• Mar 25th 2010 at 3:32PM
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On the whole, we're pretty impressed with the 2011 BMW 5 Series, and after conducting our first drive in Portugal, we're confident that the F10 Fiver will make its way to the head of the class once again. Next week, the car will officially debut for the North American public at the New York Auto Show, and it will officially go on sale in June of this year, priced from $50,475 for the 535i and $60,575 for the 550i (including $875 for destination and handling).

The first key item to note is the base prices for both models are actually less than the current cars (only slightly, truth be told). However, in true German business-class luxury form, it's the options list that'll get you. Naturally, you'll want to shell out $2,200 for the Sport Package, and we'd recommend adding $2,700 for the Dynamic Handling Package, as well. Other fancy-shmancy add-ons include the usual Premium ($1,800, 535i only) or Premium 2 ($4,900/$2,800, 535i/550i) packages, Nappa leather ($2,450/$1,000), rear-seat entertainment ($2,200), integral active steering ($1,750), active cruise control ($2,400) and night vision with pedestrian detection ($2,600). The full list of options is available after the jump.

Still, even with the exhaustive options list, the 5 Series is competitively priced against its key competitors – the Audi A6 and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. And with a choice of two turbocharged engines, top-notch interior refinement and some shiny new sheetmetal, we're sure that prospective 5 Series owners will be quite pleased.

Photos by Chris Paukert / Copyright ©2010 Weblogs, Inc.

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Pricing Announced for New BMW 5 Series Sedan

535i and 550i to start at $50,475 and $60,575 respectively

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – March 25, 2010... BMW has announced pricing for the all-new 2011 BMW 535i and 550i Sedans. Including $875 Destination & Handling, the new 535i Sedan will start at $50,475, and the V-8 powered 550i will start at $60,575. The 535i receives BMW's newest 3.0-liter twin-scroll turbocharged inline, while the 550i will be powered by BMW's reverse-flow 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8. Both will feature the new 8-speed automatic transmission. Inspite of enhancements such as these, the base-prices for both models are lower than their 2010 predecessors. The 535i and 550i continue a tradition that is the hallmark of the ultimate driving machine – the option of a manual transmission, in this case a six-speed. The option of a manual transmission has been a 5 Series tradition through all six generations since its introduction to the US 35 years ago.

As on any other BMW vehicle, BMW Ultimate Service, $0 maintenance for the first 4 years or 50,000 miles, is included.

The all-new 2011 BMW 5 Series combines a whole new look, inside and out, with new powertrain options and even more cutting-edge technology. Design features emblematic of BMW are to be found at the front with its kidney grille inclined slightly forward.

When equipped with the Sport Package, the new BMW 5 Series Sedan includes Adaptive Drive, which encompasses Driving Dynamics Control, Electronic Damper Control, and Active Roll Stabilization. Optional Integral Active Steering will virtually extend or shorten the vehicle's wheelbase for improved stability at high speeds and enhanced agility at lower speeds.

The top-of-the-range BMW 550i arrives with BMW's "reverse-flow" V-8 engine featuring twin turbochargers and High Precision direct injection for maximum output of 400 hp. The new inline-6 of the BMW 535i features a single twin-scroll turbocharger, High Precision direct injection, and, combined for the first time with turbocharging, VALVETRONIC throttle-less intake technology. It delivers a maximum output of 300 hp and 300 lb-ft. As noted, the 535i and 550i will be available with a choice of 6-speed manual transmission, BMW's new 8-speed automatic transmission, or new "Sport Automatic" 8-speed.

BMW EfficientDynamics technologies are featured in appropriate combinations on each model, including features such as Brake Energy Regeneration, Electric Power Steering, a gearshift point indicator, active cooling air flaps, and on-demand operation of engine accessory drives. Lightweight materials are used to balance the vehicle. Components such as doors, hood, front fenders, and suspension assemblies are made of aluminum.

The driver assistance systems offered with the new 5 Series include an all-new Parking Assistant, Top View cameras, and Frontal Collision Warning with application of the brakes when ordered with Active Cruise Control plus Stop & Go. Other driver assistance features available include Blind Spot Warning, Lane Departure Warning, a Head-Up Display, BMW Night Vision with Pedestrian Detection.

Package and individual option pricing is noted below. The all-new 2011 BMW 5 Series makes its North American debut at the New York International Auto Show and will arrive at US BMW Centers in June 2010.

