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.

Although it received a much-anticipated facelift for the 2014 model year, the current-generation BMW 5 Series won’t be around for more than a couple of years. A completely redesigned version is being tested as we speak, and the Germans are readying for a 2016 launch. Much like every new generation, the upcoming 5 Series sedan will debut alongside a Touring brother, or as we call it here in the States, a station wagon. Both vehicles have been spotted in the past wearing swirly camouflage and prototype lights.

It’s been a few months since we’ve last seen a 5 Series and our spy photographers have stumbled upon the 5 Series Touring this time. Nothing has changed camouflage-wise, but this time the vehicle was riding on its own wheels and not on a truck. Actually, the photos show the wagon is already stretching its legs on the Nurburgring track, which suggests the Germans have reached a new development stage.

What’s more, our paparazzi also managed to snap some shots of the interior, a premiere in the case of the next-gen 5 Series. Read on to find out more about the newest details surrounding BMW’s upcoming midsize luxury car.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW 5 Series Touring.

Oh, the things we see on eBay . The commerce site has and will always have some interesting items up for sale or auction. That was no more evident to us than when we happened upon a restored 1988 BMW M5 that actually looks pretty good given its age. According to the seller, this particular M5 has been restored to serve as a nice "daily driver," the kind that can take you from point A to point B in style and without any mechanical problems. Given that its essentially a 26-year old car, such ringing promises are good to hear.

More impressive in this case is the car’s reported forays in the drag strip back in its day. It can supposedly run a quarter-mile in 13 seconds, no small feat for any sports car by today’s standards.

But you’re not getting just any M5 either, as it was also given a series of upgrades. These upgrades include the installation of a new throwout bearing and new transmission output shaft and shifter seals. The best of the updates is a hot new engine that not only adds some extra firepower, but also had just 17,000 miles on it when the owner dropped it into the car.

Click past the jump to read more about the 1988 BMW M5.

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With so many new models challenging its place atop the midsize luxury segment, the BMW M5 probably needs an upgrade more than any other model in the BMW lineup. Not that it’s any of the car’s fault; but with the arrival of cars like the Cadillac CTS Sedan and the Jaguar XF-R , the M5 needs its own shot in the arm to remain relevant.

As it turns out, BMW M GmbH President Friedrich Nitschke has a few plans on how to accomplish that. Talking to Auto Motor und Sport, Nitschke revealed that the next-generation M5 will receive a host of new changes, including the adoption of an all-wheel-drive system that will allow the M5 to be as balanced as some of its current competitors.

Another likely change to the next-generation M5 would be to make the car much lighter than its current configuration, possibly losing as much as 180 pounds in the process. The entire objective, it seems, is to give the M5 a more performance-oriented character that the current generation seems to lack, at least in the eyes of BMW.

Nitschke stopped short of officially confirming these changes for the next-generation M5, but the mere indication of wholesale changes to one of the most popular models of BMW’s M division seems to suggest that BMW is prepared to show the world that the M5 is far from a finished model.

Note: Current BMW M5 pictured here.

Click past the jump to read more about the current BMW M5.

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Earlier this year, our spy photographers managed to catch the next-generation BMW 5 Series Touring while it was being towed to a test facility in Europe. Today, the next 5 Series was caught once again, but this time we caught both the sedan and station wagon variants.

As you can see, the 5 Series that we caught testing is covered in tons of camouflage, which shows us that BMW BMW is planning a pretty significant overhaul. Unfortunately, it looks like the 5er is still in its early production stages so what you see may not carry over into the production model.

Rumors suggest that the next 5 Series will lose some weight, thanks to the use of next-generation 7 Series -derived CFRP technology. We also believe that the model will feature an exterior design inspired by the Vision Connected Drive concept and an interior stuffed with tons of safety gizmos.

Under its hood, BMW will place an update range of engines, starting with a new 1.5-liter, three-cylinder engine and capping off with a V-8 in the M5 — if BMW decides not to replace the V-8 with the new six-cylinder engine from the 2014 M3 .

The next-generation BMW 5 Series is expected to be unveiled sometime in 2016, making it a 2017 model year here in the U.S.

Updated 03/27/2014: British magazine AutoExpress revealed a series of new info on the next-generation BMW 5 Series set to be revealed in 2016. According to the magazine, the next 5 Series will feature a range of modular engines that use 0.5-liter cylinders, similar to the three-cylinder engine found in the new Mini lineup. BMW i BMW i s still weighing whether customers would actually buy a three-cylinder 5er, but at least the architecture and cost spreading is in place. Additionally, this will be the cleanest engine lineup in the class, set to deliver under 100g/km.

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Chris Harris started the year with a series of models specially developed to deliver great fuel economy. This time around, Harris got behind the wheel of the 2014 BMW 535d .

We’re not very sure what happened and why Harris went from extreme drifting to these obedient reviews, but it looks like someone paid him to treat this car as nicely as he possibly could. Then again, when you’re whipping around a diesel-powered BMW 5 Series , there’s not too much desire to really hammer on it. Rather, this is an elegant and class car that tuned more for mpg than drifting.

