The 2011 BMW 5 Series sedan will be priced from US$50,475 when it arrives at US dealerships on June 19.

BMW has announced prices for the all-new 2011 5-Series. The two models on offer, the 535i and 550i are priced at a minimum of US$50,475 and US$60,575 respectively. Both come in lower than their 2010 predecessors, at US$1,650 and US$900 less for the 535i and 550i.

Transmissions available are a new 8-speed automatic, a new "Sport Automatic" 8-speed and an optional 6-speed manual. Engines involved are a 3.0-litre twin scroll turbo worth 221 kW (296 bhp / 300 PS) and 300 lb-ft (407 Nm) of torque, while the 4.4-litre V8 twin turbo motor kicks out 294 kW (395 bhp / 400 PS).

EfficientDynamics technologies include electric power steering, a gearshift indicator, brake energy regeneration and active cooling air flaps. Several weight-saving measures were taken to further aid fuel consumption and performance, including the use of aluminium for the doors, front fenders and bonnet.

A number of items are sold as optional extras and include a Cold Weather Package for US$1,050, Head Up Display (US$1,300), rear-seat entertainment (US$2,200), Active Cruise Control (US$2,400) and heated front seats (US$500).

The new BMW 5 Series goes to market in the US from June 19 less than two months after its debut at the 2010 New York International Auto Show next week.


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