LS vs. 5 series "my thoughts"
I am a 23 year old, undernourished, underpayed, white boy from middle america. I grew up across the street from "the projects" and somehow always hoped for better things. At the age of 11 I adopted a cat which i naturally named Bimmer. I am completely infatuated with the cars, and seem to always have been. I have always been at unease for the lack of culture and lack of respect for which, in this great u.s. of a. It shows in the clothes that people wear, the music they listen to and Oh Yes.... the cars they drive. Let me give you some comparison's.
Gucci, Prada, Armani........Abercrombie, American Eagle, etc..
Moby, Radiohead, Pink Floyd, Sigur Ros,..... Britney, Backstreet, Creed, Nelly, etc
Jags, Mg's, Volvo, Saab, BMW,..........Ford, Chevy, Oldsmobile, etc
My favorite comparison is the Lincoln Ls. It is a 5 series rip-off. I mean, if you have enough money to buy a Ls, why not just spend a couple of grand more and get a 5 series.
Front engine, rear-wheel drive
V-6 DOHC 24-valve V-6 with aluminum block and cylinder heads
V-8 DOHC 32-valve V-8 with aluminum block and cylinder heads
V-6 3.0 liter/181 cu. in.
V-8 3.9 liter/240 cu. in.
BORE & STROKE
V-6 89.0 mm x 79.5 mm/3.5 in. x 3.13 in.
V-8 86.0 mm x 85.0 mm/3.39 in. x 3.35 in.
V-6 220 @ 6,400 rpm (SAE net)
V-8 252 @ 6,100 rpm (SAE net)
V-6 215 lb-ft @ 4,800 rpm (SAE net)
V-8 261 lb-ft @ 4,300 rpm (SAE net)
Sequential multi-port electronic fuel injection
91 octane (recommended)
Coil-on-plug integrated electronic ignition system
Full dual exhaust with separate catalytic converters, mufflers and resonators for each cylinder bank
5-speed Getrag™ manual, 5-speed electronic automatic overdrive or SelectShift Automatic™ transmission
Unitized construction with front and rear subframes
Front Independent, aluminum Short- and Long-Arm with coil springs, tubular stabilizer bar and anti-dive geometry
Rear Independent, aluminum Short- and Long-Arm with coil springs, tubular stabilizer bar and anti-dive geometry
Front Gas-charged hydraulic twin tube with integral rebound springs
Rear Gas-charged hydraulic twin tube
Type Speed-sensitive variable power-assisted rack-and-pinion
Turns lock-to-lock 3.0
Turning Circle curb-to-curb 38.06 ft diameter
Front 60.5 in.
Rear 60.8 in.
Front Power anti-lock with vented discs (300 mm dia.) and dual-piston aluminum calipers
Rear Power anti-lock with vented discs (288 mm dia.) and single-piston aluminum calipers
V-6 and V-8 automatic: 16-inch 7-spoke brushed satin aluminum
V-6 manual: 17-inch 5-spoke SuperSilver aluminum
V-6 P215/60R16 94H (automatic), P235/50R17 95V (manual)
V-8 P215/60R16 94H
V-6 3,640 lb (automatic), 3,603 lb. (manual)
V-8 3,729 lb.
38.6 front1; 36.7 rear1
SHOULDER ROOM (in.)
57.7 front; 57.0 rear
40.4 front; 37.5 rear
OUTSIDE DIMENSIONS (in.)
56.1 height; 80.1 width (including mirrors); 193.9 length
42.8 front (max.); 37.4 rear (min.)
FUEL CAPACITY (gal)
53.0 front; 54.4 rear
CARGO VOLUME (cu ft)
Now a 540i
Weight distribution, front/rear
Permitted axle load, front/rear
Permitted roof load
Automatic gear ratios (:1)
Final drive ratio1
Top speed1 , 2
Acceleration 0-60 mph1 , 3
City1 , 4
Highway1 , 4
17 x 8.0
17 x 9.0
You are forgetting the most important fact:
Since we're both talking V8's here,
0-60 8.8 seconds
1/4 mile 16.6 seconds
0-60 5.9 seconds
1/4 mile 14.3 seconds
(stats taken from R&T)
How could i forget that. Thank you gamite.
But..........There is so much more to all of this, aside from performance. You guy's might think i'm a freak, but there is an air about bmw's. And i do not mean the people that drive them. I mean when i see a Bimmer, and before i owned them i just knew it was a "top of the food chain" car. Or mechanically superior.
And to have that kind of function with the form (the form being the "look", that unmistakable realization that you were just passed at high speeds by a superior german automobile) is truly a pleasure. In fact it is a code that all of us love and live by. Maybe i take it to far, maybe not. But i think we can all agree that the reason why we drive these machines is because we love them. And wouldn't settle for anything else.
.... ok i have said my peace.
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