I couldn’t just get out of a 500hp Subaru and walk away with something ‘slow’ again. I learned my lesson. I wanted something quick, but it didn’t need to be full-out faster than anything else.
I wanted an automatic. I wanted it to be comfortable. I wanted it to require less maintenance. At the same time, it needed to be FUN. I think I found my match: 2011 BMW 550i.
This particular car had all the bells and whistles: navigation, rear DVD screens, 4 wheel steering (it’s a trip!), light interior (win!), air-conditioned seats, massaging seats (holy smokes its nice!). It’s decked out and SUPER comfy. Driving on the freeway is like riding in first class…almost.
It’s pretty quick, and the steering and sportiness is still there. A spirited canyon drive proved it to be far more potent than I had expected. It handles quite well (for a heavy car) and is still incredibly responsive—with a full-manual option that doesn’t shift for you if you don’t want it to, and shifts precisely when you ask it to.
I didn’t think I’d like it that much, but man, its NICE. From a cost perspective, it was a straight trade basically.