The BMW E60/E61 series is the fifth generation of the BMW 5 Series, which was sold from 2003 to 2010. The body styles of the range are:
4-door sedan/saloon (E60 model code)
5-door estate/wagon (E61 model code, marketed as “Touring”)
The range was launched in 2003 in the sedan body style. In 2004, the estate body style was introduced. The E60/E61 was replaced by the F10/F11 5 Series in 2010.
The E60/E61 introduced various new electronic features to the 5 Series, including iDrive, head-up display, active cruise control, active steering and voice control. The E60/61 also was the first 5 Series to be available with a turbocharged petrol engine, a 6-speed automatic transmission and regenerative braking. New safety features for the E60/E61 included adaptive headlights, night vision, active headrests, Lane Departure Warning and high intensity emergency brake lights.
There are thought to be less than 20 of these V8 550i variants on UK roads; known as a thinking mans M5 with excellent options / infotainment from new.
Exclusive Leather, Bi Xenon Adaptive lights, Heated seats front and rear, Fine wood trim, AC, Electric folding mirrors, 3 x 12v (one front, two rear), Cruise control, Nav + TV function, Bluetooth, Comfort Electric memory seats, Electric sunroof, Adjustable / wrap around headrests, Isofix, Tool kit.
This eminently presentable Carbon black 550i wears an M Sport body kit that compliments the flame design theory beautifully. Whilst there are some expected stone chips to front and a small blemish on the boot the car presents consistently well without any signs of poor repair or abuse.
Shadowline trim and rubber surrounds have survived well with sunroof cassette in excellent condition.
The black leather retains excellent original integrity, with no unsightly marks, stains or scuffs whilst the carpets are as new. A very well specified cabin features Nav plus TV function, Bluetooth, Sunroof and Heated seats both front and rear providing a premium executive feel.
The rear seats look as though they have had very little use, if any, whilst the boot is tidy and clean.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The N62 engine cracks into life easily and is the last word in understated V8 refinement. With almost 370hp on tap it is certainly no slouch and has enjoyed an exemplary service routine from new.
The updated LCi Gearbox is a marked improvement over the original car; smooth with the switchable auto allowing manual override at the drivers leisure.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The Spider sport wheels present well with Continental rubber on all four corners – all showing plenty of tread depth.
The brakes are in fine order and perform as they should with no unexpected drone or squeal.
Delivered new in October of 2005 this engaging Q car has enjoyed the healthiest of service routines.
Having been maintained by BMW on 10 occasions up to May of 2015 and 68k miles, marque specialists ETA Motorsport would assume duties with 4 further service entries for engine oil, front and rear brakes in ’16 and ’17.
A complete book pack and spare key complete the history file.
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