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.
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