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BMW 5-Series

BMW 5-Series

  BMW began producing the 5-Series models in 1972 and is currently producing the sixth generation of the luxury car. Sold in both sedan and touring styles, the BMW 5-Series is powered by a single turbo inline-6 N55 and the twin-turbo V8 N63, and is mated to a ZF 8-speed automatic transmission. BMW also released the 5-Series Gran Turismo which is a coupé-like crossover powered by a single-turbo diesel I6 producing 242hp, a single-turbo I6 producing 302hp, and a twin-turbo V8 producing 402hp. These engines are mated to a ZF 8-speed automatic transmission and get stopping power from the new Brake Energy Regeneration system.


We have been keeping close tabs on the updated 5-Series and we have caught some pretty nice spy shots. Unfortunately, the testers have done a pretty good job keeping the revisions hidden. We saw a few leaked images last month , but the source was not very reputable. The covers were blown off once again today, as Auto Zeitung is obviously doing a piece on the facelift and an image from this article has oozed its way onto the information superhighway. This new image confirms that the previous leaks were accurate and gives us a little clarity.

From the looks of this leaked image, all of our suspicions are accurate. The image reveals that the grille is fully modified and the lower air dam is now wide open, giving the 5er a rather odd-looking smile. The only area that we were initially incorrect on is the headlight design — they do not go all the way to the grille like they do on the 3-Series . Another area we were slightly incorrect was the hood, which features larger ridges and a deeper valley down the center of it.

Unfortunately, no details were revealed about the powerplants, but we expect to see a new in-line six cylinder to replace the N55. We’ll find out all of the official details in Shanghai!

Source: Auto Zeitung

Our spy photographers have caught the facelifted version of the BMW 5-Series testing in many times, but each time the prototypes were slightly camouflaged. Today, however, a set of images coming from China have revealed the upcoming 5-Series completely undisguised.

The exterior changes are quite limited and they include: larger fog lamps surrounded by chrome detailing and a revised rear bumper. The biggest surprise is that BMW decided not to install the headlamps we have seen in the new 3-Series. Or, is this a sign that these leaked images are fake?

The interior will also receive a series of updates, including: higher quality materials and new technologies. Under the hood, the only major update we know of is a new turbocharged in-line six-cylinder replacing the old N55 engine in the 535i version.

We expect BMW to unveil the revised 5-Series pretty soon, most likely at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show or in April at the Auto Shanghai.

Source: auto.163

The Land Down Under is fixing to get an infusion of M awesomeness after BMW’s Australian division launched a series of limited-run M Sport models as part of the company’s "Festival of M".

That’s really great, made even more so by the fact that the M Sport lineup will feature a number of models, each coming with their own unique modifications. The biggest of the bunch is the X5 M Sport Limited Edition and BMW Australia decked with a bevy of new components. The M Sport body kit is obviously fitted into the SUV, as was a chrome M Sport tailpipe finisher, bi-xenon headlights and a set of 20-inch M double spoke alloy wheels. Looking at the photo of the SUV, though, there doesn’t appear to much of a difference from the standard model.

Meanwhile, the interior is dressed up too, at least to a certain extent. There’s the M leather-wrapped steering wheel with gearshift paddles and electric seats. Other components include a Navigation Professional package, an automatic tailgate, a rearview camera, voice control and anti-dazzle exterior mirrors. This one isn’t exactly our cup of tea, at least compared to what the other M Sport limited edition models.

The next two are the 5-Series and Z4 , both of which will receive an M Sport package that includes an M Sport suspension, a new aero kit, a leather steering wheel, a set of bespoke 18-inch alloys, blue leather-piped velour floor mats, chrome-plated "Limited Edition" door sill finishers, an anthracite headliner for the coupe, and blue-stitched upholstery. Now this is more like it. The mixture of aesthetic and aero upgrades is definitely right in our wheelhouse. If you can get aftermarket performance upgrades on that Z4, then you really have something there.

Finally, the 1-Series and 3-Series Coupe and Convertible have received M Sport Plus packages, comprising of an aluminum glacier silver interior trim with glossy-black kidney grilles. The 3er, in particular, also has new sport seats, black exterior mirror caps, and stainless steel foot pedals.

If given a choice, we’re definitely rolling with the Z4 M Limited Edition. Its program is comprehensive enough without being too tacky.

Check out the price list of all M Limited Edition models after the jump.

Back at the 2011 Shanghai Motor Show, BMW unveiled a 5-Series plug-in concept car that allowed an emission-free driving range of about 47 miles, at a speed not more than 37 mph. It now looks like that concept is about to become reality, as our spy photographers have caught the car testing for the first time. Of course, we expect some improvements in the production version, but either way it sounds very promising.

What make us think this is indeed a plug-in hybrid version of the BMW 5-Series ? Well, the answer is quite simple: there is an easy-to-spot small fuel door hiding the charging port, plus that the port has a red sticker over it that warns of "high voltage" and tells the driver not to open the charging port.

The problem is that when BMW unveiled the concept version, it announced it was an "e-car from China for China," so most likely this model will land only on Chinese shores, for now.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2014 BMW 5-Series Plug-in Hybrid.

