This article discusses notable features, pricing, and some specifications for the 2005 BMW 5 Series sedan and wagon, which was styled by the maker of the Fiat 132 and the Alfa Romero Alfetta.
BMW, properly titled Bavarian Motor Works, began in a small German town in 1922 when aircraft maker Gustav Otto and engine designer Karl Rapp merged to develop aircraft engines. After the Treatise of Versailles made it illegal for Germans to work on planes, BMW's focus changed to luxury road-vehicles. Today BMW is a leader in producing high-end vehicles, and is the parent of the acclaimed Rolls-Royce brand.
The 5 Series got its name by being the fifth 'new series' car; it was intended to replace the smaller new Class sedan and was styled by the maker of the Fiat 132, and the Alfa Romero Alfetta. The 2005 5-series line is comprised of a 4-door, 5-passenger luxury sedan, and a high end sports wagon; according to Automotive.com, www.automotive.com, the BMW 5-Series offers all of the features, comfort, and convenience of full-size luxury sedans along with the sporting character of smaller ones with a compromise between interior space and physical size.
The 5-Series is available in the 525i Sedan, which is equipped with a standard 184-horsepower engine, and the 545i Sedan, which has a 325-horsepower V8 engine. According to Edmunds, www.edmunds.com, the 525i Sport Wagon has a 184 horsepower engine and can do 0 to 60 mph in 8.8 seconds. The 5-series comes with the option of a 6-speed automatic transmission or a 6-speed manual one. BMW completely redesigned its 5 Series for the 2004 model year.
The BMW 5-Series sedans start at a retail price of $41,800, and the wagon begins at $38, 000.
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