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Old 04-24-2007, 08:18 PM
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Old 04-25-2007, 12:08 AM
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I think the author is overstating his case, when he says that the 535i is so much lighter than the 550i with the v8. there is only a difference of about 243 lbs between the two cars with the auto trans and the 550i has a power to weight ration of 10.96 lbs per horsepower compared to 12.34 for the 535i. He also goes on about the great weight distribution of the 535i, implying that it is so much better than the other 5 series cars. However, there is little difference between the 550i and the 535i. In fact, the 550i actually is better balanced according to the 2008 brochure it is 51.7/48.3 front to rear distribution and the 535i is 51.8/48.2 with the auto trans. I am sure the 535i is an awesome car, but I don't like to see someone making unsubstantiated statements as this guy was doing.
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Originally Posted by CWG' post='417559' date='Apr 25 2007, 09:08 AM
...there is only a difference of about 243 lbs between the two cars with the auto trans and the 550i has a power to weight ration of 10.96 lbs per horsepower compared to 12.34 for the 535i....
I'm sure your figures are right but 243lbs is two passengers (well, maybe one in some circumstances!!) and must be about 6 or 7%.

As for power to weight ratio... isn't 12.34(535i) BETTER than 10.96(550i).... (Power/Weight)....

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"There is an extra crease on the hood of the car, giving a more aggressive appearance."

Really? I had not heard about this "impulse."
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I think the poor guy mix up things; the bonnet has a more marked crease and underneath the doors you have a new crease to underline the "dynamic" of the car.
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Originally Posted by CWG' post='417559' date='Apr 25 2007, 03:08 AM
He also goes on about the great weight distribution of the 535i, implying that it is so much better than the other 5 series cars. However, there is little difference between the 550i and the 535i. In fact, the 550i actually is better balanced according to the 2008 brochure it is 51.7/48.3 front to rear distribution and the 535i is 51.8/48.2 with the auto trans.
The weight distribution of both cars is too close (.1% difference) to declare one "better balanced" over the other.

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Originally Posted by BMWSTL' post='417629' date='Apr 25 2007, 02:15 PM
The weight distribution of both cars is too close (.1% difference) to declare one "better balanced" over the other
If the difference in engine (associated) weight is 243 lbs does BMW throw another "243 lbs" to the rear to keep the front-rear balance?

What gives?
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I guess it's safe to say this guy is not a member of E60.net!
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Originally Posted by aybeesea' post='417572' date='Apr 25 2007, 04:14 AM
I'm sure your figures are right but 243lbs is two passengers (well, maybe one in some circumstances!!) and must be about 6 or 7%.

As for power to weight ratio... isn't 12.34(535i) BETTER than 10.96(550i).... (Power/Weight)....

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ABC, he's talking weight to power, not power to weight. His wording is not totally clear, but I believe that the 535 weighs 12.34 lbs per 1 hp vs the 550 which weighs 10.96 lbs per 1 hp. Therefore the 550 has better weight to hp ratio (less weight per 1 hp in the 550)
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Originally Posted by kscarrol' post='417679' date='Apr 25 2007, 04:30 PM
ABC, he's talking weight to power, not power to weight.
Ahhh I see. The ratio described as "power to weight" actually meant "weight to power"...

"weight to power" is rarely used since, in this case, "smaller is better" and therefore counter-intuitive when talking about performance.

I wonder if the ratios based on HP or PS?

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