Cheetah on the autobahn
By Jim Reed on
2002 BMW 5 Series 540i 4dr Sedan (4.4L 8cyl 5A)
The car is impeccable in quality, fit
and finish and a pleasure to drive.
She easily accelerates to 125 mph and
continues to climb effortlessly from
140. I pushed the accelerate button
from 140 and it took off like most cars
do from 65. The factory limit is 156
mph. At this speed the car is very
stable although imperfections in the
roadway, absence of road crowning and
non-banked curves on the autobahn
become apparent. At 156 mph she turns
4500 rpm, well below the peak hp of
5500 and below the redline of 5750.
Theoretically the car could do 190 but
you would need a good road. Write me
if you have any doubts about the thrill
of driving this car.
The YEEHA which is sandard equipment.
Fuel efficiency was 22.9 mpg including
a few miles at 156 mph. The only
improvement I could suggest.