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New for 2011-BMW

New for 2011-BMW

By Jeff Youngs, December 31, 2010
2011 BMW ModelsHistory
Founded in 1916, BMW is a German manufacturer noted for its line of performance-oriented automobiles, sport utility vehicles, crossovers, and motorcycles. In addition to its BMW-branded lineup of vehicles, the automaker also owns and produces the MINI brand of small cars, and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is owned by BMW (many Rolls-Royce models contain 7 Series drivetrains and electrical content). BMW was originally a manufacturer of aircraft engines, but the end of World War I saw the company switch to motorcycle production and then eventually to automobiles. Promoting its enthusiast-tuned engineering, BMW has been involved in motor sports for decades, racing both cars and motorcycles.

The company's current lineup contains coupes, sedans and sport utility vehicles with up-to-7-passenger seating capacities. BMW sells vehicles that operate with gasoline, diesel, and hybrid power plants. Models include both rear- and all-wheel drive. Headquartered in Germany, BMW manufactures automobiles in Europe, North America, Africa, India, and Asia that are sold worldwide.

2011 BMW Models at a Glance:
  • 1 Series-New transmission and upcoming performance model
  • 3 Series-New single-turbo engine
  • 5 Series-All-new redesign for 2011
  • 5 Series GT-New all-wheel-drive option
  • 7 Series-New Alpina B7, ActiveHybrid and 6-cylinder models
  • X3-All-new entry for 2011
  • X5-Facelift, refresh and new powertrains
  • X6-New 8-speed automatic transmission
  • Z4-New cosmetic package

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2011 BMW 1-Series2011 BMW 1 Series
In production in Europe since 2004, but only available in North America since 2008, the BMW 1 Series is available as a compact sports coupe or convertible and is based on the larger 3 Series platform. Unlike most other cars in this segment, The performance-oriented 1 Series is rear-wheel drive with a longitudinally mounted engine. Furthering its sporty pretense, BMW offers two 6-cylinder powerplants, including a 300-horsepower turbocharged variant.

While the 1 Series is the least expensive model in the BMW lineup, buyers shouldn't necessarily consider it entry-level. The automaker has fitted the 1 Series with a comfortable luxury interior, sporty suspension, and some of its popular powerful engines. While last year's 135i models were fitted with the automaker's "N54" twin-turbocharged engine, a new "N55" single-turbocharged engine takes its place for 2011. In addition, BMW will offer its 7-speed DCT "dual-clutch" transmission, replacing last year's 6-speed "Steptronic" automatic transmission (leather and iPod integration also become a no-cost option). The news on the horizon is that the "1M" performance model is set to launch mid-year.

Highlights:
  • New engine and option changes for 2011
  • Four models: 128i Coupe, 135i Coupe, 128i Convertible, and 135i Convertible
  • Standard 3.0-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 230 horsepower (128i models)
  • NEW Standard 3.0-liter, single-turbocharged 6-cylinder engine rated at 300 horsepower (135i models)
  • Standard 6-speed manual transmission
  • NEW Optional 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission
  • Power-operated soft convertible top (convertible models)
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • 4-passenger seating
  • NEW Optional "M Sport" package


2010 BMW Cooper2011 BMW 3 Series
Tracing its roots back to 1975, the BMW 3 Series is the automaker's best-selling model (it is offered in sedan, coupe, convertible, and sport wagon body styles with a variety of engine and driveline choices). The first-generation 3 Series was engineered as a replacement for the "2002" (a sporty compact 2-door car). The early 3 Series was slightly larger, heavier and more luxurious than its predecessor, but it caught on with enthusiasts who liked the handling, packaging, and rear-wheel-drive powertrain. With each subsequent generation, the 3 Series grows has grown in size and refinement while adding innovative new technology to keep it ahead of the competition features. Its primary rivals are from Audi and Mercedes-Benz, but Lexus and Infiniti are now fighting competing in the same segment.

The current, fifth-generation model first appeared in North America as a 2006 model. Now more than mid-way through its lifecycle (BMW treated the 3 Series to a minor facelift for the 2009 model year), the 3 Series receives the new "N55" single-turbo, inline 6-cylinder engine and other minor refinements for 2011.

