Numbers can be fascinating: just take the BMW 550i's eight-cylinder petrol engine. Its vital statistics are 270 kW (367 hp) at 6,300 rpm, zero to 100 km/h in 5.2 seconds and 10.9 litres per 100 km. What's more, this Valvetronic-equipped V8 delivers outstanding pulling power throughout the rev range, with more than 80% of its peak torque available from as early as 1,500 and staying online right up to 6,400 rpm. It all adds up to 100% driving enjoyment. The BMW 540i needs just 6.1 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h with a top speed of 250 km/h and 225 kW (306 hp).
Combined fuel consumption: 9.7 to 10.9 l/100 km
CO2 emissions: 232 to 260 g/km
Further information about the official fuel consumption and the official specific CO2 emissions for new passenger automobiles can be found in the "New Passenger Vehicle Fuel Consumption and CO2 Emission Guidelines", which are available free of charge at all sales outlets and from DAT Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH, Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760 Ostfildern, Germany.