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SaN NizZLe 11-23-2009 01:58 PM

Official 2010/2011 5-series (F10) REVEALED
:str8pimpi:str8pimpi:str8pimpi :excited::excited: :woot: :drool::drool:

"It's official, the all-new 5-Series is here! A consistent class-leader since it was introduced back in 1972, the sixth-generation of the '5' promises to be every bit as revolutionary as its forbearers. Auto Express was at an exclusive unveiling of the car in Munich to bring you these first official images and all the details that matter.

With this car it's clear that BMW has put the Chris Bangle days behind it. The controversial ex chief designer brought his unique brand of love it or loathe it styling to the last 5-Series, but BMW has kept things more conventional this time around. Gone is the awkward boot lip, replaced instead by cleaner lines and tidy proportions, with only two main creases running along the side of the car.

In the flesh the low bonnet and shark-like nose give it a sportier and more elegant look than the formal styling of the outgoing model. In fact it appears more like a bigger brother for the 3-series than a down-sized version of the 7-Series we all expected. Something which Adrian van Hooydonk , design chief for the BMW Group claims is a coincidence: "It looks closer to the 3-Series because we've taken a sportier direction with the design. In turn, the design for the new 3-Series will have to be even sportier," he revealed.

A wheelbase of 2,968 millimetres, the longest in its class, translates to an additional 13 millimetres of leg room in the rear - just one highlight in a much improved cabin. The trademark angled centre console - puts the focus firmly on the driver, while an optional glass sunroof floods the cabin with light. The major design cues, such as the widescreen display and black-panel technology, which appears to be a piece of interior trim when the air-con is not in use and lights up magically when you turn it on, are lifted from the 5-Series GT. But whereas the GT focuses on light and space, the 5-Series is a cosier cockpit-style affair, hinting at its dynamic capabilities.

The engine line up includes four petrol and three diesels. Stop-start is included as standard on the 520d, predicted to be the biggest seller in the UK, while a new eight-speed auto transmission with wheel-mounted paddles can be ordered as an option over the six-speed manual, or comes as standard on the range-topping 550i.

With CO2 emissions of 132g/km and 56.5mpg the four-cylinder 520d is the most frugal 5-Series ever. It's joined in the diesel line up by two six-cylinder units - the 525d and 530d. Both 3.0-litre single turbo engines, they produce 201bhp and 242bhp respectively with the more powerful of the two still returning a creditable 44.8mpg.

Three straight-six petrol engines are offered - the 523i, 528i and 535i, all of which feature direct fuel injection. The two former are naturally aspirated, while the 535i is turbocharged resulting in 302bhp and a 0-60mph sprint in just 6.0 seconds. But if even more power is a priority, the range-topping 550i, featuring the 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 from the 7-Series, offers just that. Despite packing 401bhp and peak torque figure of 600Nm, the 550i is capable of 27.2mpg.

While the styling might have been toned down, BMW hasn't dulled its focus on the 5-Series being a car for keen drivers. New double-wishbone suspension at the front is said to strike the best balance yet between handling and comfort, while the Drive Dynamic Control system allows drivers to modulate throttle, steering and gearbox setting via four modes - Comfort, Normal, Sport and Sport+. The chassis is 50 per cent stiffer than the old model as well, for an overall weight penalty of only 15 kg.

For the UK market, standard equipment will be more generous than ever. All models now come with leather upholstery, automatic air conditioning and Bluetooth connection as standard. Among the myriad options, customers can specify a park assist system, collision warning with auto brake and 360 degree surround cameras which give a bird's eye view of the car on your display, for negotiating especially tight gaps and spaces.

Despite the additional standard kit, the 520d's price tag has only risen by 735 over the model it replaces. Further up the diesel range the 525d and 530d start from 32,380 and 36,300 respectively. The petrol line up begins at 30,560 for the 523i, climbing to 36,290 and 49,440 for the 535i and 550i respectively. The newcomer hits showrooms on March 10 minus the 520d, which follows in June."




john36 11-23-2009 02:03 PM

i like it:)

kpd1999 11-23-2009 02:37 PM

Thats not nearly as bad as I thought it was going to be..

D3LM3L 11-23-2009 03:25 PM

Can't wait to see the new M5!

JJR4884 11-23-2009 03:27 PM


looks like a grown up 3er respectively :)

Acarder 11-23-2009 05:54 PM

It looks like an evolution of the E39, exactly what the E60 should have been. Very nice

albeee 11-23-2009 07:46 PM

love it. if the m5 version is as low-key as this, that would be perfect.

sull78ds 11-23-2009 08:58 PM


Eurobahn BMW 11-23-2009 09:17 PM

looks like bmw went from jawless to overbite.

secono330ci 11-23-2009 09:18 PM

Looks beautiful!

firefirefire90 11-23-2009 09:21 PM

looks good, but still too snouty like the 7 imo :dunno:

Bake 11-23-2009 09:24 PM


Solo118 11-23-2009 11:21 PM


Originally Posted by photogenic (Post 10939575)
looks like bmw went from jawless to overbite.


But I really like it!!!!!!!!!!!

zuckuss00 11-24-2009 01:47 PM


So much better than the E60! Cant wait to see the M! I really hope BMW put something in there that will smash the CTSV and the S-Class AMG.

Just wish they would return to attaching the grills to the hood like the e39 and the e49! I cant stand the straight cut across the hood!

dan.e46 11-27-2009 08:49 PM


Originally Posted by zuckuss00 (Post 10942655)

So much better than the E60! Cant wait to see the M! I really hope BMW put something in there that will smash the CTSV and the S-Class AMG.

Just wish they would return to attaching the grills to the hood like the e39 and the e49! I cant stand the straight cut across the hood!

i believe they have to do this now because of new EURO safety standards to do with pedestrian accidents

SC98MaximaSE 11-28-2009 02:26 AM

car has absolutly no appeal. E39 remains as the last sexy 5 series.

M56 please....





Owtlaw333 11-28-2009 02:33 AM

^You think that looks better? It looks like the artist made some wavy lines on a piece of paper and connected them. Looks like a Buick in the rear, a Hyundai in the front... the only thing right is the Lexus-esque window trim. Interior isn't bad though... I actually love the look of those seats.

Even though the F10 may not be perfect, it still looks like it has class. That Infiniti looks like it's still imitating class. :dunno:

SC98MaximaSE 11-28-2009 01:08 PM

^ lmaoooo @ everything you said. the bimmer looks like a kia next to this.

Owtlaw333 11-28-2009 10:25 PM


Originally Posted by SC98MaximaSE (Post 10956790)
^ lmaoooo @ everything you said. the bimmer looks like a kia next to this.

I not-so-respectfully disagree, lol.

Seriously though... not a single line on that Infinity is original. All look borrowed :dunno:

Kain 11-29-2009 03:40 PM

I like it overall. However the rear looks a bit like the Lexus IS.

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