2011 BMW 535i – Driving Impression

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It takes only a couple laps of Estoril, the famed Iberian circuit that held Formula 1 races in its mid-1980s heyday, to find that the new 6th-generation BMW 535i handles with the precision and fluidity expected from the marque.

That's nearly a foregone conclusion; has rarely disappointed us in the handling dynamics department. What's more interesting is seeing the direction in which BMW has taken the new 5, treading the delicate line between not alienating the core buyers, and showing the world a brash newness and forward-thinking technology.

The 535i's new 300-bhp 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 brims with technology, being the first BMW inline-6 to combine direct injection, turbocharging and Valvetronic valve control. The 400-bhp 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8 will be offered too (although not available at our press drive), and either engine can be paired with all-new 8-speed automatic or (thank you, BMW!) a 6-speed manual.

The will go on sale in mid-June, with the V-8 version following shortly afterward. It ought to delight the BMW faithful, and pull a few more into the fold as well. (Read More)

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