InsideLine takes the BMW 535i on the race track

5-series | August 26th, 2010 by 56
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InsideLine takes the 2011 BMW 535i on a race track and shares their impressions with us. The new 535i features the new turbocharged 3.0-liter N55 …

InsideLine takes the 2011 BMW 535i on a race track and shares their impressions with us. The new 535i features the new turbocharged 3.0-liter N55 twin-scroll turbo, and equipped with the new eight-speed automatic, the car weighs 3,880 pounds.

The N55 engine produces 302 horsepower at 5,800-6,400 rpm and 295 pound-feet of torque from 1,200-5,000 rpm. The 2011 BMW 535i runs from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 5.9 seconds.

But how does it handle on a race track? Let’s have a look.

InsideLine takes the BMW 535i on the race track

InsideLine review:

Test Results:
0 – 30 (sec): 2.3
0 – 45 (sec): 3.9
0 – 60 (sec): 5.9
0 – 75 (sec): 8.6
1/4 Mile (sec @ mph): 14.30 @ 95.06
0-60 with 1-ft Rollout (sec): 5.6
30 – 0 (ft): 28
60 – 0 (ft): 110
Slalom (mph): 64.9 stability off, 62.0 on
Skid Pad Lateral Acceleration (g): 0.84 stability off, 0.84 trac on
Db @ Idle: 42.3
Db @ Full Throttle: 73.4
Db @ 70 mph Cruise: 67.0

Acceleration Comments: Wide range of settings means wide range of results, from normal drive to sport/DSC off. At worst, it stumbles off the line, then gets with the program at @ 3,000 rpm. At best with brake torque and DSC off, it’s still not what I’d call “snappy” off the line but at least the boost is in the right place for a decent run. Very smooth upshifts in every mode, but it seemed to delay 1-2 (possibly 3-4) in Sport mode. Crossed the finish in 4th gear.

Braking Comments: Highly susceptible to pavement irregularities, hence 10-foot variance in otherwise fade-free set of runs. Some smoking front pads, but no discernible loss of power. Obvious anti-dive suspension and lots of rebound damping. Firm pedal and straight stops throughout.

Handling Comments: Slalom: With DSC off in Sport, the tires were the limiting factor. Good balance between understeer/oversteer and good steering response but not enough ultimate grip to make it all work. In Sport + DSC on, the brakes would grab abruptly just as I approached a cone (expecting a little slide), so I had to back down the speed to keep from being pulled into cones by DSC. Skid pad: hard to balance/steer on the line with boost varying wildly — requires constant steering with DSC off. With DSC on (Sport +) it requires virtually no steering, and throttle was more consistent (obviously being managed by computer), steering weight was appropriate, but almost no feel.

Full review

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1497041056 Daniel Hoang

    No steering, No feel, No BMW.

    This is not a good direction for BMW. Lose the tech, let it be a pure driving machine.

    • Babken

      Exactly the same I said several months ago. BMW is no longer the benchmark. BMW just loves one feature: WEIGHT. Oh my God, what an awful and turtle-like performance. And that poor handling. I was thinking about the new 5 Series to be my next car. But now I’m sure I’ll buy the absolute KING of its segment: the new MERCEDES-BENZ E-CLASS.
      GOOD LUCK, BMW. Go on losing your customers.
      LONG LIVE, MERCEDES-BENZ.

      • plaxico

        HALLELUJAH. I dont know what happened to ya cabron, but i love the change. BMW never was never will be a benchmark .Bimmer was always 2nd class company, if that , really poor engineering, terrible-blood-pouring-out-of-ur-ears comfort, terrible interior quality.

        youll ride like a king in the MERCEDES- BENZ.
        the best aka MERCEDES- BENZ or nothing
        welcome home

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1497041056 Daniel Hoang

          I woulnt be so sure Plaxico. All Car manufactures are cutting cost and Materials to there Vehicles. I woulnt be suprise if Mercedes Benz end up losing its title as one of the most luxurious and comfortable prenium Vehicle in the next few years.

          • Babken

            You should worry about BMW, not Mercedes-Benz. Because the rich people will always choose Mercedes-Benz instead of crap called BMW.

        • Babken

          Thank you, Plaxico.

