Top Gear drives the 2011 BMW 535i

5-series | March 18th, 2010 by 3
2011 bmw 5 series photos 861 750x500 Top Gear drives the 2011 BMW 535i

Another day and a new review from Top Gear. This time, the 2011 BMW 535i, equipped with the new N55 Twin-Scroll engine, is being put …

2011 bmw 5 series photos 861 654x436 Top Gear drives the 2011 BMW 535i

Another day and a new review from Top Gear. This time, the 2011 BMW 535i, equipped with the new N55 Twin-Scroll engine, is being put through testing by the UK folks.

“It’s surprising how much more fluent the 5-Series is than the 7-Series. The 7, 5 GT and 5 share all the chassis tech (and a whole lot more), but the 7-Series in particular never feels at ease with itself. It’s sometimes wallowy, sometimes clunky, sometimes both at once, and the steering can be indefinite. The 5 GT was far better, and I asked the chief chassis bod why. “Software algorithms,” he said. “It’s all so complicated that we keep finding ways to improve. And the 5 saloon will be better again.” He was right.

The 5 gains from being smaller and lighter than the 7 (or 5 GT), but it’s also simply better developed. Maybe you’ll soon be able to re-flash the ROM of a 7-Series. All that said, while the active anti-roll works well, I’d still avoid the active steering option on the 5-Series, at least for British conditions. It’s for Alpine hairpins and high-speed autobahn driving, at the expense of normal-speed steering feel.

But it’s not just the cornering that’s cup-winning. The 5-Series’s ride is really excellent, both over big stuff and the sharp little zits that often upset ‘sporty’ saloons. And wind and tyre noise are way down.”

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3 Responses to “Top Gear drives the 2011 BMW 535i”

  1. Doug says:

    Huh? I thought the active steering was specifically to reduce power at lower-speed driving, not increase it at higher speeds.

    And what’s this about “four-wheel active steering”?

  2. Doug says:

    Ohhh… I thought they meant algorithms in finding strength strategies for body+chassis parts. Interesting. So this means that there’s enough points of control on the suspension that you can completely change the character of the car.

    Maybe some software nerd will allow you to export handling profiles from Gran Turismo and import to your ECU.

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