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Old 07-01-2011, 03:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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2012 BMW 5 Series Gets Standard 4-Cylinder Engine

BMW has already announced it would bring back 4-cylinder engines to North America, and the German automaker is doing it in a big way, replacing the standard inline-six with a new turbocharged 4-banger across its lineup. The latest vehicle to receive the "upgrade" is the 5 Series.

Starting for the 2012 model year, the 528i will drop the 3.0-liter six in favor of a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine. Power will increase slightly from 240-hp to 245-hp, while torque gets a more significant increase rising from 230 lb-ft to 258 lb-ft. Plus, all of that torque will come on at just 1,250 rpm. Hopefully that should solve the big sedan's sluggishness around town which we complained about in our review.

BMW claims the new car will hit 62 mph in just 6.2 seconds, or 6.3 seconds with the 8-speed automatic.

Fuel economy is also set to increase, although official EPA numbers for the U.S. aren't yet available.

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