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2008 BMW 5-Series: 528i, 535i, 550i

by Nick Aziz

BMW today revealed the 2008 5-Series, which receives minor visual updates for the coming model year. More importantly, however, the update introduces a new range of engines.

The base model is now the 528i, which features a 230-hp 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine with Valvetronic technology and aluminum/magnesium construction. Peak horsepower comes at 6,500rpm, and peak torque is 200 lb-ft at 2,750 rpm.

Next up is the 535i, which features the same turbocharged six-cylinder engine as the BMW 335i. The engine is rated at 300 hp at 5,800 rpm and 300 lb-ft of torque at 1,400 - 5,000 rpm. The 550i is unchaged for the new model year, with 360 horsepower and 360 lb-ft of torque. The 2008 5-Series range is now offered with BMW's new fast-shifting six-speed automatic with electronic gear selection. Other new options include Active Cruise Control and Lane Departure Warning. Gallery after the jump...