All-New 2011 535i and 550i Package and Option Pricing

535i 550i
Active ventilated seat Package $2,950 $2,950
Convenience Package $1,700 $1,700
Cold Weather Package $1,050 $1,050
Driver Assistance Package $1,750 $1,750
Dynamic Handling Package $2,700 $2,700
Premium Package $1,800 Std.
Premium Package 2 $4,900 $2,800
Sport Package $2,200 $2,200
Stand-alone options
Metallic paint $550 NC
8-speed Automatic Transmission NC NC
Leather Dakota $1,450 Std.
Nappa Leather $2,450 $1,000
8-speed Sport Automatic Transmission $500 $500
Rear-view camera $400 $400
Stand-alone options (continued) 535i 550i
Split fold-down rear-seat $475 $475
Heated front seats $500 $500
Park Distance Control $750 Std.
Navigation system $1,900 Std.
Head-up Display $1,300 $1,300
Satellite radio $350 $350
Rear-seat entertainment $2,200 $2,200
iPod adapter $400 $400
Smartphone integration $150 $150
Integral Active Steering $1,750 $1,750
Comfort Access $1,000 $1,000
Rear sunshades $575 $575
Multi-contour seats $1,300 $1,300
Ski bag $150 $150
4-zone automatic climate control $500 $500
Active Cruise Control $2,400 $2,400
Night Vision with Pedestrian Detection $2,600 $2,600

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Anybody noticed how tall the hoods are on the recent new BMWs? Crush space to improve pedestrian crash results? Taller nose to reduce leg damage?

      Taller space for V8 turbo clearance?

      There seems no dynamic advantage by reducing the sightlines via raising the hood.
      • 5 Years Ago
      They made it look too much like a 3...It's missing something in my opinion...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Exactly. It's merely a larger sausage than the 3, and a smaller sausage than the 7.
      • 5 Years Ago

      While the looks improved slightly over the outgoing model... it's still... boring.

      Add to that, the rear seat leg room looks very cramped. Why not just get the 3?

        • 5 Years Ago
        No thanks on the options list. Jaguar XF anyone? Most of this stuff is standard on the Jag and it comes with a 385hp V8. Not some inline 6.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Agreed that the new 5 lacks dynamism.

        The previous 5 at least had some personality.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Mercedes is definitely the winner of the entry and mid level luxury line this time around with the C and E Class, with Audi next in line.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think i'd rather get the 2011 Infiniti M37 over this car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Bear in mind that the handling pre-options should be more than suitable for most drivers.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Even if you don't upgrade every aspect of this car, I'm sure it will still be a great drive.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Video or Audio? I want both.

      By browsing the web I found that the most popular TFT recently is LTPS 4.3 in. The output picture quality can compare favorably with DVD. But, for me who love music and movies so much, the cell phone I need must or best support music formats like MP3/WMA/WAV/FLAC and video formats like AVI、RM/RMVB、FLV, etc. If it is possible, I also want a converter to convert my DVD movies to AVI, or H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, MPEG-4 formats that can be played on my iPhone, hope I can get some good suggestions from you. By the way, I am using Ainsoft [url=http://www.ainsofts.com/dvd-to-iphone-converter-mac.html] DVD to iPhone Converter [/url] now; I think it is pretty good for me. Maybe you have other choice; I would love to know that.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Worst car in the world. Never get this car. There is a noise coming out from the engine and it is so annoying. I took the car to the dealership and they told me it was normal. I took it back after I couldnt bear the noise anymore. They told me they know the issue and that the problem isnt normal. They told me they would fix it. I go back to pick up the car and instead, the noise gets louder and much worse. They tell me they cant fix it and that its normal.. I have gone back and forth to the dealership and still, they tell me there is no problem when there is clearly a problem. My warranty is almost out and what theyre trying is seeable. Theyre trying to wait until my warranty is voided and when it is, thats when they will want to solve the problem. Till then, they will say that they cant fix it. I would not recommend this car this anyone.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What happened to the 528i???
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's coming. BMW will sell the early adopters (i gotta be first) the more expensive cars first. Then the "stripper" arrives and the only 5 without a turbo, me thinks - cool!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like this new 5 series a whole lot better than the old 5. It's much more clean and smooth.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'll buy one used in 5 years for 15 grand.... hehe
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes, but consider the costs of owning an Audi/ BMW/ Mercedes out of warranty. Been there and it still hurts. Main mechanicals and structure are very durable but all the fancy tech starts to get finicky right around the 60-70k mile mark, and quite painful in the wallet area. Ouch....
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yep, once BMWs are out of warranty, the value drops like an effin' stone.

        Consider it a discount on all the fun maintenance you'll get to do :p
        • 5 Years Ago
        Uh huh, that's what i'm going through right now.
        Paid $3600 for this e36 & i have $3000 into it within a year.
        Another $3000 and it will be perfect for another ~5 years, but yeah, i'm basically buying the car 3 times over.

        The only reason i haven't lit it on fire is that the drivetrain is in fabulous condition at 170k miles, and nothing else drives like it.

        Kinda miss my Hondas, i gotta say.
        • 5 Years Ago
        damn straight! I bought an '02 525i wagon E39 for $16k in mid '08 with 60k miles. This was a car north of $50k just a few years earlier!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I prefer the previous generation 5-Series. From the side view this 5-Series has a lot of resemblance to a Volvo S80. If BMW would at least add a diesel option which they already offer for the 3-Series and X5.....
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