2010 NYIAS: F10 BMW 550i U.S. Debut

Auto Shows | April 3rd, 2010 by 4
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Another model to make its U.S. debut today at the 2010 New York Auto Show was the 2011 BMW 550i, the high-end model in the …

Another model to make its U.S. debut today at the 2010 New York Auto Show was the 2011 BMW 550i, the high-end model in the 5 Series line-up.

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 engine is matted to an 8-speed transmission used in the existing 750Li and 550i as well.

The ZF 8-Speed makes for a strong transmission allowing the driver to experience all-round improved fuel efficiency with higher gearing while also allowing for better acceleration. The two taller gears in the 8-speed are ideal for cruising speeds and BMW has managed to improve the weight savings of the transmission to such a point that there is no additional weight added from the extra two gears. For those wanting to extract and put down power manually, a 6-speed gearbox will be available in the U.S. market for the bigger 535i and 550i.

2010 NYIAS: F10 BMW 550i U.S. DebutDesign wise, the 550i will differentiate itself at the rear-end by the two trapezoidal exhaust tips, as seen in the new 7 Series as well.

Different wheels options will also be available for the new 550i.

The 2011 BMW 550i will start at $60,575, including $875 Destination & Handling.

Photos credit Shawn Molnar

  • etuoyo

    The back looks very nice. Haven’t liked the back on any of the previous F10 pictures I have seen even though apart from the lovely double exhausts on this 550 I believe they all have the same rear end. Must be the picture angle.

  • 100$ GUY

    Too conservative wheel design for a top of the line twin turbo V8 beast.
    Shame on you BMW.
    Why pay extra for another design ? It should come standard.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=680440368 Patrick Lien

    They had the 535 and 550 side by side at NYIAS, and I found it interesting that the only difference between the 35 and the 50 were the trapezoidal exhaust tips on the 50i (and the wheels). Everything else, front valence, side skirts, rear valence, mirrors, were identical between the 2. And these looked to be US-spec models.

    • Q

      AND THE ENGINE

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