BMW’s short features on the 5 Series continues today with the E28 5 Series. Evolution instead of revolution. The 5 Series of the 2nd generation differed optically only at the second glance to the first generation. But more interesting is what happened under the chassis. Numerous technological enhancements characterize the BMW 5 Series of the 2nd generation.

It replaced the E12 and was initially produced with petrol 4-cylinder and 6-cylinder engines. In 1983, a diesel engine was available for the first time in a 5 Series.

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The launch model was the 528e in 1982, followed by the 533i.[citation needed] The optional automatic transmission was initially a 3-speed (a 4-speed automatic was available in Europe at the time), with a 4-speed automatic transmission becoming optional in 1983. The 524td was only imported with an automatic transmission, and the M5 was only imported with a manual transmission.

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From 1985, all North American models had ABS Brakes as standard. Electric front seats became a standard feature in 1986.[citation needed] North American specification cars were comprehensively equipped, with standard features including power windows, central locking, air conditioning, power sunroof, cruise control, alloy wheels and fog lights.


Instead of importing the M535i, BMW of North America created the 535is.[citation needed] This model is based on a 535i, plus front and rear spoilers, sport suspension and sport seats.