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.

The BMW 5-Series doesn’t exactly scream speed, but that’s not really its job anyway, right? Luxury is typically the name of its game, but Kelleners Sport wants to hear nothing about that. Their latest tuning package puts a little pep in the sedan’s step with an engine modification and some exterior mods. It’s not exactly a BMW M5 , but it will do for the 9-5ers.

Kelleners Sport has improved on the luxury vehicle with a new KS Power35 module for the BMW 535i that increases the engine’s performance from 306 HP to 367 HP. The peak torque has also been raised from 400 to 480 NM. Like we said, not excessive speed, but it will get the job done.

The aerodynamic package improves the look of the exterior by adding a front apron extension with integrated LED daytime running lights, an RS front spoiler lip, side mouldings, a rear spoiler and rear apron extension with diffuser, and a stainless steel rear silencer with round dual tailpipes. Wheels for this ride can be chosen from 19- or 20" and are available in Matte Black, Polished Graphite Silver, and Polished Platinum Silver. Performance springs have also been utilized to lower the vehicle’s ride height by 30 millimeters.

The interior of the BMW 5-series was mostly left untouched except for the addition of black velour floor mats featuring the Kelleners Sport logo and aluminum pedals.

Press release after the jump.

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Following testing conducted by US NCAP, the 2010 BMW 5 Series has been awarded a full house 5 star safety rating.

BMW has long been the benchmark in the luxury segment for its quality of build and dynamic driving ability, and now with a 5 out of 5 in crash testing, it’s also maintaining elevated levels of safety. In addition to this the new 5 was also awarded a special accolade in recognition of its Assist Advanced eCall - an advanced emergency call system with automatic localization and accident severity detection. Whether BMW have the upper hand in the aesthetics department, we’re not so sure. It definitely is a step in the right direction compared to the old model.

Consumers these days have safety high up on their most sought after features list when purchasing a new car, particularly a family saloon, so this rating should translate into higher profits for the German automaker.

Source: BMW
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When it comes to the business of aftermarket BMW bits, AC Schnitzer are the people you speak to. Not only because their quality and fitment is superb, but also because they’re the only BMW approved tuning company – meaning your bulletproof BMW Motorplan remains intact. They offer a host of aesthetic and performance parts for almost every BMW, amongst the favorites being their performance exhaust systems. Not only do they sound much sportier than the factory items, but they also help free up a few horses and Newton-meters to your chosen ride. In this feature you can listen to not only the tuned versions, but also their factory counterparts for an all-round aural experience. Be prepared to fork out some cash though – one of these babies doesn’t come cheap! Cars include: BMW 550i (F10) , BMW Z4 sDrive35is , different versions of the 650 BHP BMW X6M Falcon by AC Schnitzer , BMW 135i and 335i , and the BMW E92 M3 .

Check out the videos after the jump and don’t forget to turn up the volume!

Source: BMW Blog
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Suspension gurus H&R have released their lowering kits for the Audi RS5 and BMW 5 series touring models.

As newer model cars are launched, research and development in the area of aftermarket parts needs to keep up with newly implemented technology, more so in the luxury segment. The design engineers at H&R have worked tirelessly to ensure the new suspension products work, in certain applications, better than their OEM counterparts.

Barely a hundred of these road rockets have been delivered worldwide and already there are a plethora of aftermarket parts available. The latest of which is a new suspension kit from H&R that lowers the stance and stiffens the body of the menacing RS5. The kit comprises of new, thicker anti-roll bars and lowering springs in either 15 or 25 millimeters - depending on your preference. For serious drivers, they have also developed a fully adjustable coilover system, although if fitted will negate the fancy factory electronic setup.

Hit the jump for the full story.

Source: H&R

We’ve already touched on this before, but its certainly worth saying again given that BMW will be readying three new versions of the 2011 BMW 5-Series Touring at the 2010 Paris Motor Show.

For those of you who think that the station wagon version of the new 5-Series will be ready for US soil down the road, you’re terribly out of luck. We’re not trying to rub it in your faces; it’s just the cold hard truth straight from the mouth of BMW.

So when the Bavarian automaker unveils three new versions of the 5-Series Touring at the Paris Motor Show, including a 525d Touring that packs 204 horsepower, a 535d Touring with twin turbochargers that also produces 300 horsepower, and a 3.0-liter diesel with an in-line six cylinder, don’t expect it to come Stateside – at least for the time being.

We’re still holding up hope, though, that BMW will do an about-face on bringing the 5-Series Touring Stateside – or even Canada, for that matter – but for now, the closest we can come to the car is the Internet.

That is unless we all decide to move to Europe, in which case, dibs.

BMW seems to think it is missing a couple of ducks in their row, and we couldn’t agree more. Until now, the German brand has offered a sedan, a station wagon, and a GT version for their 5-Series , but something just seemed to be missing. Maybe a coupe and cabrio version would help straighten out that previously mentioned duck row. BMW certainly thinks so.

