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The all-wheel-drive editions of the 2011 BMW 5 Series won't be arriving stateside until October, but at least we now knowwhat the latest xDrive models will cost. The 535i xDrive kicks off at $52,775 while the twin-turbo V8-powered 550i xDrive will set you back a minimum of $62,875. Both prices including an $875 destination charge.

The xDrive system on the new 5 Series is not quite as sophisticated as the clutch-controlled torque vectoring on the X6, but it can utilize individual braking on the rear wheels to send torque to either side as needed to counteract oversteer or understeer. The central clutch pack also defaults to sending 80 percent of the torque to the rear axle to minimize understeer and retain BMW's familiar driving dynamics, shifting the balance to the front only when needed for traction. All xDrive 5 Series models also get hill descent control to maintain a constant speed when going down a slippery grade. See the press release after the break for all the details.

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Pricing Announced for 2011 BMW 5 Series xDrive Sedan Models

535i xDrive and 550i xDrive to arrive in October 2010.

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – June 18, 2010...Just as BMW enthusiasts across the nation begin taking delivery of the new 2011 535i and 550i Sedans, BMW is pleased to announce pricing and availability for the xDrive variants of the sixth-generation 5 Series. Arriving in October 2010, the 2011 535i and 550i xDrive Sedans will retail for $52,775 and $62,875, respectively, including $875 Destination and Handling. These prices represent a $2300 premium over their traditional rear-wheel drive counterparts.

For the new 5 Series, xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive has been updated to match the performance and character of the 7 Series xDrive models introduced last year. BMW's Integrated Chassis Management (ICM) is able to identify and limit understeer by shifting torque rearward (initially 80% to the rear axle) while preserving the stability for which xDrive has been so widely recognized. As a second step, ICM can then apply a precise combination of throttle and individual rear-corner braking in order to maintain neutral handling in a corner - regardless of road surface conditions.

Every BMW xDrive model receives standard Hill Descent Control. This selectable function allows the driver to descend slopes in extremely slippery conditions while maintaining control at a pre-set speed.

Additionally, all 2011 5 Series xDrive models feature BMW's 8-speed automatic transmission, celebrated for smooth shifting, sportiness, and efficiency. Compared to the excellent 6-speed automatic in the previous-generation 5 Series, the 8-speed's wider spread of ratios allows the engine to run at lower speeds for improved efficiency. Yet even with this capability, the steps between adjacent gears are reduced; this means a stronger, smoother flow of power during acceleration. To minimize response times and maximize acceleration, downshifts can be made directly between top gear and the lowest available gear for the current road speed.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Being the only large luxury sedan you get still get with a stick, it will remain on my dream list for a while. Even if the AWD models are automatic only, at least they offer a proper 3-pedal option on all 3 engines.
      • 5 Years Ago
      While I like the overall design language of BMW, I cannot
      let go of the idea that I can get more for my money with brands
      such as the INFINITI M and (dare I say) Genesis 4.6..

      The interiors on BMWs haven't seemingly changed since my best
      bud bought one in 2003.. It reminds me of my grandmother's living room.
      *Dull and Boring*
      • 5 Years Ago
      But will a 550 xdrive be available with a manual? That's what I want.
        • 5 Years Ago
        According to the press release:

        "Additionally, all 2011 5 Series xDrive models feature BMW's 8-speed automatic transmission, celebrated for smooth shifting, sportiness, and efficiency"

        So unless if they make the manual transmission an opt-in option (like for some of the US versions of existing models), then it sounds like it's /the/ only transmission available for xDrive models.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The front just ruins the rest of the car for me.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Front end is a little strange, but seeing as how I can't afford it anyway...
      • 5 Years Ago
      "Way more features"? Um... try a whopping TWO; Navigation and satellite radio (both of which are included in a basic optional package on the Bimmer)

      My point exactly, optional packages on the BMW. Thank you.

