2012 BMW 528i, Z4 U.S. pricing announced

Article by Christian A., on August 17, 2011

BMW has revealed that there is a significant price hike for the 2012 BMW 528i, which is now powered by the TwinPower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. The new BMW 528i 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 mill.

The 2012 BMW 528i has a price tag of over $47,575. This means that there is around 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-percent more torque than the inline-6 and it also comes 1,500 rpm earlier. Thanks to a single, twin-scroll turbo, the new 2.0-liter Twin-Power turbo engine – while one-third smaller than its predecessor – delivers more output and torque across a much broader range of engine speed.

In terms of exterior looks, the 2012 edition of the BMW 528i is visually the same as its predecessor. While the 2011 528i was powered by a variant of the 3.0-liter in-line-six mill, the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine in the 2012 iteration – as mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission –consumes significantly less fuel.

The new 2012 BMW 528i offers four different driving modes: Sport+, Sport, Comfort and Eco Pro. As default, the Comfort is activated. The Sport+ and Sport modes offer more aggressive settings for the suspension, steering, transmission and stability control. The Eco-Pro mode, on the other hand, allows for a fuel-efficient driving style, employing an automated idle stop/start feature.

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.

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