Compare 2011 BMW 5-Series vs 2011 BMW M3

2011 BMW 5-Series
2011 BMW M3
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4-Door Sedan RWD 528i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan RWD 528i 22 32 $41,445 $45,050
4-Door Sedan RWD 535i 19 28 $46,090 $50,100
4-Door Sedan AWD 535i xDrive 19 29 $48,210 $52,400
4-Door Sedan RWD 550i 15 22 $55,385 $60,200
4-Door Sedan AWD 550i xDrive 16 24 $57,500 $62,500
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4-Door Sedan
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan 14 20 $51,430 $55,900
2-Door Coupe 14 20 $54,190 $58,900
2-Door Convertible 13 20 $62,145 $67,550
Pricing
Invoice Price
$41,445
$51,430
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$45,050
$55,900
Monthly Payment Estimate
$751 / month
$932 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.8
8.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
The new 2011 BMW 5-Series might be a conservative evolution in terms of styling and design, but it’s a quite radical one with regard to how BMW’s most important model drives. Stunning performance is still the calling card for the 2011 BMW M3; the weight it's gained may just be a sign of its success.
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Fuel Economy
City
22 mpg 14 mpg
Highway
32 mpg 20 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Compact
Number of Passenger Doors
4 -
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
36.1 34.6
Front Head Room (in)
39.1 38.5
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.3 55.4
Second Head Room (in)
38.0 37.5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.2 55.1
Front Leg Room (in)
41.4 41.5
Passenger Volume (ft³)
100.5 93.0
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
63.0 60.6
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.6 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
193.1 180.4
Height, Overall (in)
57.6 57.0
Track Width, Rear (in)
64.1 60.6
Wheelbase (in)
116.9 108.7
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
73.2 71.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
14 12.0
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.0 x 1.4 14.2 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.0 x 0.9 13.8 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr-Assisted
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.5 16.6
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
17.1 12.5
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
- TBD - 38.4
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
225/55R17 P245/40ZR18
Spare Tire Size
NA NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
225/55R17 P265/40ZR18
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3792 3726
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.0 18 x 8.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.0 18 x 9.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
6.5 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
210 180
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
230 @ 2600-3000 295 @ 3900
Engine Order Code
N52 NA
Displacement
3.0L/183 4.0/244
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
240 @ 6600 414 @ 8300
Engine Type
Gas I6 Gas V8
Fuel System
EFI Direct Injection
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
25 16
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
32 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
22 14
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.87
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.71 4.06
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.84 NA
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
2.11 1.58
Trans Type
8 6
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.29 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.30 3.68
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
3.14 2.40
Trans Order Code
205 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.39 3.85
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.67 1.19
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/manual shift Manual
Summary
Body Style
4dr Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
BMW 5 Series BMW M3
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Twin-Tube Gas-Pressure Shock Absorbers w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Integral-V Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Twin-Tube Gas-Pressure Shock Absorbers w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Multi-Link Double-Wishbone MacPherson Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.5 11.6
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
6 1
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
-
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
-
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
-
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
-
Overall Side Crash Rating
-
Side Barrier Rating
-
Side Barrier Rating Driver
-
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
-
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
-
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
-
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
-
Rollover Rating
-

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