View Full Version : BMW Unveils new F10 5 series

11-21-2009, 11:51 PM

We've already had a chance to hop behind the wheel of the 2010 5-Series Gran Turismo, but today BMW has officially unveiled the its less-porky sibling, the 2011 5-Series Sedan, revealing for the first time its official details and specifications.
Like the 5-Series GT, it will feature a platform shared largely with the new 7-Series. That means lots of space, good handling and plenty of appealing style, inside and out, as previewed in the shots leaked earlier today. The new nose of the 5-Series certainly resembles that of the new 7-Series, though the lower air dam/fog light area is styled differently as are the headlights. The grille and surround both retain strong 7-Series cues, however, and the lower side-panel crease running between the wheel wells appears to mimic is bigger brother as well. Despite all these 7-Series cues, however, the overall effect is more like that of the sporty 3-Series once the rear portion of the car and its overall proportions are taken into account, and that's a good thing.
Also like the 5-Series GT, the 5-Series Sedan will feature both the twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 engine in a 550i model and the new N55 single-turbo 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder. The big V-8 gets a 400-horsepower and 450-pound-foot rating in this application, while the 535i's six-cylinder checks in at 300 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque. A 240-horsepower 528i will arrive later in the year, at the same time the xDrive all-wheel-drive option becomes available.
Both the 550i and 535i will be available with six-speed manual transmissions here in the U.S., a boon to involved and enthusiastic drivers everywhere. BMW's ultra-smooth new 8-speed automatic will also be available for those that prefer a more serene driving experience.
BMW estimates the 550i will hit 60 mph in just 5.0 seconds, and can hit a top speed of 150 mph when equipped with the sport package. Otherwise, the top speed is limited to 130 mph.
Somewhat unusual for a BMW is the 20111 5-Series sedan's suspension arrangement, which gets A-arms up front and a multi-link arrangement in the rear. No typical BMW McStruts here. Unfortunately, electric power steering takes away most of the feel and handling confidence this suspension change provides--at least if the 550i GT is any guide.
A Sport Package includes BMW's Adaptive Drive, which is a package of eletronic driver aids including: Driving Dynamics Control, Electronic Damper Control and Active Roll Stabilization. Integral Active Steering can also be added optionally. For those that like to let it all hang out, an electronic limited-slip differential also kicks in once DSC is fully de-activated.
Standard wheels are 17x7-inch alloys on the 528i and 17x8-inch alloys on the 535i and 550i. All cars get run-flat all-season tires by default.
The new 5-Series will also likely raise the bar in comfort and convenience, gaining over half an inch in rear-seat knee room over the previous model and boasting 18.2 cubic feet of cargo space in the trunk. The 40:60 split folding rear seat also opens up larger-item possibilities.
A key upgrade for the new 2011 model is the addition of BMW's fourth-generation iDrive system. The high-tech, often complicated interface gets further refinement that makes it easier to use while still offering a fantastic depth of features. With output coming through either a 7-inch, 800x480 pixel display or a huge 10.2-inch 1280x480 pixel display, it will be even easier to see all those nested menus.
Heads-up display, an advanced instrument cluster, Bluetooth, an ultrasound-enabled Parking Assistant and more are available to further expand the high-tech smorgasbord.




Source: http://www.motorauthority.com/blog/1038870_2011-bmw-5-series-sedan-preview

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11-22-2009, 12:34 AM
From what I see, it's already an improvement.

11-22-2009, 03:03 AM
I think it will look even better slammed. That wheel gap is ridiculous. But so far, lookin' good.

11-22-2009, 10:14 AM


11-22-2009, 11:24 AM
Looks A LOT like its bigger brother the 7, I like it.

11-22-2009, 12:35 PM
wow those headlights... 5gt for me.

Dado 540
11-22-2009, 03:40 PM
Whats the price for this?

11-22-2009, 05:35 PM
Beautiful! I'm impressed!

11-22-2009, 06:33 PM
Whats the price for this?

probably will be similar price as the current E60.

11-22-2009, 06:51 PM
Meh. I'll reserve judgement until I see it in person.

11-23-2009, 01:25 PM
Meh. I'll reserve judgement until I see it in person.

I agree!

11-23-2009, 01:55 PM
Better than the current 5er

Dr. Flyview
11-23-2009, 01:59 PM
Theres just something about new cars I really don't like. Like what's with the butt ugly rims? Never any lip. Peephole windows. Door moldings are a thing of the past?

11-23-2009, 03:02 PM
I prefer this front:


The side, i dunno... The 5 gt really impressed me


Also, I love the functionality of having a hatch

11-23-2009, 03:05 PM


11-23-2009, 03:15 PM



PRESS RELEASE (http://www.autoblog.com/2009/11/23/bmw-5-series-2011-sedan-unveiled/)

11-23-2009, 03:20 PM
I think its beautyfull!!! Way better then new E class for sure.

