– 2011 BMW 5 Series 535i Road Test & Review

For 2011 BMW completely redesigned the 5 Series. The 2004 – 2010 5 series was successful but wasn’t able to maintain the momentum of the previous generation 5 Series mostly due to its styling. The 2011 5 Series changes all that! The new car is styled similarly to the new 7 Series with a visually long hood and aggressive front end.

Our test vehicle came with the 3.0 liter twin turbo mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. Also available is a new XF 8-speed automatic transmission.

All 2011 BMWs come with BMWs no cost maintenance program and a 4 year/50,000 mile warranty.

Host Ross Rapoport road tests and reviews the new BMW 5 Series and compares it to the Mercedes-Benz E Class and Audi A6 as well as Japanese competition like the Infiniti M56.

Vehicle: 2011 BMW 535i

Base Price: $49,600

Price as tested: $66,175

Engine: Inline 6 cylinder, twin turbo

Transmission: 6-speed manual

Horsepower: 300 hp / 300 lb-ft torque

0-60 MPH: 5.7 seconds

Warranty: 4 years or 50,000 miles maintenance included

EPA: 19 city / 28 highway MPG

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