Unlike some other updated sedans, the 5-Series also continues its tradition of offering an available six-speed manual transmission, while the rest of the powertrain lineup gets updates. A new eight-speed automatic transmission joins the 5er range, as does the new N54 single, twin-scroll turbocharged inline six-cylinder (535i). The 550i gets the 400-horsepower 4.4-liter reverse-flow, twin-turbo V-8.
Other key updates to the new 5-Series include an updated familial face, underpinnings shared in part with the 7-Series, more EfficientDynamics tech like brake energy regeneration and electric power steering, plus some new driver-assistance tech like a "top view" camera, parking assistant and frontal collision warning systems.
For the full details on the new 2011 BMW 5-Series Sedan, check out our preview here. And be sure to stay tuned here next week as we bring you live news of the 2011 5er's unveiling from the New York Auto Show floor.