Apparently, a coupe and cabrio version for the 5-Series has always been in the back of the minds of executives over at BMW and they finally decided to do something about it by coming up with a proposal for a Concept car. This decision was a little easier to make once Mercedes announced its plans for a coupe version for the C-Class .

The look of the coupe is going to be similar to the sedan with the addition of two stretched doors and the rear lights from the station wagon model. The front of the car will receive a wider lower opening and re-profiled lights. The same treatment will be applied to the convertible version, which will mostly follow the design language of the 3-Series cabrio with its fully functional hardtop. The hardtop isn’t a sure deal though since there have been talks to drop it in exchange for a large trunk space.

That’s about all we know at this point. Now all we have to do is wait for some BMW exec to "leak" more information or for the concept versions to present themselves.

The German tuner, AC Schnitzer, has unveiled a new tuning package for the latest BMW 5-Series . For starters, the tuner worked on updating the 530d, but the rest of the models on the 5-Series lineup will be getting their modifications soon!

All models will receive an aerodynamic kit that includes a new front spoiler, chromed grille, rear skirt insert with integrated sports exhaust, rear roof spoiler, and rear spoiler and side skirts with chromed design elements.

The interior gets an AC Schnitzer "Evo" sports airbag steering wheel with optional AC Schnitzer carbon steering wheel insert, a carbon interior trim, and a carbon sill trim set, all in black "Exclusiv". The models will also receive an aluminum cover for the i-Drive System Controller, aluminum foot rests and pedal set, as well as gear knobs in leather and aluminum (black anodized), with leather and illumination or digital gear display.

The package also includes an 8-piston high performance brake system, an AC Schnitzer spring kit, and 19 or 20-inch Type IV wheels in BiColor or silver.

This tuning kit for the BMW 5-Series by AC Schnitzer actually reminds us a lot of the kit provided for the sedan by Hamann . Hit the jump to compare some photos!

Press release after the jump.

British tuner, Superchips, has decided that diesel engines can be just as much fun as their petrol counterparts, so they decided to do a little reconfiguring for BMW’s 3.0-liter, six-cylinder engine that powers models like the BMW 3-Series , 5-Series , 7-Series , X5 , and X6 .

Superchips was able to increase the power of the diesel engine by 44hp at 4183 rpm and 90 Nm of torque at just 2222 rpm. This brings the total output to 313hp and 627Nm of torque. In order to accomplish this task, Superchips had to perform a remap of the engine while taking into consideration the "careful optimization of fueling and turbo boost settings". According to Superchips, this reconfiguration allows for a sharper throttle response, a keener, more urgent engine, a harder pull throughout the rev range.

The BMW 3.0 D ECU remap is priced at £445.00 and comes with a 12 month/30,000 mile supplementary vehicle warranty.

Press release after the jump.

We saw the first package from the newly sprung partnership between Lumma Design and Top Car back in June when they released a photo shoot featuring the CLR X 650 . That venture was not the last we were going to see of this new endeavor. so we sat back and patiently waited for the next vehicle to be presented. Enter the CLR 500 RS2 based off of the new BMW 5-Series and upgraded with both engine and aerodynamic updates.

But let’s start at the beginning. For the exterior, the tuners are offering a carbon fiber hood, wing extensions, a new front spoiler with huge air intakes, LED lights, new side skirts, a new rear spoiler, and a diffuser made by carbon fiber. Rounding off the exterior of the BMW is a new set of wheels and a matte black paint. The interior also gets lots of carbon fiber inserts. All of this makes the CLR 500 RS2 anything, but subtle.

The kit is based on a 535i, which in its standard version develops a total of 306 HP. But after a few tricks, the engine’s output has been increased to an impressive 380 HP. The price for the kit is $174,000.

UPDATE 06/20/11: New photos are up of BMW CLR 500 RS2 courtesy of the collaborative efforts between Lumma Design and TopCar. The car may have escaped our attentions by the passing of time, but trust us, everything will all come rushing back once you take a look at these newly-released photos.

After tuning the SLS AMG , Hamann has decided to take a peek at the BMW 5-Series as well. For the moment the package is only focusing on improving the car’s aerodynamic, but an engine update will be offered in the future.

The exterior package includes a front spoiler, aggressive side skirts, a rear bumper center valence, a roof-mounted spoiler, and a trunk-mounted spoiler. The tuner is also offering a lowering kit that reduces the car’s height by 35 mm. The exterior package is finished by 20" wheels, LED daytime running light inserts, and a stainless steel four-tailpipe sport exhaust system.

The interior gets a carbon fiber package for the decorative strip 2 pieced for dashboard, inside door handle covers front & rear, decorative strip 3 pieced for center console, and steering wheel cover. There is also a set of aluminum pedals and branded floor mats. Prices will be announced at a later date.

Comparing the package for the Mercedes SLS AMG and the BMW 5-Series, we think the package for theBMW is much more well-rounded than the SLS AMG’s package. Hamann has succeeded in completing the look of the BMW and making it look that much better and more expensive. This tuning package allows the 5-series to have an even cleaner and more striking appearance.

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