Highlights:
  • New engine and option changes for 2011
  • Eighteen models: 328i Sedan, 328i xDrive Sedan, 335i Sedan, 335i xDrive Sedan, 335d Sedan, 328i Coupe, 328i xDrive Coupe, 335i Coupe, 335is Coupe, 335i xDrive Coupe, 328i Convertible, 335i Convertible, 335is Convertible, 328i Sports Wagon, 328i xDrive Sports Wagon, M3 Coupe, M3 Sedan, M3 Convertible
  • Standard 3.0-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 230 horsepower (328i models)
  • NEW Standard 3.0-liter, single-turbocharged 6-cylinder engine rated at 300 horsepower (335i models)
  • Standard 3.0-liter, twin-turbocharged 6-cylinder engine rated at 320 horsepower (335is models)
  • Standard 3.0-liter, twin-turbocharged, 6-cylinder diesel engine rated at 265 horsepower (335d models)
  • Standard 4.0-liter 8-cylinder engine rated at 414 horsepower (M3 models)
  • Standard 6-speed manual transmission
  • Optional 6-speed "Steptronic" transmission
  • NEW Optional 7-speed dual-clutch transmission (performance models only)
  • Standard rear-wheel drive
  • Standard all-wheel drive (xDrive models)
  • 5-passenger seating
  • NEW iDrive controller and high-res display standard with optional Navigation package
  • NEW 335is model offers performance upgrades, both mechanically and cosmetically (335is models)
2011 BMW Cooper2011 BMW 5 Series
The BMW 5 Series is a midsize luxury sport sedan that has been in production since 1972. The 5-passenger 5 Series is available as a 4-door sedan and a 5-door sport wagon. Slotted in size the lineup between the compact BMW 3 Series and full-size BMW 7 Series, the 5 Series is offered with a choice of efficient 6-cylinder engines or an powerful 8-cylinder powerplant. A unique feature of the 5 Series is its available manual transmission-it is one of the few models in its this class to offer a standard transmission in the U.S. market. The 5 Series was significantly updated, including a mid-cycle facelift, in 2008.

An all-new BMW 5 Series model has debuted for the 2011 model year. The sixth-generation 5 Series now shares platforms with its bigger sibling, the 7 Series. Engine choices include a normally aspirated and turbocharged inline-6, and a twin-turbo V-8-all are available with BMW's new 8-speed automatic transmission and xDrive (all-wheel drive). An all-new, twin-turbo V-8 engine is expected under the hood of the new M5 (replacing the current model's V10 engine), due in mid-2011.

Highlights:
  • All-new redesign for 2011
  • Five models: 528i Sedan, 535i Sedan, 535i xDrive Sedan, 550i Sedan, 550i xDrive Sedan
  • Standard 3.0-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 240 horsepower (528i models)
  • Standard 3.0-liter, single-turbocharged 6-cylinder engine rated at 300 horsepower (535i models)
  • Standard 4.4-liter, twin-turbocharged 8-cylinder engine rated at 400 horsepower (550i models)
  • Standard 6-speed manual transmission
  • Optional 8-speed "Steptronic" transmission
  • Standard rear-wheel drive
  • Standard all-wheel drive (xDrive models)
  • 5-passenger seating
2011 BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo2011 BMW 5 Series GT
Launched as an all-new model in 2010, the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo (GT) is a midsize 5-door sedan. As is apparent from its name, BMW is marketing the GT as part of its 5 Series lineup (it does replace the 5 Series Touring, a traditional station wagon). However, the GT uses a modified 7 Series platform, meaning its interior room is much more generous than any the standard 5 Series.

Furthermore, the interior is as configurable as a traditional SUV, with the seats folding down to create a flat cargo floor. The Gran Turismo also differs from BMW's traditional Touring model as the rear lift gate has been replaced with a unique dual-action tailgate. The two opening sections offer the choice between opening a small trunk beneath the rear window, and opening the large tailgate (including the small trunk) as with BMW's SUV models. New for 2011 is the option of all-wheel drive (xDrive) on both the 6- and 8-cylinder models.

Highlights:
  • New driveline option for 2011
  • Four models: 535i Gran Turismo, 535i xDrive Gran Turismo, 550i Gran Turismo, and 550i xDrive Gran Turismo
  • Standard 3.0-liter, single-turbocharged 6-cylinder engine rated at 300 horsepower (535i GT models)
  • Standard 4.4-liter, twin-turbocharged 8-cylinder engine rated at 400 horsepower (550i GT models)
  • Standard 8-speed "Steptronic" transmission
  • Standard rear-wheel drive
  • NEW Standard all-wheel drive (xDrive models)
  • 5-passenger seating
2010 BMW 7 Series2011 BMW 7 Series
The first BMW 7 Series, the flagship of the German automaker's model range, first appeared in the late 1970s. The large sedan was fitted with a 6-cylinder engine and a 4-speed automatic transmission. The second generation, introduced in 1986, heralded the 8- and 12-cylinder powerplants that would become standard in future models. That model also inaugurated the available stretched ("L") version for more rear passenger leg room. The third generation, debuting in 1994, brought satellite navigation and Xenon HID headlamps to the model range. It was the fourth-generation 7 Series, sold since 2002, that is credited with introducing BMW's "iDrive" infotainment controller to the world.

