BMW 535d Review: The Road to Bear Mountain

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IMG_3577Continuing on the Bear Mountain Bridge Road, a three-mile (4.8-kilometer) winding road, took us down another mountain, Anthony’s Nose, the southernmost peak of the Hudson Highlands, and a rather steep one at that.  This is a great road to drive thanks to the twisties, provided there’s no traffic ahead.  The views along the way can’t be beat.

The bridge and its tollhouse on the Peekskill approach road, long abandoned, are on the National Register of Historic Places.  I stopped briefly at the tollhouse, which today serves as a visitor’s information center.

I then proceeded to the scenic overlook one mile (1.6 kilometers) past the tollhouse.  The views of Iona Island, which is part of Bear Mountain State Park, and Dunderberg Mountain, which was named that as a result of the frequent thunderstorms in the area, are quite breathtaking.

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From there it was time to head back home on Long Island, still 65 miles (104.6 kilometers) away.  Fuel economy for the 73-mile (118-kilometer) drive back from Bear Mountain’s summit was 38 mpg (6.2 l/100 km) at an average speed of 46.8 mph (75.3 km/h).

BOTTOM LINE

After a fun day of spirited driving in the 5er, with no effort made at all to minimize fuel usage (the car was set to sport or comfort, not to Eco Pro), we came very close to averaging out to the car’s 38 mpg EPA highway fuel economy rating, at 37.75 mpg or 6.23 l/100 km.  While the 535d’s fuel economy figures say Prius, its performance and handling say M, thanks in great measure to its 3.0-liter engine that develops more torque than the current generation M3’s.

(Photos:  Accura Media Group)

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