      • JakeM

        @ Babken

        I hate to use the word “benchmark” in this class where there are so many great cars. To me neither the 5er or E class is the “benchmark”. Both cars are engineered for different consumers. The 5er is supposed to be sportier and the E class more comfortable. That’s the way it has always been and that’s what been selling these cars for decades.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1497041056 Daniel Hoang

        You do know that many of the magazines such as Car and driver, Motor Trend, Automotive, etc picked the Audi A6 as the winner of the German Trio while the BMW and Benz are bother fighting for 2nd place. One says the BMW is better then the Benz and others say the opposite. Can you tell me a magazine or major reviewer that says the E class is the best of the 3 (overall).

  • http://www.facebook.com/Samcar222 Sam Kramer

    Very nice. Could use a bit more exhaust note on acceleration though.

  • wazon8

    Really close to results for 550i e60. Very nice.

  • 330i

    cut the crap…everything is said in fifth gear show by vicky hemderson…the best saloon that money can buy

    • Babken

      The best overpriced crap that money can buy. Nothing comes close to the E-CLASS.

      • wazon8

        How did you get convinced that E-class is so great? You can watch InsideLine track test of E-class. E500 is worse than 535i in each respect, excluding straight line acceleration. I bet that this E-class is the first decent car you’ve ever driven, hence your overwhelming impression. But in fact, it’s the biggest disappointment in this class. It’s barely no improvement over previous E-class.

        • JakeM

          @ Wazon

          Eh, my parents have a ’04 E320 and I’ve driven the new E350. The difference is like night and day.

          Besides, nobody out there really cares if the 5er handles better than the E class. Handling sells the 5er, comfort sells the E class.

          • Babken

            I agree. Though in the handling department the E-Class gives up nothing to the 5 Series either.

          • wazon8

            I’ve got only impression on new E500 vs. previous E500 and data confirm that there is no improvement in terms of performance.

        • Babken

          E-Class progressed hugely on performance, and the 5 Series regressed hugely with that respect. The result: the E-Class handles nearly as well as the 5 Series. As for ride comfort, the 5 Series always was and will always be far behind the E-Class. So which is better?

          • wazon8

            What you’re talking about? In terms of perfomance 535i f10 is closer to 550i e60 than recent E350GCi is to previous E500. And it’s far from true that E-class handles almost as well as 5-er does! Where did you get that? Their top (excluding E63AMG) E500 is 2,1 mph slower during slalom than this 535i. Do you really suggest that this is close? In terms of handling, recent E500 belong to the most disappointing car nowadays. In general, in terms of performance, E500 is really weak and the biggest problem about it is that it almost deos not present improvement over previous E500 in terms perfomance (contrary to your claim): you’ve got 5,3 sec. from 0-60mph vs. 5,2 sec. of previous model, 62,8 mph slalom speed vs. 63,5mph of previous E500, 125ft breaking deistance (from 60mph to 0mph) vs. 126ft breaking distance of previous E500. Do you still want to insist that there is “huge progress”? Maybe in terms of comfort, but that’s surely I don’t care so much about, since I find BMW comfortable enough. On the other hand, 5-er f10 is great improvement over previous e60. Just compare this 535i vs. 550i e60: you’ve got 5,6 sec. vs. 5,2 sec., the same slalom speed, braking distance: 110ft vs. 111ft. I would like to hear your story about where is the regress here. I hope you don’t pressupose that 550i f10 has worse performance figures than 535i f10.

            BTW, how was it possible that you’ve been BMW fan since you assess comfort higher than performance which you had to do when you asked “so which is better”? 5-er all the way over new E-class.

  • 330i

    babken long time ago you have show to us that you are very stupid person so cut the crap again

    • Babken

      The word “stupid” describes you, idiot. Next time don’t make such unsound comments. Better go and drive the truck called 5 Series. And I’ll buy the KING: the new E-CLASS.

  • FreudeKing

    How could BMW have approved such terrible handling performance? I think I know, they cut cost and just used the 7′s chassis. This is why we have a 5 Series that handles in such poor manner – THIS IS NOT EVEN A BMW! but yet thes idiots at headquarters want to make big profits, so to hell with the unique car designs and handling characteristics, they will sell enough of these with bad handling and unBMW like driving dynamics while tarnishing the brand image, but what the hell, they’ll be gone with their bonuses by the time these customers don’t return for another BMW and the brand sinks.

    • wazon8

      This 535i has the same slalom speed result as 550i e60? Is it poor? I don’t think so. It’s above all of its competitors, no matter in which configuration you choose them! Of course, excluding such high performance sedans.

