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New York Preview: 2011 5 Series the Star Attraction for BMW at NY Auto Show


BMW's all-new 2011 5 Series will be the main attraction at the German automaker's display at the 2010 New York Auto Show, joined by four other models, all of which are world premieres. The new 5 Series is a North American premiere after it was first shown at the Geneva Auto Show just a few weeks ago. The rest of the list includes the new facelifted 3 Series, the 335is Coupe and Convertible, as well as the 2011 X5 and Alpina B7 xDrive.

The new 5 Series will arrive in north America is either a 535 or 550, the former making around 300-hp from a single twin-scroll turbocharged inline-six, while the latter will produce 400-hp from a twin-turbo V8. A redesigned X5 for 2011 shares the same engines and comes with a new eight-speed automatic transmission. The diesel X5 will also remain an option.

In the 3 Series range, BMW will show a mid-cycle update for the car, with a new single-turbo inline-six (same as in the new 5 Series) making 300-hp and 300 ft-lbs of torque that is both more responsive and more efficient. A new higher-performance 335is will also be on display using an up-rated version of the old twin-turbo inline-six with 320-hp and 332 ft-lbs of torque. An overboost function will also permit short bursts of 370 ft-lbs of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard equipment, but BMW will offer (for the first time ever on a non-M 3 Series), it's new 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. BMW claims a 0-60 mph time of 5.0 seconds with the dual-clutch automatic and 5.1 seconds with the manual. The convertible model will achieve the 0-60 mph sprint in 5.2 seconds regardless of transmission.

Finally, BMW will show the xDrive version of the Alina B7 sedan (based on the new 7 Series). A rear-drive version was first shown at the Chicago Auto Show earlier this year, making 500-hp and 516 ft-lbs of torque from the car's 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8. With all the improvements of the new 7 Series (and then some) the Alina B7 (in rear-drive form) ca hit 60 mph in 4.5 seconds. It should also be priced close to the rear drive model, with a standard wheelbase at $122,875 and the extended wheelbase at $126,775.

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