1981 BMW 528i Automatic E28

The BMW 528i is a 4 door saloon (sedan) style car with a front positioned engine powering the rear wheels. It forms part of BMW's E28 range of cars. The power is produced by a naturally aspirated engine of 2.8 litre capacity. This powerplant features single overhead camshaft valve gear, 6 cylinder layout, and 2 valves per cylinder. It produces 181.5 bhp (184 PS/135 kW) of power at 5800 rpm, and maximum torque of 240 N·m (177 lb·ft/24.5 kgm) at 4200 rpm. The engine transmits power to the wheels via a 4 speed automatic gearbox. It weighs a claimed 1330 kg at the kerb. The BMW 528i is claimed to attain a top speed of 202 km/h or 126 mph.

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BMW 5-series E28 -
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Key facts

1981 BMW 528i Automatic E28 information summary

What body style?
4 door sedan/saloon with 4/5 seats
How long?
4620 mm
How heavy?
1330 kg
What size engine?
2.8 litre, 2788 cm3
How many cylinders?
6, Straight
How much power?
184 PS / 181.5 bhp / 135 kW @ 5800 rpm
How much torque?
240 Nm / 177 ft.lb / 24.5 kgm @ 4200 rpm
How quick?
0-60 mph: 9 s
How fast?
202 km/h, 126 mph

BMW E28 models

4 door sedan/​saloon FR 4M 1766 cm3 105 PS 103.5 bhp 77 kW 1140 kg
BMW 524td -
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 5M 2443 cm3 115 PS 113 bhp 84 kW 1330 kg
BMW 524td -
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 4A 2443 cm3 115 PS 113 bhp 84 kW
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 5M 2693 cm3 123 PS 121 bhp 90 kW
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 4A 2693 cm3 123 PS 121 bhp 90 kW
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 5M 3210 cm3 184 PS 181.5 bhp 135 kW
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 4A 3210 cm3 184 PS 181.5 bhp 135 kW
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 5M 2693 cm3 125 PS 123 bhp 92 kW 1250 kg
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 4A 2693 cm3 125 PS 123 bhp 92 kW
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 5M 1766 cm3 90 PS 89 bhp 66 kW 1140 kg
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 5M 1991 cm3 125 PS 123 bhp 92 kW 1220 kg
BMW 5-series E28 -
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 5M 2495 cm3 150 PS 148 bhp 110 kW 1280 kg
BMW 528i -
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 5M 2788 cm3 184 PS 181.5 bhp 135 kW 1300 kg

Similar models

4 door sedan/​saloon FF 3A 2144 cm3 172 PS 170 bhp 127 kW 1260 kg
4 door sedan/​saloon FF 5M 2144 cm3 172 PS 170 bhp 127 kW 1260 kg
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 5M 2969 cm3 180 PS 178 bhp 133 kW 1590 kg
4 door sedan/​saloon 5M 1997 cm3 170 PS 168 bhp 125 kW 1052 kg
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 3A 3376 cm3 183 PS 180 bhp 134 kW 1845 kg
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 5M 2316 cm3 181 PS 179 bhp 133 kW 1346 kg
1981 BMW 528i Automatic data
bodywork
Body type4/5 seater sedan/saloon
Number of doors4
Designer
dimensions & weights
mminches
Wheelbase 2620 mm 103.1 inches
Track/tread (front) 1430 mm 56.3 inches
Track/tread (rear) 1460 mm 57.5 inches
Length 4620 mm 181.9 inches
Width 1700 mm 66.9 inches
Height 1420 mm 55.9 inches
Ground clearance 140 mm 5.5 inches
length:wheelbase ratio 1.76
Kerb weight 1330 kg 2932 lb
Weight distribution
fuel tank capacity 70 litres 15.4 UK Gal 18.5 US Gal
aerodynamics
Drag coefficient 0.39
Frontal area
CdA
engine
engine type naturally aspirated petrol
Engine manufacturer BMW
Engine code M30B28
Cylinders Straight 6
Capacity 2.8 litre
2788 cc
(170.134 cu in)
Bore × Stroke 86 × 80 mm
3.39 × 3.15 in
Bore/stroke ratio 1.08
Valve gear single overhead camshaft (SOHC)
2 valves per cylinder
12 valves in total
maximum power output
(DIN)
184 PS (181.5 bhp) (135 kW)
at 5800 rpm
Specific output
(DIN)
65.1 bhp/litre
1.07 bhp/cu in
maximum torque
(DIN)
240 Nm (177 ft·lb) (24.5 kgm)
at 4200 rpm
Specific torque
(DIN)
86.08 Nm/litre
1.04 ft·lb/cu3
Engine construction
sump wet sumped
compression ratio 9.3:1
Fuel system Bosch L-Jetronic fuel injection
bmep (brake mean effective pressure) 1081.8 kPa (156.9 psi)
Maximum RPM
crankshaft bearings 7
Engine coolant Water
Unitary capacity 464.67 cc
Aspiration Normal
Compressor N/A
Intercooler None
Catalytic converter N
performance
Acceleration 0-80km/h (50mph)
Acceleration 0-60mph 9 s
Acceleration 0-100km/h
Acceleration 0-160km/h (100mph) 25.40 s
Standing quarter-mile
Standing kilometre
Maximum speed 202 km/h (126 mph)
Power-to-weight ratio 138.36 PS/tonne (1000 kg)
101.76 kW/tonne (1000 kg)
136.47 bhp/tonne (1000 kg)
0.06 bhp/lb
Weight-to-power ratio 9.83 kg/kW
16.41 lb/bhp
fuel consumption
Fuel consumption
universal consumption (calculated from the above)
litres/100km
km/litre
UK MPG
US MPG
Carbon dioxide emissions
Carfolio Calculated CO2 ?
VED band (UK)
CO2 Effizienz (DE)
chassis
Engine position front
Engine layout longitudinal
Drive wheels rear wheel drive  
Torque split N/A
Steering
turns lock-to-lock
Turning circle 10.90 m
Front suspension I.MS.LW.CS.ARB.
Rear suspension I.STA.CS.ARB.
Wheel size front
Wheel size rear
Tyres front 195/70 VR 14
Tyres rear 195/70 VR 14
Brakes F/R VeDi/Di-S
Front brake diameter 280 mm
Rear brake diameter
Braked area
Gearbox 4 speed automatic
Top gear ratio 0.73
Final drive ratio
general
Carfolio.com ID24332
Production total
Model code
Model family E28
RAC rating 27.5
Insurance classification No information available
Tax band No information available
1981 BMW 528i Automatic added before December 1995.
Last modified 2013-02-28.