Now that’s a first. One of the newly released BMWs makes their way in our hometown Chicago before they reach the BMW dealerships in the area. The folks over at ConsumerGuideAuto spotted the car somewhere in the Chicagoland area and this is one of the first 5 Series seen in a black color.
The new 5 Series is set to debut here in the U.S. at New York Auto Show and shortly after to become available at dealerships across the country.
Even though official pricing has yet to be announced, Munich executives told the press that the base price of the 2011 BMW 535i would stay the same as the 2010 BMW 5 Series or might even be slightly lower than the current E60 models.
At launch, the new BMW 5 Series Sedan will be available with one V-8 and one inline-6 gasoline engine. The top-of-the-range BMW 550i arrives with BMW’s “reverse-flow” V-8 engine featuring twin turbochargers and High Precision direct injection for maximum output of 400 hp. The new inline-6 of the BMW 535i features a single twin-scroll turbocharger, High Precision direct injection, and, for the first time, VALVETRONIC throttle-less intake technology. It delivers a maximum output of 300 hp and 300 lb-ft. The 535i and 550i will be available with a choice of 6-speed manual transmission, BMW’s new 8-speed automatic transmission, or new “Sport Automatic” 8-speed.
Later, the BMW 528i will debut with a 240 hp inline-6 featuring lightweight magnesium-aluminum construction and VALVETRONIC throttle-less intake technology for efficiency and unparalleled responsiveness.
More on the 2011 BMW 5 Series on Monday when we will report live from Portugal.
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