BMW 5 Series 2011
About this Vehicle
MSRP: RS-/ 3786750
Engine: 3L I6
With the release of the 2011 BMW 5 series, car aficionados are sure to be impressed by the redesigned, more powerful version of the popular luxury sedan. BMW has redesigned it so it looks a lot like the 7 series. but more dynamic and compact. Although the wheelbase in the 2011 model has increased by 3 inches and the length has increased by almost 2, the 5 series does a great job at hiding its size. Although the new version is larger, it looks more sleek and the lines flow seamlessly.
With an estimated base price of RS-/ 459,000,0 the 2011 BMW 5 series gives a buyer a lot for their money. As with previous models, BMW offers 3 engines in the U.S. with diesel being offered only in Europe for the time being. The entry level 5 series is the 528i model with a 240 horsepower inline six and single turbo, direct injection. It features slightly more torque at low rpm than previous models. The mid range models are the 530i and 535i. Both come equipped with a 3.0 liter inline six engine and also feature the new single turbo, direct injection. They surely are not lacking in power and performance, putting out 300 hp at 5800 rpm and 300lb of torque at 1200 rpm. The top of the line model is the 550i boasting a twin-turbocharged, 4.4 liter V8 engine. As with the rest of the BMW line of cars and their ever popular M series, BMW will also be releasing an M5 with a power train based on the 550i engine. After being test driven on the Estoril racetrack in Portugal, testers had nothing but rave reviews about the 2011 5 series versus its predecessors. With a chassis that offers four different adjustment settings, it’s as if the driver is getting four cars in one. Drivers that opt for the Sport Package will have their choice between Comfort (for noticeable softness in ride), Normal (ideal for daily driving and long distance), Sport (perfect when sharpened steering, later shifts and aggressive throttle response is required) and Sport Plus (for loosened stability control to allow drifting). There’s also Dynamic Damping Control which will continuously alter the suspension stiffness based on road conditions.
Interior and Exterior
While you may think that what’s under the hood is enough to convince you to get behind the wheel of the new 2011 BMW 5 series, the interior and exteriors are sure to add to your desire. With this model, the company seems to have reverted back to the last 1990s design for its inspiration. The grilles are more rectangular, the headlights are more squared of and the front appears as if it’s slightly tilted forward. All models feature rain-sensing wipes, a sunroof and power heated side mirrors. Depending on the model you choose, you’ll have your choice between 17, 18 or 19 inch wheels.
The interior of the 2011 5 series offers top of the line luxury even in its base model. Technology is not lacking in this series and there’s more electronic assistance than ever. For starters, the transmission shifter and iDrive controller have been taken directly from the upgraded 7 series line. The driver The 528i features eight way power front seats, driver memory functions, dual zone automatic climate control, power tilt and telescopic steering wheel, iDrive control interface, Bluetooth, BMW Assist Emergency Telematics and a 12 speaker CD audio system with HD radio. Upgrade to the 535i and 550i models and you’ll also have access to adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warnings and even a forward facing night vision camera.
Price and Availability
Due to current economic conditions, BMW says that it does not plan on increasing prices for the 2011 model year, and if it does increase prices, it will only be by a small amount. Pricing for the vehicle (with automatic transmission) may run about RS-/ 459,000,0
The new 2011 BMW 5 series continues to impress BMW enthusiasts. It features adaptive controls providing 4 different rides in one, it’s comfortable for an every day commute and, at the same time, can compete with most on the track. The new 5 series is a definite standout in its class.
Fuel Type: Gas
Curb Weight: 3,814 lbs.