The current, fifth-generation 7 Series debuted for the 2009 model year. Still the automaker's flagship, the 7 Series continued to offer an impressive mix of power, luxury, and exclusivity for selective owners buyers-especially for those who opt for the 12-cylinder 760i models or the long-wheelbase "L" models. New for 2011, BMW has introduced the limited-edition Alpina B7 (a high-performance model) and the ActiveHybrid 7 (a hybrid). In addition, BMW has re-introduced a more fuel-efficient 6-cylinder model-something the North American 7 Series hasn't seen in a long time.

Highlights:
  • Some new models and engines for 2011
  • Ten models: Alpina B7, 740i Sedan, 740Li Sedan, 750i Sedan, 750i xDrive Sedan, ActiveHybrid 750i Sedan, 750Li Sedan, 750Li xDrive Sedan, ActiveHybrid 750Li Sedan, and 760Li Sedan
  • Standard 3.0-liter, single-turbocharged 6-cylinder engine rated at 315 horsepower (740i models)
  • Standard 4.4-liter, twin-turbocharged 8-cylinder engine rated at 400 horsepower (750i models)
  • Standard 4.4-liter, twin-turbocharged 8-cylinder engine rated at 500 horsepower (Alpina B7 model)
  • Standard 6.0-liter, turbocharged 12-cylinder engine rated at 535 horsepower (760i model)
  • Standard 4.4-liter, twin-turbocharged 8-cylinder engine and an electric motor with boost for a rated 455 horsepower (ActiveHybrid models)
  • Standard 8-speed "Steptronic" transmission
  • Standard 7-speed "Sport Automatic" transmission (ActiveHybrid models)
  • Standard 6-speed transmission (Alpina B7, 760i models)
  • Standard rear-wheel drive
  • Standard all-wheel drive (xDrive models)
  • 5-passenger seating
2011 BMW X32011 BMW X3
The BMW X3, the automaker's compact, entry-level sport utility vehicle, has been in production since 2004. Unlike many other models in this category, The luxury-oriented X3 was originally designed to offer superior on-road prowess over serious off-road handling (in fact, BMW still prefers to call it a "Sport Activity Vehicle," or SAV, instead of an SUV). With The X3 offered standard 6-cylinder power, full-time all-wheel drive, 5-passenger seating, and an available 6-speed manual transmission, the original BMW X3 satisfied an untapped niche in the market-and its sales reflected this.

An all-new, second-generation BMW X3 debuts for the 2011 model year. Slightly taller, longer, and wider than the outgoing model, the new BMW X3 features styling that is more evolutionary. than revolutionary.

Highlights:
  • All-new redesign for 2011
  • Two X3 models: xDrive28i and xDrive35i
  • Standard 3.0-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 230 horsepower (xDrive28i model)
  • Standard 3.0-liter, single-turbocharged 6-cylinder engine rated at 300 horsepower (xDrive35i model)
  • Standard 8-speed "Steptronic" transmission
  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • 5-passenger seating
2010 BMW X52011 BMW X5
The first-generation X5, introduced just one decade ago, redefined was one of the first offerings in what is now the premium sport utility segment. In a move counter to the rest of the industry, BMW called its first luxury SUV a "Sport Activity Vehicle" (SAV). It was a direct reference to its engineering design of favoring premium on-road handling, performance, efficiency, practicality, and versatility over more traditional SUVs with their heavy off-road capabilities.

The early X5 carried up to 5 passengers in luxury. It offered full-time all-wheel drive (AWD), for control during inclement weather, and car-like handling. Completely redesigned in 2007, the second-generation BMW X5 was slightly larger and addressed the limited cabin space of the previous model with optional seating for up to 7 passengers. The engine choices remained either 6- or 8-cylinder powerplants.

In 2009, BMW changed the nomenclature ("xDrive" was added to the name) and added a new diesel powerplant under the hood of the X5 xDrive35d. The highest-performing model is the X5 M, featuring a 555-horsepower, twin-turbo 8-cylinder engine, upgraded brakes, enhanced suspension, and cosmetic enhancements both inside and out. The 2011 model year marks a major refresh for the X5. New engines (and an 8-speed automatic transmission) are under the hood, the exterior receives a facelift, and the interior is offered with an expanded color pallet of colors.

