The BMW 5 Series has been the benchmark for the ideal sport/luxury blend in the segment for more than 35 years. The 2012 BMW 535i Sedan continues that dynasty, delivering that combination more persuasively than ever.
In the 1970s, BMW invented the luxury sport sedan category with the original 5 Series. Starting at an MSRP of $52,500, the 2012 BMW 535i Sedan confirms that such long-term expertise really does matter.
BMW owes much of its powerful identity to its renowned engines. Consider the jewel of a powerplant under the aluminum hood of the 2012 BMW 535i Sedan. The 535i Sedan draws its power from an inline-six cylinder engine, to the delight of engineering mavens and car enthusiasts, who like to point out that an inline-six performs with a distinctive sound, character and smoothness that eludes the V6 engines in some competitive vehicles.
The 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo engine in the 2012 BMW 535i Sedan produces 300 hp and 300 lb/ft of torque. The combination of piezo direct fuel injection, twin-scroll turbocharger technology and other BMW innovations yields a “plateau” of torque, meaning that 300 lb/ft remains available from 1,300 rpm through 5,000 rpm. In non-technical terms, that means you’ll experience instant, seamless thrust.
What’s truly remarkable is that the BMW 535i Sedan can whisk you from zero to 60 mph in just 5.7 seconds yet also return an EPA-estimated 30 mpg on the highway with the eight-speed STEPTRONIC automatic transmission. Choose the optional Sport automatic transmission for steering wheel paddle-shift control. Under certain conditions, the transmission will allow an 8-2 downshift for an instant blast of acceleration. A sure sign that BMW caters to driving purists, the 535i Sedan remains the only car in its class to offer a manual transmission – a crisp-shifting six-speed. Remember, too, that you can get a 535i Sedan with BMW xDrive all-wheel drive.
The luxury side of the 535i Sedan equation owes much to sharing some chassis and interior technology with the larger 7 Series. The longest wheelbase in its class, 116.9 inches, endows the sedan with a roomy cabin and a luxurious ride. Meanwhile, BMW offers a smorgasbord of high-tech handling options. For example, Active Roll Stabilization (ARS), which debuted on the 7 Series, actively reduces body lean through turns to enhance both agility and ride comfort.
Even with the emphasis on “sport,” the 2012 BMW 535i Sedan focuses on reducing fuel consumption. Selecting the ECO PRO mode with the Driving Dynamics Control system allows you to drive more efficiently, while the automatic engine Start/Stop function seamlessly operates to conserve fuel by turning off the engine when the vehicle comes to a stop.
You can step up the already sharp handling with either the Sport Package or the M Sport Package. Both add 19-inch wheels and Dynamic Damper Control with active shock absorbers, along with 18-way multicontour front seats. The M Sport version also dresses out the 535i Sedan with an Aerodynamic Kit and other amenities.
The 2012 535i Sedan offers more luxury than ever before in a 5 Series, with available four-zone automatic climate control, dual-screen rear-seat DVD entertainment system, heated rear seats and a power rear sunshade. The available fourth-generation iDrive system integrates navigation and other multimedia functions and displays on a large, 10.2-inch high-resolution display.
Kinship with the 7 Series also benefits the 535i Sedan with a slew of available high-tech driver aids, including a Head-up Display, Active Blind Spot Detection, Side- and Top-View Cameras and Night Vision with Pedestrian Detection.
The BMW 535i Sedan leverages the power of wireless connectivity in its safety offerings. The standard BMW Assist™ telematics system comes with a four-year Safety Plan subscription that includes such invaluable services as Automatic Collision Notification, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Stolen Vehicle Recovery, Door Unlock Service, Emergency Request and more. The remarkable TeleService feature even relays your car’s service requirements directly to the dealer.
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