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1987-1996 BMW 5-Series (E34) specifications

1987-1996 BMW 5-Series (E34) specifications Classic and Performance Car

The arrival of the C2 generation Audi 100 caught BMW napping. Suddenly, its beautifully engineered car looked old-hat thanks to their upright styling. The 1987 5-Series certainly put that right, not only modernising the mid-line saloons, but creating a look that would remain with BMW until into the 21st century. The same wide range of engines were used as before, although VANOS and 24-valve heads became standard fare for the sixes. Balanced, poised, and the benchmark when new, curiously underrated and overlooked now. Their time will come.

Production

  • Production:
    1,333,412
  • Price at launch:
    £16,450
  • Price (excellent)
    £1,500
  • Price (good):
    £900
  • Price (average):
    £400
  • Price (project):
    £250

Performance

  • 0-60mph:
    9.5secs
  • Top speed:
    137.0mph
  • Power:
    168.0bhp
  • Torque:
    164.0lb/ft

Engine

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

Chassis

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

Dimensions

  • Length:
    4719mm
  • Wheelbase:
    2760mm
  • Width:
    1750mm
  • Height:
    1412mm
  • Weight:
    1450kgs

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