The new 2011 BMW 5 Series made its US debut just a few months ago and recent sales figure and reports from BMW dealerships indicate a strong demand for the new, redesigned 5er.
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With a price point at the same level or lower than the previous generation, the F10 5 Series sedan has quickly become a hot commodity for BMW dealerships. While the high-end 550i model leads the sales, our favorite has always been the twin-turbo 3.0 liter 535i model.
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 new inline-6 of the BMW 535i features High Precision direct injection, and, for the first time, VALVETRONIC throttle-less intake technology.
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.
Overall, the 535i has received positive reviews from most of the automotive journalists, including the now famous Jeremy Clarkson. His verdict: “basically, it’s a very, very good Austin Seven.” In all its fairness, there have been also reports mentioning some quirks found within the car, as seen in our review as well. Most of the negative points were given to the electric steering wheel, lack of connection with the road and driver involvement.
Next in line to review the 5 Series are the folks over at Consumer Reports, the respectable entity that can and has influenced the decision of many buyers, from cars to electronics and other consumer products.
2011 BMW 5 Series Photo Gallery
[Photos by Shawn Molnar ]