But the lever works beautifully when you use it to shift gears manually. The big difference, of course, lies behind rear roof pillars and seats, where the 5 Series Sports Wagons offer more load-carrying potential and versatility than the sedan. The 5 Series Sports Wagon is offered only with the more powerful six-cylinder and all-wheel drive. Safety equipment includes electronic stability control plus front, front-side and two-row curtain airbags. I credit some of that to the 550i Sport having Active Roll control amazing how flat this keeps the car in corners and non-run-flat tires. This is an extremely rare vehicle, and I have only seen 1 other on the road.
It felt solid and sure. Feel free to pick whichever engine you like, as there isn't a bad choice among them. But while that screaming V10 produced far more horsepower, the peak torque was reached only at 6,100 revolutions — hardly practical in your daily commute. That's more power from a six-cylinder than the V8-powered 5 Series cars had a few years ago. It also has a few too many lines. Iconic, raw power, luxury, simply put, a high performance sedan for the everyday driver.
The available Active Steering trips up its driving demeanor, though; as Car and Driver adds, the schizophrenic steering is curiously twitchy and numb just off-center. Passengers have five-star protection, and all seats have five-star crash protection as judged by the federal agency. I have a 550 sport and it just doesn't feel like the beast it should be. I drove back a second time after a salesman decided not to follow through with a meeting. Dinan High Flow Throttle Body 3.
I'm sure my mileage would be better with a manual transmission, but E60 manuals with the options I wanted were very rare, so I settled for the automatic. The glass window opens separately, which is convenient when dropping a briefcase or a couple of bags in back. The overall look, I think, has been vastly improved. The 550i gets a V-8 with 360 hp. The astonishing tech on the options list sets the lineup apart from rivals.
Good luck I know this is old but just saw it. Loaded with all the luxury you could ask for powered by the mighty v8 engine! Comfortable but sporty and fun to drive. I have not yet dyno'd the car, no. If you do, definitely let me know how it goes, if you dyno'd it pre and post, where you found them and what it set you back. Better dial up the dentist.
For 2008, they're now flat in the armrest on the door, rather the above the armrest on the door panel, and sit right at the fingertips when the driver's arm lies on the rest. While every editor would prefer to sample the auto, our attention shifted to the 550i's real strengths and weaknesses. Night Vision is neat technology, and it works, but it's luck if you happen to see a deer on the screen before seeing it in the headlights. The priciest 20-way power front seats have adjustable lateral and lumbar support and an articulated backrest. Thanks for posting the info! Supposedly, the intake alone is good for 18 horsepower so the full lot of throttle body, intake, exhaust and software should add more than 10% to the output. I had a question about the Dinan intake; are oiled filters a requirement? Download this car's for pricing information.
Even if it's not my own money, I'd say no. I am not sure if someone has done this; until I have a little over a grand burning a whole in my wallet, I will do it myself and see if there are truly any negative effects. In comparison, peak twist on the N62 came at a much more realistic 3,400 r. The seem to offer a huge seat of the pants feel. The same goes for an increase in the amount of wood trim. The top speed governor is removed, enabling the cars to reach their natural top speed. The 5 Series provides a wide range for drivers, especially since models can be had in manual or automatic mode, a rare choice among larger luxury vehicles.
Three big climate control knobs sit below the display screen, for fan speed, temperature and airflow direction. The 550i with its V8 engine appeals to those who put a premium on straight-line acceleration and turbine smoothness. That should leave this 550i right around or just north of 400 horsepower, and mated to the manual transmission the experience should be pretty close to M5 levels. The software safely raises the rev-limiter by 250 rpm, enabling you to carry more road speed in each gear as well as optimize shift points for maximum acceleration. Dinan utilizes the second inlet by running a second set of pipes across the bay there's not much room in there with a nice carbon fiber show-piece tube right up front that then goes below again and hooks up to the second, previously unused inlet. I'm not certain at this point if I will ever mod mine because I'm not sure how long I will be keeping it but if I decide to pull the trigger, I'll be going with Dinan for sure.
That never happened so I say let it set another year! This really is an unappreciated enthusiast platform that lies in the shadow of the big bad V10. They include mild exterior revisions, improvements to the interior and a significant power boost for six-cylinder models. Once you drive one for a while, then get behind the wheel of a competitor's car, you will, only then, really appreciate the tremendous difference. We'd call them an improvement. I added snow tires this winter and can enjoy it year round.
I would even say the car has smoother power delivery and shifting now than before not that the shifting itself is smoother because it doesn't do anything to shifting but that the power out of a gear and into the next is smoother, thus making the shifting appear faster, stronger and smoother. I can't say enough about them! The 172 Wheels does not have scratches nor curb rash. In any iteration, the 5 Series is pleasure to drive, though it's hard to say which model we'd choose. I got the M5 version since it had both left and right scoops and now I utilize both inlets. The limited-production M5 can out-accelerate, out-brake and out corner some expensive sports cars, with comfortable seating for five. The bustle-back trunk, sharp-creased edges and cat's-eye headlights that caused such a stir when the model was introduced for the 2004 model year have helped the current-generation 5 Series become the best-selling iteration yet. A smarter radar cruise control that can slow as well as now speed up the car when traffic bunches and then clears up is the first; the second is a lane-departure warning system that, instead of emitting beeps, vibrates the steering wheel to help keep the driver focused.