2011 BMW 5-Series GT Gets Six-Cylinder Option

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Next month’s 2010 Detroit Auto Show will see the world debuts of four new BMW vehicles, three of them headed to showrooms and one a preview of what the automaker has in store for the future.

The lineup includes the new Concept ActiveE all-electric 1-Series, the high-performance Z4 sDrive35is and a new six-cylinder version of the 7-Series. Also on show will be the 2011 BMW 535i Gran Turismo, a new six-cylinder version of the striking crossover vehicle.

We’ve already reported on the 535i GT’s new engine, the N55 series single-turbo 3.0-liter straight-six. It is the world’s first engine to combine turbocharging, direct fuel injection and fully variable Valvetronic valve management developed by BMW.

Peak output is a healthy 300 horsepower at 5,800rpm and 300 pound-feet of torque from a low 1,200rpm. When matched to the 535i GT’s 8-speed automatic, the engine returns a fuel economy of 26 mpg while still being able to briskly accelerate the car from 0-60 mph in about 6.2 seconds.

The 2011 BMW 535i GT will go on sale in spring 2010.



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Comments (4)
  1. so I guess you have not had a loss of battery power will the car is in motion? With a hydraulic system the same in airplanes you still have some control but with electric have nothing and you are in trouble at this point. The reason why planes don't use many electric power steering devices even though they are much lighter.

  2. Give it the inline 6 diesel engine

  3. Denton, Im with you a DIESEL would be great in this vehicle bring to the US and Puerto Rico

  4. For the life of me, I can't figure out what in the article computer mouse is referring to...
    ...but s/he obviously isn't aware that all production automobiles still have mechanical steering and hydraulic brakes - although one might lose the power assist from the electric motors and/or hydraulic pumps, the ability to steer to safety and stop remains intact.

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