

      !!!!

  • gary4205

    “Harmonized”

    Most people read George Orwell’s “1984” as a cautionary tail of Big Government. The left thinks its a how-to manual.

  • Christian Wimmer

    In an era when everyone is freaking out about the environment, fuel economy and emissions manufacturers are churning out these gas-guzzling performance sedans, gas-guzzling [performance] SUVs and all sorts of gas-guzzling stuff while simultaneously trying to convince us how green they are. Does anyone else find this hypocritical?

Ferrari 290 MM Driven By Moss And Fangio Sells For $22 Million

This Ferrari 290 MM has a rich racing history and is one of the most expensive cars ever sold at auction.

Dallara Stradale Is One Hell Of A Track Car – If You Can Afford It

Powered by a 395 HP EcoBoost four and with a weight of just 855 kg, it is a very fast machine.

Viper Blows Engine, Erupts In Flames And Hits Wall During Drag Race

After blowing the engine and dumping oil on the road, this Viper became impossible to control.

Need A Ferrari Enzo Engine? There’s One For Sale At Just $375,000

The price makes the V12 unit more expensive than an 812 Superfast, Porsche 911 GT2 RS and Rolls-Royce Cullinan.

The Grand Tour Has Been Renewed For Season 4, But Its Drastically Changing Formats

Instead of ten hour long episodes, future seasons of The Grand Tour will consist of a handful of big budget specials.

VW Golf R Gets Pumped Up To 470 HP, Takes On BMW M3 And Mercedes-AMG A45

We live in a time where 400+ hp is considered ‘normal’ for a hot hatch, both in stock or modified state.

Tiff Needell Takes A Spin In The All-New BMW 8-Series

Even the diesel-powered 840d is deemed pretty impressive.

Porsche 911 Targa Slips Into TopCar’s Stinger GTR Body Kit

The Russian tuner adds a number of exterior parts, mostly made of carbon, to make this Targa look more special.

Armored Truck Spills Cash On New Jersey Highway, Drivers Go Amok To Grab Money

The chaos resulted in at least two different accidents.

BMW And Porsche Demo Rapid Charger That Can Deliver 62 Miles Of Range In Less Than 3 Minutes

The days of long recharging times for electric vehicles is slowly coming to an end.