BMW 555i to Debut in 2009

Last summer BMW began the process of trademarking for the name “555i “. This began with a bunch of rumors earlier this year that a new 5.5l engine was in the works, we know that is just not in the plans for the 5 at this time. The N63 engine being released in the new X6 ’50 ‘ will be the engine of choice. The N63 is an aluminum 4.4L, twin-turbocharged, direct-injected V8 engine from BMW that will be released officially to dealersrs this May.

The N63 produces 400 hp and over 450 ft/lbs of torque according to BMW. It utilizes a newly developed concept in the location of the turbos. The turbochargers are mounted in the “V ” of the engine and the intake manifolds are located on the sides of the block. This allows for a more compact engine and reduces the overall width of the assembled engine.

This engine features an air-to-water system for the inter-coolers. This is a great deal more efficient and provides a shorter air pathto the engine (reducing weight) than using a standard air-to-air inter-cooler. Like its ‘ sibling the N54 inline six twin turbo this engine does not utilize the usual BMW Valvetronic systems found in naturally aspirated motors.

Expect to see this motor utilized in the 555 much the way the current V8 is. Overall it will be the sportier model in the line up and offer the standard options and features the current model has. The availability of the sport package with aerodynamic body kit option will remain with some slight changes, including limited edition color choices. Choices of transmissions have not been officially confirmed but we have received several hints that point to a milder DCT will be available when combined with the sport package.

With the 5 getting a little long in the tooth we expect to see some interesting marketing strategies in the form of packages, colors and limited edition items, this just being the first; stay tuned!

We also have indications that this engine will be utilized in all the current V8 models and in future models. BMW invested a lot of time and resources into the development of this engine and will be utilizing it across most model lines. Much as in the past certain models will be picked from the get go and the rest it will trickle down to.

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  • Balthazar B

    Any idea where this engine falls on the gas guzzler – greener world continuum?

  • http://bimmerfile.com Michael

    This engine is supposed to get more MPG than the current engine while also producing more HP and ft/lbs. The EPA numbers are obviously not in but do not be surprised if it is a positive 2-3 mpg increase. BMW is very concerned with increasing efficiency and performance at the same time while still offering a V8 for those that want it.

  • GREG

    I’m a bit uncertain after reading your first paragraph…”This began a bunch of rumors earlier this year that a new 5.5l engine was in the works, we know that is just not in the plans for the 5 at this time”

    …you’re saying that the 555i will debut this fall as a 555i–maybe August production/September delivery timeframe? I’ve got a 550i on order for May delivery and this will change things quite a bit.

    Any thoughts that the new iDrive pictured on your site will trickle up to the 555i?

    BTW…your site is without a doubt the finest of its kind–well done, friend!

  • Fizz

    I’d love to see the 555i take on a M5…. even though it doesn’t have limited slip the 555i should provide a fairly even matchup if the two cars are to be tested in manual form….even though the 555i doesn’t have a limited slip it has less weight and more torque which should make a world of difference

  • http://bimmerfile.com Michael
    Greg: …you’re saying that the 555i will debut this fall as a 555i–maybe August production/September delivery timeframe? I’ve got a 550i on order for May delivery and this will change things quite a bit. Any thoughts that the new iDrive pictured on your site will trickle up to the 555i? BTW…your site is without a doubt the finest of its kind–well done, friend!

    Greg, some sites reported earlier this year (1/08) that the 5 series would see a 5.5l engine. That was just flat out wrong. What we have come to learn is that there will be a 555 using the twin turbo. The launch date is a bit fuzzy but we were originally steered towards this fall(production usually stops each August and picks back up in September for a mid-September launch) The main issue is that the new iDrive is supposed to premier in the new 7 in October so that changes things a bit…. will that be held back until after Paris is the question. What we do know is that there will be a beast of a car in the 555 available in the future and indications are for the fall. Like all things BMW stuff can change at a moments notice so do not let that stop you from a purchase. The current 550i is an amazing vehicle. Thank you for the compliments and we hope we can help you and all the Bimmer lovers out there be well informed in a fact based manner.

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  • Chris Chao

    It’s too bad this engine didn’t make it into the new E90/E92 M3. One thing I dislike about the new M3 is its low mileage figures. I’m hoping that the dual-clutch 7-speed transmission has slightly better figures so that it can avoid the gas-guzzler tax which the manual 6-speed transmission incurs. The extra torque would be nice at low revs as well, compared to the racy M3’s engine.

    -CiaoBoy

  • http://Sonyrumors.net illegalprelude

    so im a little confused. Is the 555 going to be a V8 Twin Turbo?

  • http://bimmerfile.com Michael
    illegalprelude: so im a little confused. Is the 555 going to be a V8 Twin Turbo?

    Umm…. yeah as it states above, you know that whole part about the turbos in the “V” and all that.

  • http://www.ausmotive.com Liam

    Just a housekeeping thing, but you’d have thought BMW would have already trademarked pretty much every possible permuation of 3 digit model codes, such as 555i.

    Although, to be even more of a pedant, I wonder how 555 will go in countries where tobacco advertising is banned, haha!

  • PocoToro

    This would be a great engine for a “baby” Rolls Royce

  • http://Sonyrumors.net illegalprelude
    Umm…. yeah as it states above, you know that whole part about the turbos in the “V” and all that.

    oohh. I thought it was replacing the current model that had the TT.. my mistake. Back to ESL classes for me!

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  • VB

    sb can give me the information of BMW 555i? The tourque or the hp?

  • http://bimmerfile.com Michael

    Should be the same numbers as above.

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