To view table with complete performance data and technical specifications including final drive and gear ratios, powertrain description, dimensions, accelerations chart etc. The disappointing Sequential Manual Gearbox previously offered on the 550i is no longer available. What's different are some very slight exterior modifications, updated engines — including one entirely new power plant — and more standard and optional comfort features. This also avoids possible excess oil temperatures and oil foaming. Most folks will need to circle the car very slowly to see the changes hint: check out the head- and taillights. Apart from displacing a substantial 3.
The sedan was launched on July 5, 2003 in Europe and in October 2003 in North America. The twin-turbo inline-six, quite frankly, renders the 550i obsolete, a tool for ignorant status seekers and those with a vendetta against Mother Earth. It felt light and easy to control and didn't rattle my teeth like performance-oriented models like the M5 do. Those character lines crossing the rear end, or the double creases framing the hood, seem a bit overdone. A further advantage to torque and fuel consumption is the cooling effect of fuel being injected into the hot combustion chambers. Styling changes were relatively subtle, and included revised headlights, tail lights and front bumper.
A camera mounted on the windshield near the rearview mirror monitors lane position at all times at highway speeds. A new lane-departure system like that found on various Infiniti models does not warn of wandering with any audible or visual cues, but by a vibration in the steering wheel! Split folding rear seats and ski bag for the Sedans. With new 230-hp engine, acceleration is 7. One press of the Sport button behind the gear lever allows shifts to be made using steering wheel mounted paddles to deliver even faster, more dynamic, changes. Regardless of engine size or equipment level, the 5 Series line delivers lively acceleration, precise handling and outstanding brakes.
The same goes for an increase in the amount of wood trim. We especially like the sport version of the new faster-shifting automatic, which includes paddle shifters and rev matching for smooth downshifts. Under ideal conditions, the engine always runs with its lowest possible fuel consumption. The lead designer was Boyke Boyer. Exterior design: sporting character with new elegance. We're about as happy to see this option in the 5-series as we were when that headache iDrive first came out.
For all the additional power of the V-8, the overtly sporting nature of the car in six-cylinder guise is spoiled. The most striking feature clearly bearing out the new refinement of the car's interior design is the twin-tone finish on the door panels: Black door trim bars at the top and the lower panel section in the respective interior colour, together with elegantly sweeping decal bars, take up and continue the look and the materials used on the dashboard. Not only is the fuel tank designed to remain sealed even in severe impacts, its location has been chosen to provide optimum protection from impacts. Below the doors, the 5 Series side sills have been re-contoured a bit for 2008, apparently to promote a longer, leaner look. But at higher altitude, the naturally aspirated 3. Whereas the N52 has an aluminum-silicon cylinder casting inside its magnesium crankcase, the N54 has cast-iron sleeves inside its aluminum crankcase.
The 535i and 550i models offer a Sport version of the automatic transmission with paddle shifters and rev-matching downshifts. I had to resort to manual-shift mode for the ideal launch and it worked beautifully, with a little scratch off the line that was easily modulated with the throttle. The system can also be turned off via a switch on the multi-function steering wheel or in the iDrive menu. Further performance gain over 535i—5. Control of the iDrive vehicle management system has also been optimised to an even higher standard, the Controller positioned on the centre console and the central Control Display in the dashboard serving to mastermind the Climate Control, Navigation, Entertainment and Communication functions. The softer Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Audi A6 are still sportier than ever, while the latest Infiniti M is the stiffest competition the 5 Series has faced yet — from a performance standpoint, anyway.
In addition to the magnesium construction, other weight-saving materials include hollow camshafts, saving a remarkable 2. This option alerts the driver via a vibration in the steering wheel whenever the vehicle wanders inadvertently into another lane. Two big ticket options have been added for 2008. Wheels described for 528i and 535i Sedans are available on 528xi Sedan, 535xi Sedan and 535xi Sports Wagon as stand-alone options in combination with the Sport Package. Both round off to 3.
That could simply mean we've grown more familiar with the shape, rather than more appreciative. With this moderate weight increase, of course, come 70 more horsepower and those 300 lb-ft. Each of the new diesel engines comes with an all-aluminium crankcase ensuring a significant reduction of weight. For 2008 Package highlights include new contents for both Premium and Sport Packages for 6-cylinder models, as well as a revised Sport Package for the 550i Sedan. Vettraino filed this report from Detroit, with Mitch McCullough reporting from Charlottesville, Virginia. A six-speed manual transmission is standard across the line, but a new quicker-shifting six-speed automatic is a no-charge option.