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BMW 550i 2011 Review

By on June 12, 2011
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Better than three sequels of Fast & Furious put together.

Good: HUD Display, Surround View Cameras, Parking Assistant
Bad: No A2DP Audio Streaming, Cramped up back seats, key holder placement?
Price: AED 375,000 as reviewed. Starts at 350,000
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

BMW’s 5 series needs no introduction, it has been defining the Executive-Sports Saloon genre since the past decade – but with the departure of Chris Bangle, BMW’s controversial Chief of Design many a fan were left wondering what the new guy – Adrian Van Hooydonk would come up with. Well rest assured fellow petrol heads, the new 5 series not only puts the U in Ultimate Driving Machine but highlights it & sets it in bold.

Let’s start with the statistics: the 550i is powered by a tarmac wrinkling, 407Bhp TwinTurbo V8, that displaces 4.4 liters & spews out 600nms of torque. Its so quick that you could sneeze while driving it & end up with a speeding ticket because your foot involuntarily twitched on the gas pedal.

All that V8 power assaults the road with an 8-speed ZF Steptronic transmission that’s able to change gears in 200milliseconds – non-sequentially. That means, conditions permitting – it can downshift from 8th gear to 2nd directly. All this tech-wizardry makes for a very quick car as 0-100 kmph is achieved in mere 5 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited to 250 kmph.

All that dramatic power comes packaged in a redesigned exterior that looks cleaner with softer lines than the outgoing E60 – and in back-to-roots BMW styling features a slightly forward leaning grille. The new 5 series does share a lot of features with the 7 series platform, but all the while retains its own distinct identity. The wheelbase has been extended by 10cms & the car now sits on a wider track. It’s also lower and a bit wider than the E60 – and dare I say it, looks more grown up.

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