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2021 BMW 5 Series by AC Schnitzer

2021 BMW 5 Series by AC Schnitzer

AC Schnitzer has a fresh package for the BMW 5 Series, making it more aggressive and powerful

AC Schnitzer is back with a new tuning program for the sedan and touring versions of the [BMW 5 Series->art189917. The kit includes aerodynamic enhancements, suspension upgrades, exhaust equipment, a new set of wheels, and engine upgrade programs that help improve the 5 Series’ power output and performance capabilities. Pricing details for the new tuning program have not been revealed.

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2021 BMW 5 Series

2021 BMW 5 Series

BMW has refreshed the 5 Series for the 2021 model year

BMW updated the 5 Series sedan for the 2021 model in May 2020. It looks sharper and sportier on the outside, features notable changes on the inside, and comes with a new mild-hybrid system for the six-cylinder engines. There are some tweaks made to make it aerodynamically more efficient, too.

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2018 BMW M550d xDrive - Driven

2018 BMW M550d xDrive - Driven

Meet one of the maddest performance diesels ever made

Europeans have enjoyed plenty of fast diesel cars over the last decade, and even in the wake of Dieselgate, manufacturers are still offering fast oil burners which don’t get much faster than the BMW M550d xDrive. The most unique thing about it is its power plant which uses no fewer than four turbochargers on its three-liter straight-six diesel to achieve some remarkable performance numbers.

Being a BMW, it drives with great precision too and even if it’s a bit on the heavy side, agility around bends is not an issue. It has plenty of tech on board to ensure fast driving is not only possible, but also enjoyable and surprisingly frisky - unlike other lesser-powered all-wheel drive diesel BMWs, the M550d’s tail will step out when you stab the throttle on corner exit.

It also stands out alongside lesser 5-Series models, thanks to the standard-fit M Performance aero pack, trunk lid spoiler and massive M brakes with blue calipers; the only other 5-Series which could attract more attention is the mighty M5.

Only available in Europe, the M550d is not the most powerful diesel in the world, but it is by far for its engine displacement. Being a diesel, it’s also considerably more efficient than a gasoline burning performance car with the same output and if you can refrain from driving it like a hooligan (which it kind of edges you to) its large fuel tank means you can cover quite a lot of ground without having to stop.

Photography by Andrei Nedelea

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2018 BMW 530e iPerformance

2018 BMW 530e iPerformance

Green sensibilities plus four-door German luxury

The 5 Series is Bimmer’s mid-size product, offered in a sedan, wagon, and fastback body style. Available since 1972, a total of seven generations have made their appearance over the years, with the current model making its introduction in October of 2016. This latest model sees an expansion into the Bavarian’s iPerformance lineup as the fourth such model to gain the designation. Seeking a balance between performance fun and a little efficiency as well, the 530e iPerformance gets all the same good stuff as the regular 5 Series, including the latest interior technology, snappy good looks, and a decent amount of performance, but adds a solid dose of hybrid efficiency and torque on top.

BMW says it’s doubling down on its electrified and hybrid offerings going forward, so it makes a lot of sense to see this relatively mild electrification for the 5 Series. We think it’s a smart move, as it manages to retain what we like about the 5 Series without diminishing anything in the process. It bodes well for future hybridized Bimmers, and sets a clear path forward as the Bavarians move to bring big batteries across its lineup.

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2018 BMW M550i xDrive – Driven

2018 BMW M550i xDrive – Driven

The 5 Series lives up to its reputation

The BMW 5 Series is one of those standard-bearers people use to benchmark other full-size sedans – and for good reason. It’s been well loved by BMW loyalists and jaded journalists the world over. From its home on the German Autobahn going triple digit speeds to weaving its way through the crowded streets of third-world countries where it chauffeurs government officials and local dignitaries, the 5 has been a mainstay for decades. For 2017, BMW debuted an all-new 5 Series, complete with an updated design, an architecture shared with the larger 7 Series, and more driver tech than ever. This new seventh-generation 5 Series also boasts a new M Performance model for 2018 – the BMW M550i xDrive.

