BMW has revealed that there’s a significant price hike for the 2012 BMW 528i, which is powered by the TwinPower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. It is slated to arrive in U.S. showrooms this fall. BMW said that the Z4 and 3-Series will all be priced considerably higher. BMW is bent on turning green by powering all its cars with ‘28i’ in their names with this TwinPower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which replaces the 3.0-liter.
The 2012 528i has a price tag of over $47,575. This means that there’s a $2,505 difference compared to the 2011 model that could be bought for $45,050. The new 2.0-liter engine is similar to the newest TwinPower Turbo 3.0-liter turbo inline-6 as it also uses a combination of high-pressure direct-injection and BMW's VALVETRONIC intake control with a forced induction system that includes a single twin-scroll turbocharger.
When used in the 528i, the top output of 240hp can be reached at 5,000 rpm, 1,500 rpm lower than in the normally-aspirated 3.0-liter inline six. The peak torque of 260 lb-ft, comes on stream at only 1,250 rpm. It means that it has 30% more torque than the inline-6 and it also comes 1,500 rpm earlier.
On the other hand, the Z4 has a MSRP of $49,525, making it cost $2,075 higher than the 2011 model. Z4 Customers will likely understand why the switch had to be done for the 5-Series but they may find an issue with the cost of the four-pot. This is because in this segment, the engine sound is likely to matter more to the customers than the efficiency.