2013 BMW 550i xDrive Sedan.
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When you can unleash the power of a 400-hp, 4.4 liter V-8 TwinPower Turbo engine in any weather, all driving conditions can seem ideal. And now with xDrive, the intelligent all-wheel drive traction control system, the 550i xDrive Sedan makes that possible.
The state-of-the-art ConnectedDrive system has even more innovative features to keep you connected, wherever you go. New features include Mobile Office, which can display smartphone emails and text messages on the iDrive screen when stationary and reads them to you while driving so you’ll never have to take your eyes off the road. Enhanced digital music functions allows you to view album titles, artwork and even wirelessly stream music from your Bluetooth compatible phone or MP3 player through the audio system.
The iDrive System.
All information, entertainment and comfort features are controlled via the iDrive system. The system features a 10.25-inch, high-resolution display; intuitive controls; and four direct-entry buttons for accessing radio, CD, telephone, and navigational features. Furthermore, the integrated Hard Disk Drive offers an ample 12 GB of storage for importing your favorite music from CDs, MP3 players, or USB sticks. Compared with its competitors, the 5 Series iDrive offers superior ergonomics with a high-mounted display and center console controller. All this ensures drivers’ eyes stay on the road, not on the screen or controls.
Beyond the standard functions, the new iDrive system also accesses BMW Assist® services. The BMW Assist Safety Plan-included for four years at no extra costs-offers an arsenal of safety, security, and convenience services. Trained response specialists are available at the touch of a button, ready to provide you with enhanced roadside assistance. The system also includes Bluetooth® hands-free calling capabilities with speech recognition.
Partnering with Google™, 5 Series drivers can save time by sending a destination from the Internet directly to their BMW before beginning a journey. MyInfo allows drivers to upload business listings, street addresses, and phone numbers to the all-new 5 Series for immediate navigational assistance. Drivers can also search Google maps from within the vehicle by subscribing to the optional BMW Assist Convenience Plan. With "BMW Search," users can quickly find desired businesses through Google’s powerful search engine.
Multi-Contour Front Seats.
18-way power Multi-contour front seats conform to your body to provide optimum support and exceptional comfort over long distances. In addition to horizontal, vertical and angled adjustments, Multi-contour seats include an articulated upper backrest, Comfort headrest (two-way power, two-way manual "relax headrest"), and four way power-adjustable lumbar support. Both driver’s and front-passenger’s seats include memory function.
Driving at night can be worrisome. But your BMW stays alert at any hour by automatically switching between high or low headlight beams, according to oncoming traffic, vehicles driving ahead, and the quality of road lighting.
Just because you can do something doesn't mean you always have to do it yourself. The BMW Parking Assistant searches for a parking space, and does the parking for you at the drop of a command.
Ultrasonic sensors in the side indicators search for availability when traveling at speeds of up to 22 mph. Blue arrows indicate if parking is available on the left or right side of the road, while also taking care of steering as you select the correct gear and control the accelerator and brake.
Rear Seat Entertainment.
The 5 Series includes the option of a dual multimedia, high-resolution entertainment system. The vibration-resistant displays provide both rear passengers with the comfort of their own screen.
Navigational and Entertainment Server.
Now, not only does your vehicle store directions to your favorite locations, it can access the soundtrack to the drive. The 5 Series is equipped with an 80GB hard drive, storing an Electronic Owner’s Manual, navigation system, saved maps, and entertainment server—capable of uploading your music, photos, and files from the CD and DVD reader or USB port.
The Premium Sound.
The 5 Series doesn’t just play music. It offers an immersive 16-speaker premium surround system with nine-channel amplifier and 600 watts of power. The result? Dynamic sound throughout the cabin. When it comes to what passengers listen to through this system, the possibilities are limitless. The optional multimedia adaptor plugs into iPhones, iPods, and other MP3 for stereo playback. Skip tracks, access up to five playlists, store music on the optional hard drive, and adjust the volume through the 5 Series’ steering wheel controls or optional iDrive controller. Over 1,300 nationwide AM and FM stations with HD Radio technology, while over 600 stations also include multicasting options, displaying the artist and track names of songs as they play. In addition, the new flagship also allows for optional SIRIUS Satellite radio, which offers 60 commercial-free music stations and more than 40 news, sports and entertainment stations. The first year subscription is included.