Think of the 2018 BMW M550i xDrive like this: it’s like the standard 550i, but with its 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8, suspension, steering, and brakes reworked by the go-fast gurus at BMW’s M Performance division. And since the M5 variant of the seventh-generation 5 Series (G30) isn’t available till March of 2019, the M550i is the baddest 5 of the bunch. But it’s also worth pointing out the M550i xDrive and upcoming M5 have a lot in common. The two share the same V-8, though the M5’s will have more power thanks to larger turbos and a higher-flow fuel injection system, among other upgrades. The M5’s suspension will use stiffer bushings to match its sticker tires. The M5 will also have more driver control over the xDrive system and drive modes. And, of course, the M5 will have a more aggressive appearance to go with its track-focused performance. Still, the M550i is a 456-horsepower beast capable of hitting 60 mph in roughly 3.9 seconds yet treats its occupants to opulent luxury befitting a more dedicated cruiser.

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2018 BMW M550d xDrive

2018 BMW M550d xDrive

The diesel-powered M5 you’ve been waiting for!

The popular BMW 5 Series was redesigned for the 2017 model year, now sporting a fresh, but evolutionary design, a revamped interior, and a brand-new platform that’s lighter and stiffer. Loaded with state-of-the-art technology and several carbon-fiber-reinforced plastics, the new 5 Series also gained a range of updated engines, including four- and six-cylinder units. For the 2018 model year, BMW also launched new M550d versions for both the sedan and Touring wagon models.

Unique in this segment, the M550d is the range-topping variant of the diesel lineup, and although it’s not a proper M5, it has the exact same role on the market. It’s also an already established nameplate, having been introduced in early 2012 alongside other similar versions. Essentially, the only model that doesn’t have a competitor from Mercedes-Benz and Audi yet, the M550d comes with a major drawback, being sold on the European market only. However, its performance is outstanding given the diesel drivetrain, and it’s your only option if you want the torque and fuel economy of an oil burner, but the acceleration and dynamics of a gasoline vehicle.

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2017 BMW 5 Series Touring with M Performance Parts

2017 BMW 5 Series Touring with M Performance Parts

BMW’s mid-size luxury wagon gets a shot of M sportiness

In a world often taken up by personalization divisions and aftermarket options, it’s easy to miss out on the benefits of something as simple as an add-on package. They don’t get the flashy reviews or the top-of-the-page headlines, but there is an argument that they’re just as effective in giving life vehicle. BMW’s M Performance Parts is a good example of that since it’s often overshadowed by tuning companies and Bimmer’s Individual personalization division. But as it showed in the 5 Series Touring variant of the mid-sized luxury sedan, there’s more to the M Performance Parts than meets the eye.

The treatment itself is getting some well-deserved shine at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show where BMW will be displaying the 5 Series Touring with M Performance Parts in all its glory. It might be hard to recognize the difference, but rest assured, the package comes with an assortment of sporty goodies meant to drive up the personality of the 5 Series Touring. Starting with the exterior and moving to the interior and the engine (yep, there’s an optional power kit included) the M Performance Parts lives up to its name by turning the 5 Series Touring into a veritable M car.

It may not carry the iconic M badge, but that’s just a matter of cosmetics. The BMW 5 Series Touring with M Performance Parts looks and acts like an M car. That in itself is worth giving the station wagon the attention it deserves.

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2017 BMW 5 Series

2017 BMW 5 Series

New midsize loses weight, gains new technology and 7 Series-inspired design

In 2014, our spy photographers spotted the new-generation BMW 5 Series stretching its wheels on the Nurburgring track for the very first time. Later that year, the sedan was caught once again testing in Europe. Come October 2016 and the new 5 Series finally made its official debut, showcasing its evolutionary design and state-of-the art features.

As seen with recently launched new Bimmers, the new midsize sedan lost some weight thanks to BMW using the carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) technology in the larger 7 Series, as well as magnesium, aluminum, and high-strength steel in the car’s chassis. The sedan is up to 137 pounds lighter than its predecessor (depending on trim and equipment), which isn’t a whole lot but enough to make a difference in the performance and fuel economy departments.

