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