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Brute V8 BMWs thunder in

2005-10-13 07:40

Hot V8 power for 5 Series

Earlier this year Wheels24 revealed that the 550i and 650i will be replacing the 545i and 645i respectively. Now the newcomers are ready to hit local BMW showrooms.

Under the bonnets of these sizzling Beemers are a 4.8-litre V8 engine which kicks out 270 kW at 6 300 r/min. Torque is a massive 490 Nm of torque at 3 400 r/min.

This engine enables the 550i to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 5.5 seconds, while. The 65ii does the 0-100 km/h sprint in 5.4 seconds, while it will take the cabriolet version 5.7 seconds.

All models are available with six-speed manual, six-speed Steptronic automatic or six-speed SMG transmission choices.



  • Six-speed manual: R578 000
  • Six-speed Steptronic: R592 000
  • Six-speed SMG: R591 000

    650i Coupe

  • Six-speed manual: R751 000
  • Six-speed Steptronic: R765 000
  • Six-speed SMG: R764 000

    650i Covertible

  • Six-speed manual: R826 500
  • Six-speed Steptronic: R840 500
  • Six-speed SMG: R839 500

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