2011 BMW 5 Series - Road Test Specs

2011 BMW 5 Series Sedan

(3.0L 6-cyl. 8-speed Automatic)
Model year2011
Style4-dr sedan (3.0L 6cyl 8A)
Base MSRP$45,425
Options on test vehicleDeep 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).
As-tested MSRP$60,050
Drive typeRear-wheel Drive
Engine typeNaturally aspirated direct-injected inline-6, gasoline
Displacement (cc/cu-in)2,996/183
Block/head materialMagnesium/aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, four valves per cylinder, variable intake + exhaust-valve timing and lift
Compression ratio (x:1)10.7
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)240 @ 6,600
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)230 @ 2,600
Fuel typePremium unleaded (required)
Transmission typeEight-speed automatic
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)I = 4.714; II = 3.143; III = 2.106; IV = 1.667; V = 1.285; VI = 1.000; VII =.0.839; VIII = 0.667; FD = 3.385
Suspension, frontIndependent multilink with two lower control arms and double ball joints, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent multilink, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Steering typeElectric speed-proportional power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)17.1
Tire brandDunlop
Tire modelSP Sport Maxx GT
Tire typePerformance summer
Tire size, frontP245/45R18 96Y
Tire size, rearP245/45R18 96Y
Wheel size18-by-8 inches front and rear
Wheel materialCast aluminum
Brakes, front13.7-inch ventilated discs with single-piston sliding calipers
Brakes, rear13.6-inch ventilated discs with single-piston sliding calipers
Track Test Results
Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)2.6
0-45 mph (sec.)4.5
0-60 mph (sec.)7.1
0-75 mph (sec.)10.3
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)15.1 @ 91.6
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)6.7
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)29
60-0 mph (ft.)113
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)67.6
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.84
Sound level @ idle (dB)44.4
@ Full throttle (dB)66.3
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)60.0
Test Driver Ratings & Comments
Acceleration commentsAcceleration feels soft off the line even in Sport +. Eight-speed transmission shifts quickly and keeps engine power in the sweet spot. Some brake torque while launching improves time.
Braking commentsSolid, consistent pedal feel every stop. Very confident performance.
Handling commentsSkid pad: More difficult to access chassis rotation by lifting throttle than with BMW 535i, although the effect is minimal in both cars; not nimble or quick to respond but very controllable. Slalom: Feels fairly soft in rapid transitions even in Sport + mode; very well-mannered, not snappy like an Infiniti; BMW showing a change of philosophy for 5 Series with this car.
Testing Conditions
Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (F)66
Relative humidity (%)29.5
Wind (mph, direction)1.4 headwind
Fuel Consumption
EPA fuel economy (mpg)22 city/32 highway/25 combined
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)18.5
Dimensions & Capacities
Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,814
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,910
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)49/51
Length (in.)193.1
Width (in.)73.2
Height (in.)57.6
Wheelbase (in.)116.9
Track, front (in.)63.0
Track, rear (in.)64.1
Turning circle (ft.)39.2
Legroom, front (in.)41.4
Legroom, rear (in.)36.1
Headroom, front (in.)40.5
Headroom, rear (in.)38.3
Shoulder room, front (in.)58.3
Shoulder room, rear (in.)56.2
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)14.0
Bumper-to-bumper4 years/50,000 miles
Powertrain4 years/50,000 miles
Corrosion12 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance4 years/Unlimited miles
Free scheduled maintenance4 years/50,000 miles
Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard
Head airbagsStandard
Antilock brakesStandard
Electronic brake enhancementsElectronic brakeforce distribution, cornering brake control, brake assist, brake drying, fade compensation
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Tire-pressure monitoring systemStandard
Emergency assistance systemOptional

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