    • wazon8

      Please, explain why this car is poor handling car and 550i e60 is still claimed to be the best handling car in its class and wins in this cathegory in each comparision. What did you expect? M3 e92 result? Don’t make jokes. BTW, 550i F10 will provide much better numbers.

      • kcsnyud

        Who knows… really, i’m not sure if the article is supposed to imply “good handling” or “bad handling”. Cos most of the articles i’ve read say it has good handling….

        • wazon8

          They used to provide objective data and minimalize normative talk about them. Although they said they were disappointed with new E500 slalom speed result. Anyway, people say a lot of good things about this new 535i and great handling is included. Moreover, its time on Heckenheim Short (better than the time of 550i e60) should give reason to rethink negative opinions about handling. Somehow heavier and less powerful car did achieve the same reasult as lighter and more powerful car. Handling seem to be good explanation of this phenomena.

          • kcsnyud

            I can put some links for babken that show 5er has good handling… unless he gives me links….

          • Babken

            Prestige, luxury and power is Mercedes-Benz.
            Poor reliability, mediocre power and inferiority is BMW.
            If your 5 Series is so good, then why do all magazines choose the new E-Class as their top pick? Simply because it’s the absolute best.

      • Babken

        Are you kidding me? Watch the video. How can you call it high performance when the car hardly accelerates and has such a huge amount of body roll, and that’s with the sport package. We can have just one word for the new 5 Series: PATHETIC.
        E-CLASS IS THE BEST. Maybe it’s just slightly worse in handling, but in comfort and luxury it’s way ahead.

      • Babken

        DREAMER…

        • wazon8

          Sorry, but you’re really pathetic. Get connection with real world back.

          • Babken

            That’s what I’m doing now. I’ve ordered a new E350 and I’m looking forward to my beast to feel much superior than those fools driving 5 Series.

          • FreudeKing

            What beast? An odl wrinkled, dried up beast to suit yourself?

      • Babken

        Just simple mathematics: the F10 535i weighs nearly 100kg more than the E60 535i. And they have the same engine. So how can you change the laws of physics? No way the F10 handling can even come close to that of the E60. That’s why I call the new 5 Series AN ABSOLUTE REGRESS, and BMW – THE ULTIMATE REGRESS BRAND.

        • wazon8

          Just watch video from this article and this one:
          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGleo9EgCYc (data about 550i e60)
          and stop making idtiot from youself.

          Mathematics? What about improvement of transmissing power to rear wheel and torgue avaible from lowerst rev. speed? You behave as if they provide car with the same gear box, engine and so on and you can easly count how much slower it gonna be due to being heavier and power and torgue differences. Things are not so simple however. I am getting really borred about you since you make claims without even checking data. My opinion seem to be much closer to reality than yours. Period.

          • Babken

            The E500 will get a completely new engine in January 2011 that will make your pathetic 550i feel like a turtle. As for the E-Class, the monthly sales figures of this model nearly equal to about 3 months sales figures of your idiotic 5 Series. So which is better? If you state that the 5er is the best that’s just your own opinion that has nothing in common with reality. So go and hang yourself, DREAMER. As distinct from you, I became a real world automobile fan, i.e. I prefer MERCEDES-BENZ instead of INFERIOR BMW. Some time later I will write BMW in small letters. By the way, yesterday my friend humiliated a new 523i with his E220. When he pressed the accelerator, BMW driver could not believe his eyes. He was really angry as he couldn’t even come close. And I was nicely surprised. A 4-cylinder, 2.2 liter Mercedes-Benz engine ruins a 3 litre, 6 cylinder BMW engine. Is this your best?

          • wazon8

            Who is dreamer? I talk about existing car and you talk about what will happen in January 2011. First this E500 needs to deal with 535i F10.

    • Babken

      BMW is just a mediocre brand right now. I have nothing to say about the E39 and E60. Yes, they were kings. But the new 5 Series is an absolute disgrace for BMW and slap in the 5 Series face. It will be better to discontinue the 5 Series. Anyway, it doesn’t matter. Because the E-Class rules its market segment leaving the 5 Series crying.

      • wazon8

        You’re getting to be a troll. How many times will you reapeat the same opnion?

        • Jag

          he’s a traitor :))

          • Babken

            And how can we call you, a Jaguar fan?

      • viper

        Babken, you suck, if you gonna troll at least be pro like me

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1497041056 Daniel Hoang

    Babken,

    20 years ago, A new Luxury brand called Lexus introduced the famed LS400. Over the next several years, it was a best top seller of any car in the world of luxury cars. Of course, with any car, it never continue its success. Executives do not really care about the car rather than how much they can make out of it. They will later do something stupid and screw up the brand with all these cost cutting and driver aid tech.

