You'll never hear it from BMW. But with no less than nine new models arriving all at once in the 2011 line, to a significant degree, BMW is starting over. Not surprising. Under the guidance of controversial American Design Director Chris Bangle during the past decade, BMW took an excursion into doing some very un-BMW things. Contour by contour, the Ultimate Driving Machine became overstuffed looking, given BMW's famously aggressive design language, downright frumpy. Simultaneously, with the debut of the first-generation iDrive system several model years ago, Munich offered to the world the single most counter-intuitive, infuriating cockpit management system ever brought to market. Ever since that bleak debut, the revered company has been backtracking at a stubborn, no-we-never-screw-up rate. But at last, the news is spectacular; 2011's fourth-generation iDrive is wonderfully intuitive, a pleasure to use.
There are further good tidings. The broad line of new 2011 BMWs, far from looking frumpy, has regained the aggressive, exciting enthusiasm that had been the company's trademark since long before these difficulties began. From to 5-Series to , 2011 models are back to the reliable old BMW formula: Same sausage, in three different lengths. But oh, what sausage!
Dead center in the BMW sausage case is the 5-Series, always a strong choice for buyers who want vigorous acceleration and crisp handling, but not the limited interior space of the 3-Series, nor the girth, weight and fee-fye-foe-fum price of the 7-Series. As a luxury midsize sedan, the 5-Series will hit the sweet spot for many families that include a driver or two with a strong taste for performance accompanied by all the latest safety provisions.
The JB car pages provide engine and transmission specs, as well as gas mileage and dimensions for all 2011 BMW 5-Series versions. In addition, please find information on the various trims of the 2011 BMW 5-Series and their standard equipment and their prices below.
The 2011 BMW 5-Series Sedan is powered by a base 3.0-liter Inline-6 with 230 at 6,500 hp. Other available engines include a 3.0-liter Inline-6 turbocharged with 300 at 5,800 hp and a 4.4-liter V8 twin-turbocharged with 400 at 5,500 hp.
Standard safety equipment on the 2011 BMW 5-Series Sedan includes airbags in front with occupancy sensor on passenger side, front adjustable anti-whiplash head restraints with power-adjustments, side-impact airbags in front, front seatbelt pretensioners, 3-point rear seat belts in all positions, anti-lock brakes (abs), brake assist, child safety rear door locks, electronic stability control, emergency communication system, rear adjustable head restraints, side-curtain airbags in front and rear, side-impact bars and traction control.
2011 BMW 5-Series Sedan Specs & Features
The 2011 BMW 5-Series Sedan is available in 5 trim levels: