2011 BMW 5-Series xDrive AWD


BMW launched the all-wheel-drive version of the new generation 5-series in America. These models are distinguished by an xDrive badge, and currently you can have it with 535i or the 550i.

This new system is based on the same gear they use in the bigger 7-Series xDrive and comes as standard with BMW’s Integrated Chassis Management (ICM) and Hill Descent Control. These are the stuff you usually see in big SUVs!

As for the pricing, each model has a 2,300 USD premium over the normal RWD models, which means the 535i starts from $52,775 and the V8 550i from $62,875.

2011 bmw 5 series 2011 BMW 5 Series xDrive AWD

The ICM system is able to identify and limit understeer by shifting torque rearward (initially 80% to the rear axle) while preserving the stability for which xDrive has been so widely recognized. As a second step, ICM can then apply a precise combination of throttle and individual rear-corner braking in order to maintain neutral handling in a corner – regardless of road surface conditions.

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