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BMW ups the 5 Series ante with new 540i and 550i
BMW's 5 Series range gains 225kW 4.0-litre 540i and 270kW 4.8-litre 550i V8 variants
7 Mar 2006
BMW has refreshed its 5 Series line-up with the arrival of two new V8-engined models – the 540i and 550i – which slot in between the six-cylinder 5 Series models (525i and 530i) and the range-topping 373kW V10-engined M5.
Available now and priced from $135,500, the 540i uses a 4.0-litre V8 that develops 225kW and 390Nm. In turn, the $162,400 550i uses a 4.8-litre V8, which produces 270kW and 490Nm and replaces the previous 4.4-litre engine found in the 545i.
Both are mated to a six-speed Steptronic automatic transmission.
Compared with the six-cylinder 530i, the 540i gains the following: chrome exhaust extensions, alarm, lumbar support, headlight washer system, adaptive HID headlights, 18-inch Star-spoke light alloys, navigation system, TV, voice recognition and high-beam assist.
The 550i adds a heads-up display to this extensive list, while both new 5 Series variants feature the redesigned iDrive Controller and a start/stop button on the instrument panel.
The latest generation DSC+ is now standard across the 5 Series range, including Hill Start Assist, a Brake Standby function, Brake Drying function, Brake Fade Compensation and Comfort Stop features.
Bluetooth mobile phone preparation will become standard on 2006 525i, 530i Touring, 530i and 530d models, in addition to a 10 speaker Hi Fi system on 530i, 530d and 530i Touring models.
In addition, with the inclusion of new start-stop buttons for 5 Series, Comfort Access becomes available as an option across the model range.
Borrowd from the facelifted 750i flagship sedan, the 4.8-litre V8 also poweres the 6 Series coupe and convertible for 2006, with both 650Ci models replacing the 645Ci.
They offer the same increase in power and torque as the 550i does over the previous 545i: 25kW more power and 40Nm more torque.
The 4.8-litre V8 improves the 650i Coupe's 0-100km/h acceleration to 5.5 seconds, while the convertible now takes 5.8 seconds. Fuel consumption for the 650Ci is 11.1 litres per 100km on the combined cycle, while the convertible now uses 11.7L/100km on the same cycle.
2006 5 Series pricing:525i (a): $93,900
525i with M Sport Package (a): $98,900
530i (a): $112,500
530i with M Sport Package (a): $116,500
530d (a): $114,500
530d with M Sport Package (a): $118,500
530i Touring (a): $118,500
530i Touring with M Sport Package (a): $122,500
540i (a): $135,500
540i with M Sport Package (a): $139,000
550i (a): $162,400
550i with M Sport Package (a): $165,400
M5 (SMG): $229,400
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