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1984-1987 BMW M535i (E28) specifications


The first in a long line of hot 5-Series variants, the E12 generation M535i was something special when it first appeared in 1979. Created by installing the 218bhp 635CSi engine into the 5-Series body, the M535i emerged as an astounding Q-car. Deep front spoiler and cross-spoke ally wheels were an immediate give away, but treats for the driver included a ZF gearbox, Recaro seats and a limited slip differential. Most have rusted away (or ended up going off the road backwards), and the remaining cars are cheap considering their all-round ability.

Production

  • Production:
    45,655
  • Price at launch:
    £13,745
  • Price (excellent)
    £4,250
  • Price (good):
    £3,250
  • Price (average):
    £1,500
  • Price (project):
    £650

Performance

  • 0-60mph:
    6.9secs
  • Top speed:
    143.0mph
  • Power:
    218.0bhp
  • Torque:
    224.0lb/ft
  • MPG:
    18.0mpg

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:
    4618mm
  • Wheelbase:
    2637mm
  • Width:
    1689mm
  • Height:
    1422mm
  • Weight:
    1391kgs

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