    You shoulnt be saying Benz or any brand is the best. Sooner or later, they will realease something dumb which will kill or severly hurt the brand.

    And also, Be neutral with your comments . You can speak your thoughts about how you like the E class better than the new 5 series but dont be bashing others people like how Viper and Plaxico have been doing.

    • kcsnyud

      So whats ur favorite brand?

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1497041056 Daniel Hoang

        I dont have a favorite brand. I dont really care what brand they are as long they are sporty. My favorite car of all time is the Ford Mustang ( Muscle car fan). I like cars like the Porsche 911, Toyota Supra, Nissan Skyline, BMW E46 M3, Benz 190E 2.5 “Cosworth”, 2003 Audi RS6,etc… They may not be the most comfortable or best interior quality, but the are sporty and preform very well and that is what I like about them.

  • Babken

    I’ll say it this way. FORGET ABOUT THE 5 series and BUY MERCEDES-BENZ E-CLASS! Just drive both and you’ll get convinced. The 5 series is nowhere close to the E-Class in anything be it performance, luxury and especially comfort. Some time later bmw will discontinue the production of the 5 series because the E-Class owns the 5 i every possible way. Now I just ask one question to myself:
    HOW COULD I BE SO BLIND AND DRIVE THAT SHIT CALLED 5 series? I’m waiting for my E350. As for my 1997 turtle 523i, I sold it for USD1500 and bought a 2000 E320 for my cousin. The difference is night and day. The E320 humiliates the idiotic 523i in any respect. So wise people will choose MERCEDES-BENZ. And by the way, I can’t understand how some idiots can say that bmw is better than Mercedes-Benz performance-wise, because bmw doesn’t stand a chance. The brightest example is the E320 vs 523i encounter which is night and day. Just press the accelerator slightly and the 523i stays far behind. That’s what I call PERFORMANCE. Like I said, good luck, PATHETIC bmw.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1497041056 Daniel Hoang

      Babken thats enough, how about you just let the people pick what car they like. People like diffrent cars just like how they like diffrent styles of clothing, homes, etc… Personally, I think the A6 takes the title of the trio. But thats just me. Bab, you may like the E class most and others in this blog prefer the 5 series but calling each other names and bashing each other isnt going to make anthing better.

      • Babken

        I don’t bash anyone. I’m just stressing the FACT: E-CLASS IS MUCH BETTER THAN THE 5 series IN ANY RESPECT.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1497041056 Daniel Hoang

          I agree with you that the new 5 series isnt great anymore but it still is a well rounded vehicle. You ” stressing the E class is better than the 5 series” is like Bush trying to convince the world that American Democracy is the way to go, even though that may be true, not everyone wants it.

          • Babken

            I’m glad you accept the fact that the E-Class is better than the crap called 5 series.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1497041056 Daniel Hoang

            I still like the 5 series more… for now. Its still good as long you have the DSC off.

            I rather prefer the Exterior and Interior of the previous E class much more than the new one. It just doesnt look as nice.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1497041056 Daniel Hoang

      The 523i has 160hp while whe E320 has 220hp. If you are going to compare them equally, use a 530i or an E240.

      • Babken

        First, the 523i has 170hp. Second, the E320 shouldn’t have such huge advantage on the straight line over the 523i. It only means that bmw is crap performance-wise, and Mercedes-Benz beats bmw in terms of engine making as well.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1497041056 Daniel Hoang

          BMW gets 9 seconds and the Benz 7 seconds on the 0-60. Thats pretty huge advantage there. I read the test between a W210 e320 and a e39 530i and the BMW wins. The e39 is far better than the E class in that era and is the best 5 series produced.

          • Babken

            The 523i gets to 100kmh in 8.5 seconds, but it shouldn’t lose so badly, so the 5 series is a crap and mediocre car. As for the E vs 5 comparison, no chance for the 5 Series. The new E-Class is one head above the new 5 Series in ANYTHING be it comfort or performance.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1497041056 Daniel Hoang

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJHqbqGCCMc&feature=related

            1.5 seconds can mean alot more in the quarter mile. If you look at the New Mustang GT and the Camaro SS. A quarter of a second diffrence in 0-60 meant the GT won by over 250 feet.

            0-60 and 0-100 times do matter in strait line preformance.

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