BMW 5-Series

At the end of October, we brought you the first spy shots of the facelifted version of the BMW 5-Series sedan . That prototype was wearing camouflage over the good parts — the parts being updated —so it was kind of difficult to see what changes the 2014 5-Series will bear. Thanks to our crack rendering team, we have a our rendering of the 2014 5-Series. We hope it gives you a clearer look at what we all expect to see when Bimmer unveils it.

The most significant changes will be made up front, as it will feature new air intakes on the front bumper, a new headlight design and a grille that sits more upright. As you can see, we have also included headlights that go all the way to the grille — a feature first seen on the 3-Series and that we expected to make its way over to the 5-Series lineup.

Most of the changes will be limited to the exterior, but there will be one under-hood change. This change will be the elimination of the N55 engine in the 535i and the addition of a new turbocharged in-line six-cylinder.


Diesel models are quite a hit in Europe, but in the U.S. market, they have only just begun to gain momentum because people are still learning about them. Despite the relative novelty, it looks like BMW is preparing a diesel invasion in the U.S. market with no less than six new diesel models set to debut by 2014.

Back in June 2012, it was reported that BMW was planning to offer a diesel 7-Series to its U.S. customers, but apparently this won’t be the only model. Next to it, we will also get a 3-Series sedan in the first half of 2013 and a station wagon in the second half. A 5-Series diesel will arrive in the third quarter of 2013 and the X5d at the end of 2013. The 7-Series will be the first diesel to arrive in the first half of 2014 and it will be followed by a X3d .

In terms of powerplants, the 3-Series will likely use the new 130-horsepower, 3-cylinder diesel engine , while the rest of BMW’s diesel lineup will get a six-cylinder diesel engine.

Source: VW Vortex

The next major event of the Fall is the SEMA Auto Show and if there haven’t been enough reasons to follow the vehicles that will be attending, this next model should seal the deal. The guys over at IND Distribution will be headed to Las Vegas with a special project based on the new BMW M5 . The tuner has yet to offer any details on this car’s specifications, but they did promise that it will be the "world’s fastest M5 ." Has this caught your attention yet?

IND Distribution wants to keep as much of their new project secret as possible, but these images do reveal a special feature that certainly starts things off right. The IND BMW M5 is sporting a smooth carbon fiber roof. Aside from that key feature, we can also see Recaro seats, special safety equipment developed by Fall Line Motorsports, and new KW suspensions.

We’re willing to bet our paychecks that this list of features will be much longer than that, especially since there is no mention yet as to the power upgrades provided. This M5 can’t be the world’s fastest without a good boost in power. All we can do now is wait and see "the absolute best F10 M5 possible" when it debuts at the 2012 SEMA Auto Show, which starts on October 30, 2012.

BMW M6 Coupe

While most people are still waiting to receive their BMW M5 or M6 , BMW North America has just issued a recall for these exact model, at least the ones produced between July 2012 and September 2012. According to BMW officials, a total of 696 vehicles in the US are potentially affected.

According to the official statement, the issue "involves the engine oil pump. The pump driveshaft can separate from the pump rotor. If this were to occur, the engine could experience a sudden loss of oil pressure which could cause severe engine damage."

However, it is very easy for the driver to become aware of the problem. "If the vehicle experiences a sudden loss of oil pressure, a low oil pressure warning indicator is displayed in the instrument cluster, along with a warning message in the control display."

BMW is advising its clients not to drive the M5 or the M6 until the recall is completed. Customers who discover an engine loss to their car are advised to carefully pull over to the side of the road and shut off the engine. In this case, contact BMW Roadside Assistance at 1-800-332-4269. During the recall, deliveries of these models will be stopped.

Source: F10 M5 Post

The new BMW M5 marked the first time the company ever used a turbocharged engine for that specific model and the added boost was worth it, providing the 4.4-liter V8 with a galloping 560 HP at 6,000 – 7,000 rpm and a 502 lb-ft of torque from 1,500 rpm. Much to our surprise, though, BMW failed to offer a wide variety of performance numbers for their new sports sedan, leaving the ball in the customers’ court as to how fast the M5 could really go. Lucky for us, an owner of the new M5 was kind enough to share some of his performance times.

This owner recently took his M5 to a local drag strip, pulling in a time of 11.92 seconds at 119 mph with a 1.9 sixty foot. This was only his first attempt, however, as after getting used to the launch control, he managed to improve his time to 11.78 seconds at 119 mph with 1.85 sixty foot. He said that his M5 was bone stock, including the tires and air pressure.

This adds to the BMW M5’s already stellar performance numbers of 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and its Nurburgring lap time of 7:55, as well as its top speed of 190 mph.

Source: M5 Post

In the past few years, the European police units have had the chance to enjoy some of the most amazing sports and super cars out on the market in one way or another, such as the Italian officers’ use of the Gallardo LP560-4 Polizia . Now, they’re getting another toy to play with thanks to BMW . The German automaker has unveiled a very cool M5 Police car at the Welt Museum in Munich, Germany. Unfortunately, this is just a concept for now, so the bad guys can hold off on worrying.

The M5 Police Car features the traditional German police livery, a black grille, and a light bar. Just as all the other German police cars, the new M5 Police has been equipped with iDrive-controlled warning lights, LED identification lights, and sirens. Add that to the already amazing 560 HP 4.4 liter V8 engine, and you have an amazing police car!


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