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Bmw M535i - 1979-1988
Among the models bearing out bmws claim to make the fastest sedan in the world was the europe-only m535i, which could reach 143 mph. There were actually two: The 1979-80 version and the one rereleased in 1985 and discontinued with the advent of the m5. Neither should be confused with the tamer 5351, which was made available in north america.
Top speed of 130143 mph
engine typedrivetrain: Overhead-cam, in-line 6
displacement 3,4533,430 cc (3.53.4 l) power rating 218 hp
transmission 5-speed manual; 4-speed automatic optional for second m535i
chassis: Coil-spring suspension, with front macpherson struts; Disc brakes; 3,240 lbs. (first m535o
M for motorsport
the m denoting this most powerful of bmws line of series-five four-door sedans stands for motorsport, the racing division of bmw, while the i stands for fuel injection. Fast as the first m535i was, the second surpassed it with a higher 10:1 compression ratio and 225 ft.lbs. Of torque at 4,000 rpm. Antilock brakes, an upgraded suspension package, sport shock absorbers and a 25 percent limited-slip differential were standard m535i items.
wolf in sheeps clothing
because the first m535i retained the series fives boxy, boring styling, only the automobiles larger wheel rims and two m monograms gave other motorists any indication of the power under the hood of this midsized sedan. The second m535i
had a deep front air dam, side skirts and a rear spoileiv
The 1979-80 bmw m535i was a midsized sedan with few visible signs of the awesome power under the hood.
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