11-23-2009, 03:20 PM
rear looks amazing!!

11-23-2009, 03:21 PM
rear looks amazing!!

Now imagine M5 rear *mw*

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11-23-2009, 04:57 PM
Nice car, that sunroof is MASSIVE

11-23-2009, 05:11 PM
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11-23-2009, 05:24 PM
The kidneys are way too small man, what are they thinking? I can barely tell it'sa bimmer :rolleyes:

However, WAY better than the previous hunk of shit (with the gayest lights ever).

11-23-2009, 05:36 PM
rear lights remind me of G37 lights, I think this one will be a hit.. after E60 this looks much much better. And interior wise I very much like it. They got everything right. 550i will be a monster!

11-23-2009, 05:54 PM
looks much better in these shots then the others posted

11-23-2009, 06:23 PM

Much nicer looking than the current 5'er, I'd hit that ass twice!

11-23-2009, 06:25 PM
Anyone notice that it appears that the angel eyes are now powered by LED's?

Dr. Flyview
11-23-2009, 06:34 PM
^^ Yea I noticed. Although, I don't know what the old ones were powered by lol.

11-23-2009, 07:45 PM
rear looks amazing!!

totally agree! Interior looks really nice too. I like how the dash doesn't have the extra bulge for the nav screen (not sure if the E60 did, but I hate the way it looks in the E9x compared to non-nav models).

11-23-2009, 09:26 PM
Gorgeous! I want one! Certainly worth the wait over the current one.

11-23-2009, 09:46 PM
wow those wheels are awful.

11-23-2009, 10:30 PM
LOL I never noticed the wheels til now

11-23-2009, 10:59 PM
Am I the only one who loves the current 5? This looks like a stretched out current 3 series.

11-23-2009, 11:02 PM
Am I the only one who loves the current 5?


11-24-2009, 12:59 AM
same sausage different length. slight changes from 7er. while the current 5 is not the prettiest it is definitely different. i guess so was the Aztek but it's not that ugly.

Interior is definitely a huge step up. finally proper LED readouts for the temp as opposed to the silly knobs which is so old school. i still like how they minimized the number of buttons unlike other makers like Acura that suffers from buttony.

11-24-2009, 09:42 AM
i dig

11-24-2009, 10:25 AM
Am I the only one who loves the current 5? This looks like a stretched out current 3 series.

I like both, but obviously this one is way better. the rear is just sex

iphone/smartphone integration = win

11-24-2009, 11:00 AM
now if they can just redesign the ugly 6 series, BMW will be on track once again.

11-24-2009, 01:26 PM
now if they can just redesign the ugly 6 series, BMW will be on track once again.

Now 6 sieries is not ugly... I think its a nice designed car, I very much like the current design of a 6 series. They just need to make it prettier. Just like they did with z4.

11-25-2009, 11:18 PM
E60 > this junk

11-27-2009, 09:24 AM
another size comp


11-27-2009, 10:38 AM
^ although the new 5s are larger than the old ones, this isn't a fair visual size representation because of scale: the new ones are in the foreground, hence larger. the old ones are in the background, hence smaller.

11-27-2009, 11:34 AM
i was thinking that those massive grills must drastically increase drag, but apparently they are dynamic and close when not needed and during cold runs... pretty cool. i wonder what the drag coefficient is compared to all the previous years

11-27-2009, 11:55 AM
So the previous seven series and E60 look to be the past. You can tell how bmw is trying to fix that when they got that new 7 series in 2001/2. I am glad. Thank god.

11-27-2009, 07:09 PM
another size comp


one of these things is not like the others.......

black bnr32
11-28-2009, 12:53 AM
better than the current 5er


11-29-2009, 01:25 AM
one of these things is not like the others.......


11-29-2009, 01:32 AM
found a new one:


11-29-2009, 02:20 PM

What I meant was, in that pic, the E34 appears to be the only M version. But I see what you mean by singling out the E60. It looks like it might be the mailman's kid:D

12-07-2009, 02:52 PM
What I meant was, in that pic, the E34 appears to be the only M version. But I see what you mean by singling out the E60. It looks like it might be the mailman's kid:D

None of them are M5's. The E34 is 530i/535i/540i with aero kit.

12-07-2009, 03:14 PM
None of them are M5's. The E34 is 530i/535i/540i with aero kit.

E34 has M5 bumpers. Aero kit looks different.

12-07-2009, 03:48 PM
E34 has M5 bumpers. Aero kit looks different.

Check Page 2 of this thread, post #21, pic is from a different angle. It's not an M5. It's a late model E34, facelifted with wide grille. Likely a 540i.

12-07-2009, 08:59 PM
^^ok you win. I didn't see that pic. If you only saw the one with the front view, you'd be excused for thinking it was a facelifted Euro M5 or even a Canadian M540i *shiner*