March 25 2010

BMW Sets Pricing for 2011 5 Series Range

With the New York Auto Show just days away, BMW has finally announced pricing for the new 2011 5 Series sedan, which will make their North American debut there. Two models will be offered initially — the 300-hp 535i and the 400-hp 550i.

The 535i will feature BMW's new N55 single-turbo, 3.0-liter inline-six engine that produces 300 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque. Pricing for the base model 535i will begin at $50,475, including the customary $875 destination charge. A twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 will power the 550i, with output reaching 400 horsepower and 442 lb-ft. The base price for this model will start a little more than ten-grand higher at $60,575.

Both models feature an extensive list of standard features, and in true BMW fashion, an even longer list of options. Six-speed manual transmissions are standard in both models, with an eight-speed automatic available at no additional charge. A Sport Automatic is also available for more performance-minded buyers, with paddle shifters and more aggressive shifting programs.

The new 5 Series rivals its larger, pricier 7 Series sibling on the technology front, with such options as night vision, active cruise control, heads-up display and a driver assistance package that includes top-view cameras, parking assistant and frontal collision warning.

Later in the model year, BMW will introduce a naturally-aspirated 3.0-liter 528i, as well as all-wheel-drive xDrive variants across the board. A 550i M Sport model is also anticipated before the end of the year, with a twin-turbo V8-powered M5 expected to rear its head later next year as a 2012 model.

Below is the full price list.