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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan 528i RWD
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Trim

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 RWD 550i 15 22 $55,385 $60,200
4-Door Sedan AWD 535i xDrive 19 29 $48,210 $52,400
4-Door Sedan AWD 550i xDrive 16 24 $57,500 $62,500
4-Door Sedan
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe 14 20 $54,190 $58,900
4-Door Sedan 14 20 $51,430 $55,900
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
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
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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
Fuel Economy - City 22 mpg 14 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 32 mpg 20 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Mid-Size Compact
Number of Passenger Doors 4 -
Interior Dimensions
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
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in) 58.3 55.4
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
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 -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
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
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
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
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
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
Engine Order Code N52 NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 22 14
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 25 16
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 32 20
Transmission
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
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Summary
Vehicle Name BMW 5 Series BMW M3
Body Style 4dr Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
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
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 6 1
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 7.5 11.6
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
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Overall Side Crash Rating
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Side Barrier Rating
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Side Barrier Rating Driver
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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
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Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating
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