Under the hood of the BMW 535d is a 3.0-liter, straight-six diesel engine that delivers a total of 255 horsepower at 4,000 rpm and a stump-ripping 413 pound-feet from 1,500 rpm. The sprint from 0 to 60 mph is complete in just 5.8 seconds and top speed is limited to 130 mph.

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In December, one of the best tuning shows kicks off in Essen, Germany, and AC Schnitzer has already started unwrapping kits it will display on the show floor. The first of them will be based on the BMW 5 Series Touring and as expected, it includes upgrades to the exterior, interior and the drivetrain.

AC Schnitzer is offering power upgrades to pretty much all the models in the 5er Touring lineup, starting with the 520d and up to the 550i with output ranging from 34 to 93 horsepower. As you probably expected, the biggest upgrade is for the 550i, which AC tuned to deliver a total of 525 horsepower — a healthy boost from the standard 449 horsepower.

To help milk this extra power from the various 5 Series models, AC remapped the ECU and added a new exhaust system with sports rear silencer and tailpipes.

Also included is a sharp body kit that gives the 5 Series a new look, while maintaining its overall classy appearance. On the inside, the 5er gets an aluminum gear shifter knob and pedals, as well as high-end velour floor mats.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW 5 Series Touring by AC Schnitzer.

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BMW just unveiled the revisions for the current-gen BMW 5 Series and our spy photographers already caught the next generation on its way to a testing session. According to the first details we have the next generation 5 Series will arrive on the market in 2016 with lots of improvements when compared to the current generation.

Recent reports suggest that the next 5 Series will lose some weight, thanks to the use of the next-generation 7 Series -derived CFRP technology. The same reports also suggest that the car’s exterior design will be inspired by the Vision Connected Drive concept, while the interior will be stuffed with the latest driver assistance systems.

Under its hood, the new 5 Series will offer an improved version of the current engine lineup, but a high-efficient three-cylinder diesel engine is also rumored to be offered.

Click past the jump to read more about the next generation BMW 5 Series.

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The BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo is still a relative baby in the industry after only making its debut in 2009. But in the short time that its been around, the 5er GT has made quite an impression on a lot of people, but not exactly for the right reasons.

Next to the 5 Series Sedan and Touring , BMW will also be offering a facelift version for the not-so-successful 5 Series GT.

Just like with the sedan and touring, the 5 Series GT has received a host of changes to its design to make it a little more enticing to the public, including a new front bumper, a slightly revised grille, and a new headlight design. On the backside, it will receive a new bumper and taillights with new graphics. All these changes, while extensive in description, don’t really add the kind of eye-popping upgrades that we were looking for in the 2014 model.

The interior of the 5 Series GT is wonderful, though. That’s pretty important considering that with its young age relative to its competitors - the Audi S6 and the Mercedes E-Class, among them - BMW needed something to catch some eyes and pique their interests.

Where the 5 Series GT has the leg up though is the impressive powertrain options being offered. The old N55 engine is still alive and kicking, as is the world famous N63 powertrain that gives some serious noise under the hood of that fastback.

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How would you like a BMW 550i with nearly the same output of a BMW M5 ? Sounds great, right?

Dinan Engineering decided that a 550i can do much more than BMW believes and came up with a tuning kit for it. A standard 550i is powered by a 4.4-liter, V-8 engine equipped with TwinPower technology for a maximum output of 400 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque, which are pretty respectable numbers.

The guys over Dinan decided that wasn’t enough and installed larger intercoolers and turbochargers, and remapped the ECU. Also included with the kit is a new exhaust system and a carbon-fiber high-flow intake. All of these upgrades take the final output up to a total of 542 horsepower and 587 pound-feet of torque, which is only 18 horsepower less than the M5 and 86 pound-feet of torque more than the M5. Top speed has also been increased to an amazing 200 mph, which bests the M5’s top rating of 190 mph.

The problem is the price, as a base 550i costs $62,700 and the kit adds another $39,000. This means a total of $101,700. you can snag up an M5 sedan is from $90,200.

Click past the jump to read more about BMW 550i S3 by Dinan Engineering.

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After being caught testing in many times, the revised BMW 5-Series lineup made its world debut today before being put on sale later in July. As no surprise, BMW is offering no major updates on the car’s exterior and look, but it did added a new model to the lineup: the 518d, plus a more powerful V-8 powertrain.

In terms of design the 5-Series sedan received different structured lower air intakes, a modified front apron and more sharply contoured taillights. For the first time the 5-Series is being offered with two new package: BMW Luxury Line and BMW Modern Line packages, both adding exclusive design and equipment features.

For the interior BMW is offering additional chrome trim, more room on the storage compartments, and of course new upholstery colors and interior trim elements.

Updated 05/21/2013: BMW U.S.A announced pricing and release date for the revised 5-Series lineup.

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