Purchased the 2010 BMW 500i GT in February. 6,600 miles to date. Truly the most comfortable, fun to drive BMW I've owned. The Sport Package is a must as it adds Adjustable suspension. Comfort mode is great for long highway cruising. Sport mode is perfect for in-town stop light heroes. The GT is a perfect blend of sports car and pack mule. More than enough room in the back to haul luggage or bikes. Rear passengers are treated to an amazing amount of room and comfort. The Comfort Seats up front are probably the most comfortable auto seats on the market. Gas mileage in the highway has been 25 mpg on two 1,000 trips from FL to TN. Around town, stop and go has been 16 mpg.
By far the best BMW I've owned. 2 x5s, 2 x6s and 328ix and my new 550i gt stands out from them all. Quality, great ride, sporty/athletic look (the pictures do not do this car justice. You have to see it up close and personal). Got the 19" upgraded wheels, sport package, loaded, black on black. It's awesome! Get this car!
The car is absolutely gorgeous. BMW knows how to capture the market with its beautiful design. The handling, interior and exterior design is flawless. I am glad going for a 5 series Gt as opposed to regular sedan for its aggressive looks. Can not say enough about it. By the way, it is a great family car.
I opted for the European Delivery option and collected my new 550i GT in April 2010. The pics don't do it justice -- this car is a beauty. With the big twin turbo V8 this was fun to drive in Europe. We hit 130 on the Autobahn (OK, we were not trying hard enough). Drove through Liechtenstein through the Alps into Italy and across highway 10 along the Med -- this was a James Bond drive with windy roads in and out of tunnels. Super cool! The car was great throughout the trip. I loaded this baby with options. The heads-up display is fantastic especially when trying to navigate unfamiliar territory -- it makes a wrong turn much less likely. The new iDrive is way better than before too.
Every car has there demographic, and afew can branch over those barriers. This is defiantly one of those cars. I have never gotten so many compliments from people of all ages. For me personally, this is my 3rd BMW. I've had a 750li and a 530i which were great cars in there own right , but this car has so many more usable features and functions. The ride is quiet and very good over bumps. If you change the setting into Sport , the car becomes a serious sports sedan, with quicker steering, and faster throttle response. The hatch gives the car much more functionality over a standard trunk. I have since traded in for a 2015 BMW X4 which is similar in that it's a hatch, and a real great car. But I have to tell you the 535 gt was a 7 series . It's exactly what the car was with a hatch. To me it was a practical 7 series. X4 is much sportier, amazing that it sits higher but handles like a sports car. Bmw gets copied on every car they make , and it always trickles down through every manufacture.
Sport Package ($4,200 - includes 20-inch wheels with performance tires, leather sport steering wheel, multicontour seats, Shadowline exterior trim); Integral Active Steering ($1,750); Cold Weather Package ($950 - includes heated steering wheel, heated front and rear seats); iPod and USB Adapter ($400).
Twin-turbocharged, direct-injected, V-8
4,395cc (268 cu-in)
Double overhead camshaft
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
400 @ 5,500
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
450 @ 1,750
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
I = 4.70, II = 3.13, III = 2.10, IV = 1.67, V = 1.29, VI = 1.00, VII = 0.84, VIII = 0.67, R = 3.30, FINAL = 3.08
No matter how you launch it, the 550i GT is quick; however, we found the sweet spot in Sport Plus with DSC off and virtually no wheelspin. It took three attempts to "beat" Sport Plus with DSC on, however, so the sysem is well-calibrated.
Medium-firm pedal with little idle stroke and virtually no fade until the fifth stop. How does BMW do this with single-piston calipers and a 4,800-pound vehicle?
Skid pad: With DSC off, the GT tiptoes in understeer. Decent grip, and when Sport Plus mode is selected, the steering feels (more or less) linear and "normal." With DSC on and "Normal" mode selected, steering input (and effort) are decreased. DSC first applies brakes, then closes throttle to quell understeer. Slalom: In Normal mode with DSC on, the yaw response is incongruous with the minimal steering input. That said, the DSC is perhaps one of the best I've tested in that it makes the GT go EXACTLY where the steering tells it to go without the usual overcorrections or stumbling of other systems. With DSC off, the GT doesn't feel as massive as it truly is. Balance is remarkably neutral with slight understeer on the limit.