BMW Tinkers with 5 Series
MUNICH, GERMANY - To the casual observer, the updated 2008 BMW 5 Series will appear identicalto the 2007 model. What’s different are some very slight exteriormodifications, updated engines — including one entirely new power plant — andmore standard and optional comfort features, according to www.boston.com.
Newexterior trim included in the 550i’s optional Sport Package gives the car theappearance of the more expensive, performance-oriented M5, but without theadditional $20,000 that the 500-horsepower rocket commands. I tested the new550i with the Sport Package, which adds 19-inch wheels and tires, moreaggressive front and rear body panels and black tailpipes.
There arethree distinct 5 Series models. The main difference among them is what’s underthe hood and how it impacts the driving experience. The entry-level 5 Series isthe 528i, replacing the 2007 525i. The 528i is powered by a 230-hpinline-six-cylinder engine.