As noted, bells and whistles debuted in the 7 Series have trickled down to the 5. It too features four-stage Dynamic Drive Control to adjust vehicle driving characteristics from their most comfort-oriented to their most sport-oriented settings (Comfort, Normal, Sport, Sport+). Each progression sharpens steering, throttle, and transmission response, tightens the suspension, and expands DSC stability control intervention thresholds.

The 5 Series can also come with Integral Active Steering at the rear wheels as an option, where at low speeds the rear wheels turn contrary to the fronts at or in the same direction at high speeds, enhancing maneuverability and stability in either situation, respectively.

Active Cruise Control is another option, allowing the driver to automatically maintain a pre-set cruising distance between his car and any foregoing traffic. The 5 Series will actively slow itself if the set distance is compromised. The system also incorporates collision warning that both alerts the driver audibly and independently applies the brakes if it detects that a collision is imminent.

BMW Adaptive Drive is yet another option. Comprising Dynamic Damper Control and Dynamic Drive active anti-roll stability management, it independently adjusts the suspension dampers to the road surface and driving style to preclude any "undesired movement" caused by dips, bumps, or high lateral acceleration.

Other trickle-down options include: lane change and lane departure warnings; Head-up Display to project speed and navigation information on the driver-side windshield; a rear-seat entertainment system with LCD displays and DVD and MP3 playback capability; BMW Night Vision, which displays infrared images on the nav display; Parking Assistant, a system that actively scans for suitable parallel parking spaces and also steers the vehicle into a selected space; Surround View, comprising cameras mounted at the rear, in the side mirrors, and near the wheel well of each front fender to form a virtual "bird's eye view" of the car's surroundings (also shown on the nav display).

Consolidating all that is cutting-edge in Bavarian automobile technology, the new BMW 5 Series might be regarded as the most advanced BMW to date.

Better, it retains the requisite signature BMW driving goodness. Just in case you were worried.

2011 BMW 535i

Layout
Longitudinal front engine, rear-wheel drive

Engine
3.0-liter I6, dohc, 24-valve, turbocharged

Transmission
Six-speed manual; optional eight-speed automatic

Suspension
Double track control arm axle with separate lower track arm level, antidive (f), integral-V multi-arm axle, anti-squat and anti-dive (r)

Brakes
Single-piston swing caliper with 348mm ventilated rotors (f), single-piston swing caliper with 345mm ventilated rotors (r)

Dimensions
Length/Width/Height (in.): 192.9/73.2/57.6

Wheelbase: 116.9 in.
Curb Weight: 3,748 lb

MSRP: $TBA

Performance
Peak Power: 225 hp @ 5800 rpm
Peak Torque: 295 lb-ft @ 1200 rpm
0-62 mph: 6.0 sec.
Top Speed: 155 mph

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