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TheCarConnection: First Drive 2011 BMW 5-Series

5-series | January 22nd, 2010 by 5
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First test drive reviews of the 2011 BMW 5 Series are in and so far, they are quite positive. TheCarConnection spent a day behind the …

First test drive reviews of the 2011 BMW 5 Series are in and so far, they are quite positive. TheCarConnection spent a day behind the wheel of a BMW 535i and shared their impressions:

“Browsing the list of new onboard technologies, admittedly, is enough to make any die-hard gearhead a little wary. With the Sport Package that was on our test car, there’s Dynamic Damping Control, which adjusts shock firmness to suit the conditions and driving stile, while Active Roll Stabilization helps reduce body lean, using hydraulic pressure to ‘stiffen’ the anti-roll effect. Wrapping it all together is Driving Dynamics Control, which brings four settings—Comfort, Normal, Sport, and Sport+—that can completely change the demeanor of the car. The 5-Series’ stability control system even simulates a mechanical limited-slip differential to help with high-performance driving. Keeping it all talking in the same language is BMW’s Integrated Chassis Management system, operating on a FlexRay high-speed communications interface.

TheCarConnection: First Drive 2011 BMW 5 Series

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Conclusion

The bottom line is that the new 2011 5-Series feels a little sportier and more expressive than the 5-Series it’s replacing.

Complete review at TCC

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  • atr_hugo

    FlexRay is an interesting piece of technology . . . more on that later. : -)

  • IAn

    Definitely looks better than the outgoing model. One thing that deeply worries me is the fact that new 5 series is significantly heavier than the current one and for most part does not get any additional power. I really, really hope this is not indicative of the next 6 or the next 3.

  • Simba

    very promising car indeed.

  • Percy

    Sounds great; now if it will only do better than the outgoing model’s 3-stars in the side impact crash tests…

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