2011 BMW 5 Series Long Term Road Test


2011 BMW 528i: Track Tested

October 05, 2010

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The decision to get a 2011 BMW 5 Series was easy. Seriously, easy. The decision to get the base, 240-horsepower 3.0-liter 528i, however, was not. Sure, it's hugely popular, but we could've had a V8. Remember, we're the guys who opted for a V8 in our Infiniti FX.

And it's not just an available V8 (550i) we're missing out on, but there's the 535i, which has the 300-horsepower turbocharged 6. We love that motor. We know that motor. We know the 535i. Last time we tested one, the 535i went from zero to 60 in 5.9 seconds and returned a quarter-mile time of 14.3 seconds @ 95.1 mph.

Buuuut, that's not what we got. We got the 528i. It's down 60 horsepower on the 535i and we just returned from the test track.

Follow the jump for full Track Tested results on our Long-Term 2011 BMW 528i.

Vehicle: 2011 BMW 528i
Odometer: 1,498
Date: 10/05/10
Driver: Josh Jacquot
Base Price (with destination and tax): $45,425
Options: Deep Sea Blue Metallic Paint ($550), Convenience Package ($1,700), Cold Weather Package ($1,050), Premium Package ($4,500), Sport Package ($2,200), Sport Automatic Transmission ($500), Ski Bag ($150), Split-Folding Rear Seat ($475), Side- and Top-View Cameras ($800), Xenon Headlights ($900)
Price As tested: $60,050

Specifications:
Drive Type: Rear-wheel drive
Transmission Type: Eight-speed automatic
Engine Type: Direct-injection I6
Displacement (cc/cu-in): 2,996cc (183 cu-in)
Redline (rpm): 6,750
Horsepower (hp @ rpm): 240 @ 6,600 rpm
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm): 230 lb-ft @ 2,600 rpm
Brake Type (front): 13.7-inch ventilated discs with single-piston sliding calipers
Brake Type (rear): 13.6-inch ventilated discs with single-piston sliding calipers
Steering System: Electric speed-proportional power steering
Suspension Type (front): Independent multilink with two lower control arms and double ball joints, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Suspension Type (rear): Independent multilink, coil springs, stabilizer bar

Tire Size (front): 245/45R18 96Y
Tire Size (rear): 245/45R18 96Y
Tire Brand: Dunlop
Tire Model: SP Sport Maxx GT
Tire Type: Asymmetrical Summer Performance
Wheel Size: 18-by-8 inches front and rear
Wheel Material: Alloy
As Tested Curb Weight (lb): 3,910

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Test Results:
0 - 30 (sec): 2.6
0 - 45 (sec): 4.5
0 - 60 (sec): 7.1
0 - 75 (sec): 10.3
1/4 Mile (sec @ mph): 15.12 @ 91.56
0-60 with 1-ft Rollout (sec): 6.7
30 - 0 (ft): 29
60 - 0 (ft): 113
Slalom (mph): 67.6 stability off (66.8 on)
Skid Pad Lateral Acceleration (g): 0.84 stability off (0.84 trac on)
Db @ Idle: 44.4
Db @ Full Throttle: 66.3
Db @ 70 mph Cruise: 60.0

Acceleration Comments: Like the 535i, the 528i feels soft off the line -- even in Sport Plus. Eight-speed trans, however, shifts quickly and keeps the engine in its sweet spot. Some brake torque improves time.

Braking Comments: Solid, consistent pedal every stop. Very confident.

Handling Comments: Skid pad: More difficult to access off-throttle rotation than 535i, but the effect is minimal in both cars. Not nimble or quick to respond, but entirely controllable. Slalom: Feels fairly soft in rapid transitions -- even in Sport Plus. Is well-mannered, however. Chassis isn't snappy like an Infiniti. BMW is showing a change of direction here.

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