2008 BMW 5-series - First Drive Review - Car and Driver

BMW has made small improvements throughout the 5-series, but the real news is not the relocated window switches. To read about the cars and engines, you're already in the right place. 0-liter twin-turbo inline-six powering the 535i is the headliner of this mid-cycle makeover, a massive improvement of 45 horsepower and 80 pound-feet of torque over the engine it replaces. Shouldered with a couple hundred extra pounds in the 5-series, the twin-turbo 3. 0-liter's delights are only slightly diminished. The 200-pound weight saving over the more powerful 550i results in a car that feels more balanced, with a sportier feel and greater willingness to engage and conquer corners on the roads snaking down toward Death Valley's floor, 282 feet below sea... Even better, the 535i should be good for scampering to 60 mph in the mid-to-high-five-second range, nearly running with the far more expensive 550i. As delightful as the engine and ride are, the car is not perfect. This, of course, is a problem present in all 5-series models, regardless of engine choice. An additional steering problem you can now buy from BMW is an unexpected vibration in the steering. Source: www.caranddriver.com