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1981-1988 BMW 5-Series (E28) specifications


This was BMW at its conservative best. The blink-and-you’ll-miss-it rebody of the original E12 gave the impression that the new car was no such thing at all. But under the skin, the new 5-Series was cutting edge, featuring standardised engine management, and a seriously uprated chassis and interior. Engine range was impressive, spanning 1.8- to 3.5-litres, as well as for the first time in BMW’s history, a diesel. One curiosity was the 525e, which was powered by a 2.7-litre six, tuned for maximum economy. It was certainly relaxing to drive, a BMW first…

Production

  • Production:
    722,328
  • Price at launch:
    £7,595
  • Price (excellent)
    £2,000
  • Price (good):
    £1,200
  • Price (average):
    £500
  • Price (project):
    £300

Performance

  • 0-60mph:
    9.6secs
  • Top speed:
    122.0mph
  • Power:
    148.0bhp
  • Torque:
    159.0lb/ft

Engine

  • Configuration:
    in-line six
  • Aspiration:
    Normal
  • Fuel:
    Petrol
  • Fuel delivery:
    electronic fuel injection

Chassis

  • Suspension Front:
    Independent, MacPherson strut, coil spring
  • Suspension Rear:
    Independent, semi-trailing arms, coil spring
  • Steering:
    N/A
  • Bodyframe:
    metal monocoque
  • Transmission:
    Five-speed manual

Dimensions

  • Length:
    4620mm
  • Wheelbase:
    2620mm
  • Width:
    1700mm
  • Height:
    1420mm
  • Weight:
    1280kgs

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