• Aug 15, 2006
We've already provided you with every diminutive detail about BMW's new full-sized SUV, except one, price.

Well, today BMW released the final piece of the X5's puzzle. Pricing for the 3-liter, inline-six model will start at $45,595, an increase of $2,400 over the current model, with the 4.8-liter V8 setting you back $55,195, or about a $2,000 bump over the current 4.4-liter model. Both prices include the prerequisite shipping, handling and various markups.

Sales are slated to begin this November for what BMW has trademarked as the Ultimate Sports Activity Vehicle.

[Source: The Auto Channel]



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      • 8 Years Ago
      Dave and Storm,
      You are both factually correct that the X5 has no real competitors offering a stick, and for good reason -- rare is the person looking to plop down $40-50K on a peoplemover who is willing to row their own.

      But I am one of those people, and the choice is no longer there for me. My concern is that there is a trend within BMW (in the US at least) away from the vinyl clad, plainly styled, stick-shifted driving machine to a luxurious, high style, high price vehicle that all but drives itself.

      And yes, Christine, you are correct that BMW has not completely abandoned the Ultimate Driving Machine tagline; it just doesn't seem to ring as true.
      • 8 Years Ago
      They killed the stick!? :-(
      • 8 Years Ago
      But of course!

      There's a law against a vehicle with three rows of seats having a stick.

      Or maybe it just seems that way.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Anybody have an idea of what percentage of BMW's are sold with manual transmissions?

      Here's the answer: A quick query on JD Power Information Network shows that only 3.75% of new BMW vehicles sold this year (that includes 69,000 3-series - THE driver's car - in the U.S.) were equipped with a manual.

      Now think about the profitability of even offering a manual transmission with such a low ordering rate like that. Hence the decision to axe it on the X5.
      freethinkr
      • 8 Years Ago
      There was once a car company who once thought outside the box and decided to produce a drivers machine. In fact they did it so well that the entire automotive world either sought to challenge them or copy them. Someone earlier posted that this company caters to the masses, I however, don't have a problem with catering to the masses. I have a problem with the lack of a choice. Everyone can't drive a stick, everyone doesn't want to drive a stick. I however, would like a choice in the matter especially if you want me to pay 50k. People who prefer an automatic have plenty of choices, I would like to have my choice in the vehicle i like. Sadly if the trend continues we'll all be driving automatic cars. It seems to me that the same company that started out to create the ultimate driving machine should stick to what makes an ultimate driving machine. Anyone who has ever truly driven a stick will tell you there is no more fun than changing your own gears, especially at highway speeds. For an asking price of upwards of 50k let me have a say.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Sherborn,
      The trend inside BMW is pure profits. like every automaker. These guys aren't dumb. they spend more money offering a stick than they would by not offering it. So guess what? they don't offer it. I drove the X3 when it first came out with a stick and it was horrible. Just horrible. My mother in law leases an X3 with the auto and it is far superior. Just because of how you drive a vehicle like that.
      Plus autos are getting so much better these days. I can floor most high powered autos I test and get a great rush. Some of the newer paddle shifters, especially the VW GTIs, are superior to the available 6-speed. So as long as there are thrills in the vehicles that warrant the stick I'm happy with getting a stick option. An X5 to me doesn't warrant that. if you get the 4.8 and floor it out of a tollway I don't think you'll miss the stick much. The sucker will still move. and I certainly thought the RR Sport Supercharged was thrilling to drive sans stick. You just need some seat time in some of the newer autos to really enjoy how far some of them have come. But yeah when I'm in a vette or something I want a stick too.
      • 8 Years Ago
      In an intellectually honest world the current BMW slogan would be "The Ultimate Client-Impressing Machine."

      Since our country no longer makes anything, and now depends solely on people selling professional services to eachother, the ability to impress clients is something that people will pay a high premium for.

      Besides, "The Ultimate Driving Machine" leaves BMW very vulnerable to challenges from corvettes and miatas, somthing that they just can have.
      • 8 Years Ago
      To my knowledge, all other current BMWs use struts in the front suspension.
      • 8 Years Ago
      come on people, the "Ultimate Driving Machine" label was never removed from BMW. http://www.autoblog.com/2006/08/09/bmw-still-the-ultimate-driving-machine-after-all/
      • 8 Years Ago
      Just noticed that they've fitted a double wishbone front suspension. Do any other current BMWs use an upper A-arm rather than a strut? I've always been amazed by the handling they could extract from struts, which are generally used because they're cheap, easy to assemble, and package tightly.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Is the full price list, including prices for options, posted anywhere?

      Once I get that list, price comparisons will be available here:
      http://www.truedelta.com/models/X5.php
      • 8 Years Ago
      Remember people, BMW is no longer the ultimate drving machine, so there is no need for stick. We can just sit back and watch as each prodcuct gets blander and more profit-focused.
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