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 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 -
Second Leg Room (in)
36.1 34.6
Front Head Room (in)
39.1 38.5
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Exterior Dimensions
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
Track Width, Front (in)
63.0 60.6
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
14 12.0
Brakes
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
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.0 x 1.4 14.2 x - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.5 16.6
Steering
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 -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- 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
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 -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3792 3726
Wheels
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
Spare Wheel Material
NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.0 18 x 8.5
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
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
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
230 @ 2600-3000 295 @ 3900
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
32 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
22 14
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
25 16
Transmission
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
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.87
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.84 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.71 4.06
Summary
Body Style
4dr Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
BMW 5 Series BMW M3
Suspension
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
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Twin-Tube Gas-Pressure Shock Absorbers w/Coil Springs
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
6 1
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.5 11.6
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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