Comparable Cars
TECHNICAL DATA
Layout
front-engine / RWD
Coefficient of Drag: 0.29
0.31 (M5)
 
Weight & Capacities
Curb weight [lbs]: 3,417 - 4,012
GVWR [lbs]: 4,575
4,905 (545i)
5,071 (M5)
Weight distribution: 50 / 50 (525i; 545i)
51 / 49 (530i; M5)
 
Fuel Capacity [gal.]: 18.5
 
Steering
Rack & Pinion; power-assist
Turning Circle [ft.] 37.4
40.6 (M5)
 
Suspension
Front: MacPherson struts; coil springs, anti-roll bar
Rear: Multi-link; coil springs, anti-roll bar
 
Brakes
Front: 12.2 in. power-assisted vented discs
530i: 12.8 in. power-assisted vented discs
545i: 13.7 in. power-assisted vented discs
M5: 14.7 in. power-assisted vented discs
Rear: 12.6 in. power-assisted vented discs
545i: 13.6 in. power-assisted vented discs
M5: 14.6 in. power-assisted vented discs
ENGINES & TRANSMISSIONS
Base Engine
Type: Inline-6; aluminum block and head
Valvetrain: DOHC 4-valves/cyl.; continuously variable valve timing (Double VANOS)
Displacement: 2,494
Bore & Stroke [mm]: 84.0 x 75.0
Compression Ratio: 10.5:1
Power [hp]: 184 at 6,000
Torque [lb-ft]: 175 at 3,500
Mileage City [mpg]: 19
Mileage Hwy [mpg]: 28
Available with: 525i
 
Optional Engines
Type: Inline-6; aluminum block and head
Valvetrain: DOHC 4-valves/cyl.; continuously variable valve timing (Double VANOS)
Displacement: 2,979
Bore & Stroke [mm]: 84.0 x 89.6
Compression Ratio: 10.2:1
Power [hp]: 225 at 5,900
Torque [lb-ft]: 214 at 3,500
Mileage City [mpg]: 20
Mileage Hwy [mpg]: 30
Available with: 530i
 
Type: V8; aluminum block and heads
Valvetrain: DOHC 4-valves/cyl.; continuously variable valve timing (Double VANOS)
Displacement: 4,398
Bore & Stroke [mm]: 92.0 x 82.7
Compression Ratio: 10.5:1
Power [hp]: 325 at 6,100
Torque [lb-ft]: 330 at 3,600
Mileage City [mpg]: 18
Mileage Hwy [mpg]: 26
Available with: 545i
 
Type: V10; aluminum block and heads
Valvetrain: DOHC 4-valves/cyl.; continuously variable valve timing (Double VANOS)
Displacement: 4,999
Bore & Stroke [mm]: 92.0 x 75.2
Compression Ratio: 12.0:1
Power [hp]: 500 at 7,750
Torque [lb-ft]: 384 at 6,100
Mileage City [mpg]: 12
Mileage Hwy [mpg]: 18
Available with: M5
 
 
Transmissions
Type: 6-speed manual
Ratios: 4.35, 2.50, 1.66, 1.23, 1.00, 0.85
Final Drive: 3.15 (525i); 2.93 (530i)
Available with: 525i; 530i
 
Type: 6-speed manual
Ratios: 4.06, 2.40, 1.58, 1.19, 1.00, 0.87
Final Drive: 2.93
Available with: 545i
 
Type: 6-speed automatic
Ratios: 4.17, 2.34, 1.52, 1.14, 0.87, 0.69
Final Drive: 3.73 (525i); 3.46 (530i); 3.38 (545i)
Available with: except M5
 
Type: 6-speed sequential
Ratios: 3.99, 2.65, 1.81, 1.39, 1.16, 1.00, 0.83
Final Drive: 3.62
Available with: M5
EXTERIOR DIMENSIONS
Length [in.]: 190.6
191.1 (M5)
Width [in.]: 72.7
Height [in.]: 58.0
57.8 (M5)
Wheelbase [in.]: 113.7
Front Track [in.]: 61.3
62.2 (M5)
Rear Track [in.]: 62.3
61.7 (M5)
INTERIOR DIMENSIONS
Pass. Vol. [cu-ft]: 99.1
Seating Capacity: 5
 
Headroom
Front Headroom [in.]: 37.7
Rear Headroom [in.]: 37.9
 
Legroom
Front Legroom [in.]: 41.5
Rear Legroom [in.]: 36.0
 
Shoulderroom
Fr. Shoulderroom [in.]: 57.3
R. Shoulderroom [in.]: 57.2
 
Cargo
Cargo Cap. [cu-ft]: 18.4
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