Highlights:
  • Facelift and new engines for 2011
  • Six X5 models: xDrive35i, xDrive35i Premium, xDrive35i Sport Activity, xDrive35d, xDrive50i, and X5 M
  • Standard 3.0-liter, single-turbocharged 6-cylinder engine rated at 300 horsepower (xDrive35i models)
  • Standard 3.0-liter, twin-turbocharged, 6-cylinder diesel engine rated at 265 horsepower (xDrive35d model)
  • Standard 4.4-liter, twin-turbocharged 8-cylinder engine rated at 400 horsepower (xDrive50i model)
  • Standard 4.4-liter, twin-turbocharged 8-cylinder engine rated at 555 horsepower (X5 M model)
  • Standard 8-speed "Steptronic" transmission
  • Standard 6-speed automatic transmission (X5 M model)
  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • 5-passenger seating
2010 BMW X62011 BMW X6
BMW introduced the X6carved out a niche in 2008, and referred to it as a with the introduction of the X6 "Sports Activity Coupe," as the company calls it. Looking much like an X5 with a radically sloped roof, the luxury-oriented X6 is designed favors for premium on-road handling, performance, efficiency, practicality and versatility. Unlike the X5, the X6 features a 4-passenger cabin designed to offer higher levels of luxury and sport compared to its 5-passenger cousin. Along those lines, the X6 is fitted with four different engines.

Standard models receive a twin-turbo, 3.0-liter inline 6-cylinder or a twin-turbo, 4.4-liter V-8 engine. The "ActiveHybrid" models are fitted with a standard 4.4-liter, twin-turbocharged 8-cylinder engine with an electric motor for additional boost-unique performance is the focus, with fuel economy taking a back seat. The highest-performing model is the X6 M, featuring a 555-horsepower, twin-turbo 8-cylinder engine, upgraded brakes, enhanced suspension, and cosmetic enhancements both inside and out. With the exception of the new 8-speed automatic transmission, the 2011 BMW X6 is carryover.

Highlights:
  • A new transmission for 2011
  • Four X6 models: ActiveHybrid, xDrive35i, xDrive50i, and X6 M
  • Standard 3.0-liter, single-turbocharged 6-cylinder engine rated at 300 horsepower (xDrive35i model)
  • Standard 4.4-liter, twin-turbocharged 8-cylinder engine rated at 400 horsepower (xDrive50i model)
  • Standard 4.4-liter, twin-turbocharged 8-cylinder engine rated at 555 horsepower (X6 M model)
  • Standard 4.4-liter, twin-turbocharged 8-cylinder engine and an electric motor with boost for a rated 480 horsepower (ActiveHybrid model)
  • NEW Standard 8-speed "Steptronic" transmission
  • Standard 7-speed "Sport Automatic" transmission (ActiveHybrid model)
  • Standard 6-speed automatic transmission (X6 M model)
  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • 4-passenger seating
2011 BMW Z42011 BMW Z4
The first modern incarnation of BMW's roadster appeared as the Z3 in 1996 (not to be confused with the Z8, a hand-built, limited-production model that first appeared a few years earlier). While open motoring was a new experience to mainstream BMW buyers, the 2-seat drop-top was offered with a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine that did little to stir the soul. Several larger engines appeared in subsequent years, (including an M Roadster in 1998)., but the early chassis was never fully up to the task. A fixed-roof Coupe joined the lineup in 1999. Both Z3 models were replaced by all-new Z4 Roadster/Coupe models in 2003 and 2006, respectively. Larger, stronger and much more refined than their predecessors, BMW's Z4 models were offered with a choice of 6-cylinder powerplants and manual, automatic, or SMG transmissions.

The 2009 model year marked a significant departure for BMW. The Z4 lineup-coupe and convertible-was replaced by a single model with a retractable hardtop, a first for a BWM roadster. The only significant change for 2011 is the addition of the Citrus Yellow package, a cosmetic upgrade that includes sport seats and uniquely colored upholstery.

Highlights:
  • Mostly a carryover for 2011
  • Three Z4 models: sDrive30i, sDrive35i, and sDrive35is
  • Standard 3.0-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 255 horsepower (sDrive30i model)
  • Standard 3.0-liter, single-turbocharged 6-cylinder engine rated at 300 horsepower (sDrive35i model)
  • Standard 3.0-liter, twin-turbocharged 6-cylinder engine rated at 335 horsepower (sDrive35is model)
  • Standard 6-speed manual transmission
  • Optional 6-speed "Steptronic" transmission
  • Optional 7-speed dual-clutch transmission (performance models only)
  • Standard rear-wheel drive
  • 2-passenger seating
  • NEW Citrus Yellow cosmetic package

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