      "far less sporty handling"
      I can't say if you have driven either of these cars for comparisons sake, but I have. The XF has, hands down, the best road feel and handling of any cars in it's class. Not to mention all the extra weight the 5 series is lugging around with it's all wheel drive system.
      As for the 5 series EASILY matching the XF's acceleration, sure the 535i matches the XFs acceleration. Go find the numbers for the 535i X-drive.

      ....And the 5 series looks like a dog's breakfast.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes, but there are also features on the 5-series that arent even optional on the XF. Does the XF have active steering, active roll stabilization, or active body control? Does it have night time driving assist? And my point was to contest your usage of the term "way more". I went down the standard features list of both cars and found only 2 on the Jag's that werent on the Bimmer's.

        And i have not driven the XF (yet) so i cant comment from a personal experience, but after reading multiple comparison tests involving the Jag XF and E60 5-series (particularly the one on Car and Driver), I find it VERY hard to believe your best in class claims of the Jag's handling. Not accusing you of lying, like i said i havnt driven the XF, im just basing that off of what professional drivers and road test editors had to say.

        And do you really think it would be fair to compare the handling and acceleration of an AWD car to the Jag with RWD? I was just trying to compare apples to apples. The Jag XF should DARN WELL handle and accelerate faster than the 535i with 250lbs of extra AWD weight.

        And your last comment about the 5-series' aesthetics are strictly SUBJECTIVE. Your opinions dont mean a thing. (Although i do agree the Jag looks better).
      • 5 Years Ago

      Skip to 3.50. If you say this system is even less complex than the x6... then xdrive = epic fail.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Oh great, another ignorant commenter. So obviously you didnt hear any of the backlash TopGear got after that road test, did you? Turns out their tested model was equipped with the sport package that also added high performance (aka not all-season) 20 inch tires. Now also factor in the fact that that car has 400hp and 400 ft-lbs and forget it, ANY car with 20" sports tires and that much power is gonna be virtually immobilized in even a centimeter of snow no matter how sophisticated the all wheel drive system, traction control, and stability control systems are.

        So in short, id say your attempt at berating BMW's X-Drive system was an "epic fail".
        • 5 Years Ago
        Those are really 20" with summer tires on the rover. Check the rover webpage. In US those are standard on the 2009- Supercharged models and in UK are available on the Vogue SE models (Not sure about the model years).

        I has to be a pretty crummy all wheel drive system not to make it up a grassy hill, 20" or not. I'm not even talking about the snow. Snow with summer tires is idiocy, and not a fair assessment.

        I do however have a few friends with X5's in the US without the 20's who can't make it out of their driveway in a light drizzle of snow. So I'll take the video proof + plus life experience and word of mouth as a testament to the suckyness of BMW AWD.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I so heavily doubt the Rover was wearing sports tires. Knowing TopGear and their undeniable disdain for BMW, they probably staged that whole scene and put freakin off-roading tires on the Land Rover as far as im concerned. I know im sounding a little sterotypical right now, but the Brits will do ANYTHING to make "their" cars look superior. In fact, the only non-British originated brand you ever see TopGear or FifthGear praising is Mercedes, and the only BMWs Jeremy Clarkson approves of are the //M Models. If it isnt a Benz, Jag, Aston Martin, Rover, or M5, they will turn the entire episode into a satire of the car theyre testing and will explore all of its flaws and virtually non of its merits. That's the truth.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The rover in the background is also wearing 20" with summer tires.

      • 5 Years Ago
      BMW is all about exciting cars. I have one and I LOVE it's driving dynamics. AND - their marketing plan is brilliant. Look at how many people post here if it's a BMW blog. Usually double. I'm sure BMW thanks you.
      • 5 Years Ago
      starts at $53k but when equipped with such exotic options as a sunroof and leather will surely break $60k. No worry to most buyers as it's all about the lease payment. So much for the weak Euro helping pricing. I wonder what the excuse is.
      • 5 Years Ago
      at least u knew the Bangle version wuz a 5...this looks wayyy 2 much like a 3, especially from the side!
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