Part of the Dynamic Handling Package, Adaptive Drive combines performance-elevating Active Roll Stabilization (ARS) and ride-enhancing Dynamic Damping Control (DDC). With ARS, active stabilizers at the front and rear axles significantly reduce body roll. You experience greater contact with the road when cornering, and your passengers enjoy a more level ride.
Integral Active Steering.
With Integral Active Steering, at speeds up to 30 mph, a small turn of the steering wheel yields a greater turn of the front wheels for more direct response. It also steers the rear wheels up 2.5 degrees in the opposite direction, giving the effect of a shortened wheelbase for enhanced maneuverability. When changing lanes at speeds over 50 mph, both front and rear wheels turn in the same direction, giving the feel of an extended wheelbase. While you experience greater responsiveness and directional stability, your passengers enjoy greater ride comfort from reduced body roll.
TwinPower Turbo V8 Engine.
The 550i Sedan runs with the unrivaled performance of a 4.4-liter TwinPower Turbo engine. With an authoritative 400hp and 450 lb-ft of torque, the V-8 engine is indeed state-of-the-art.
8-speed Sport Automatic Transmission with Paddle Shifters.
Enjoy quick, comfortable gearshifts, using the gear selector lever or steering wheel-mounted gearshift paddles. The close spacing of the eight gears optimizes acceleration while improving efficiency and shift comfort.
Brake Energy Regeneration.
To supply a battery with electrical energy, the generator (alternator) is usually driven using engine power, which requires fuel. With Brake Energy Regeneration, the generator produces electricity when the driver brakes or takes a foot off the accelerator. Kinetic energy that was previously unharnessed is transformed into electrical energy, then fed into the battery. In this way, electricity is generated without consuming fuel.
It's a simple idea, really: the better your focus is on the road, the more in control you'll be of any driving situation. Our optional Head-Up Display gives you the ability to see relevant information such as speed and navigation directions, without the need to look down and lose sight of what's ahead of you. The readout is projected onto the windshield, in your line of vision. It is clear, easy to read, and even responds to light, adjusting its brightness for daytime, nighttime or hazy conditions, so driving is more enjoyable.
Night Vision with Pedestrian Detection.
Optional BMW Night Vision allows drivers to see animals and pedestrians over 900 feet ahead—in the dark. Utilizing infrared technology from the vehicle’s built-in, front camera, the 5 Series displays potential road hazards on the navigation system monitor so that drivers might avoid them well before they are visible to the naked eye. In the 5 Series, Night Vision Pedestrian Detection technology distinguishes between animals and humans and alerts the driver accordingly. At a closer range, it identifies their position and the direction in which they are moving. If a pedestrian approaches or crosses the road, thermal imaging technology alerts a 5 Series system to display a symbol in the control panel and, if equipped, on the Head-Up Display.
The 5 Series comes with the option to enhance visibility and safety with a Rear-View Camera. Located by the handle of the trunk, it transmits a high-resolution image to the iDrive monitor, as well as optimum driving trajectories for parking and the location of obstacles.
Park Distance Control.
So intuitive, it helps you see things you normally can't. Park Distance Control uses eight sensors - four in the front, four in the rear - to measure exactly how far you are from other vehicles and unseen objects when parking. As your bumper approaches a stationary object, the image on the iDrive screen changes and beeping becomes faster, turning into a constant tone when the distance is less than 12 inches.
Active Blind Spot Detection.
Looking forward isn't just a metaphor for our insatiable desire to innovate. It's also quite literal. The available Active Blind Spot Detection system helps eliminate blind spots and actually allows drivers to avoid collisions when changing lanes, literally keeping your gaze straight ahead. Using radar sensors at the rear of the vehicle to monitor the traffic behind it, this system alerts drivers if a vehicle is in their blind spot by displaying a light on their side-view mirror housings. And on the chance the driver does not notice the warning and signals to indicate changing lanes, the light on the mirror housing begins to flash and the steering wheel vibrates.
Performance and efficiency.
• 4.4-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo V-8, 32-valve 400-hp engine. Combines two turbochargers with variable valve control (Double-VANOS and Valvetronic) and high-precision direct injection.
• Electronically controlled engine cooling (map cooling)
• Direct ignition system with knock control
• Brake Energy Regeneration system
• 8-speed STEPTRONIC automatic transmission with Sport and Manual shift modes and Adaptive Transmission Control (ATC)
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