As expected, the new-generation 5 Series was unveiled with inline four-cylinder, six-cylinder, and V-8 engines for the North American market, with a high-performance M5 to follow in 2017. Meanwhile, the four-door made its U.S. debut at the Detroit Auto Show and is slated to arrive in dealerships starting February 2017.

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2018 BMW M550i xDrive

2018 BMW M550i xDrive

The 5 Series will get M Sport treatment for 2017!

BMW markets the 5 Series as the world’s most successful business sedan, and considering it’s been around since 1972, there’s some merit to that. For the 2017 model year, the 5 Series entered its seventh generation, bringing a new design inside and out, a mild weight decreases thanks to CFRP technology derived from that of the 7 Series, a drag coefficient of just 0.22 Cd, a new 10.25-inch iDrive display, and an updated HUD that covers 70 percent more “space” than that of the outgoing model. BMW has yet to release official output numbers, but a mild increase in performance across the range is expected. BMW hasn’t even opened the order books yet, but that hasn’t stopped it from announcing the first ever M Performance version of the 5 Series. Dubbed the M550 xDrive, it comes complete with a 4.4-liter V-8 that produces 456 horsepower to go with a rear-wheel biased AWD system and an M Performance Chassis.

So, the ink isn’t even dry on the drawing board, and Bimmer is already growing its lineup of 5 Series models. This M550i will be the first M Performance model to us an M-Performance-modified V-8 and can be equipped with a handful of driver assistant systems. On the competition front, the standard 5 Series competes against models like the Audi A6, Infiniti Q70, and even the Cadillac CTS. But, do any of these competitors have a model that can actually compete with the new M550i? Well, we won’t know for sure until we get to see the M550i in the metal, but we can certainly look at how they all compare on paper. With that said, let’s get to it and see all of what the M550i has to offer.

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2016 BMW 5 Series Sedan With M Performance Accessories

2016 BMW 5 Series Sedan With M Performance Accessories

Add more life to your 5 Series sedans with these new M Performance accessories

In addition to being the most recognized brands in the world, major automakers can also afford to do things that some of its lesser equipped peers can do. Take BMW for example. Nobody is going to accuse the German automaker for being a “small” manufacturer and that’s precisely why it can afford to have something like BMW M Performance, a customization program meant to infuse M-like capabilities to most of BMW’s model lineup. The recently held Essen Motor Show showcased these wares to the public, including the new line of M Performance accessories that are set to become available for all variants of the new BMW 5 Series sedan.

If you happen to own any of new 5 Series variants that BMW’s talking about, these accessories are for you. Existing owners of the current-generation 5 Series have no reason to worry too because the accessories can be retrofitted to their cars to provide a dose of upgrades on all sections of the model. If you piece them all together, the new M Performance accessories for the 5 Series follow a similar blueprint as aftermarket programs. There are upgrades on the sedan’s aerodynamics, interior, drivetrain, and suspension. It even offers upgrades to the wheels, which proves the lengths by which BMW is capable of going to give its customers the service they deserve.

Most of the M Performance accessories can be had either separately or as a whole set depending on the whims and preference of a BMW 5 Series owner. BMW is set to launch the M Performance accessories for the new 5 Series in the first quarter of 2017, coinciding with the launch of the high-performance M550i xDrive. The new BMW 5 Series hits the road on February 2017.

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2018 BMW 5 Series Touring

2018 BMW 5 Series Touring

The proper alternative for a crossover

As BMW’s quest to fill every conceivable niche in the automotive segment continues, old favorites are still getting love. The German automaker debuted an all-new, fifth-generation version of its venerable 5 Series sedan model in late 2016, but the wagon version followed rapidly. Known as the 5 Series Touring, it was developed with the European market in mind. Six engine options exist, three of which can be optioned with BMW’s xDrive AWD system. The wagon rides on the same chassis as the 5 Series sedan, which is lighter yet more rigid than the previous model. Its cargo space has grown over the previous model, giving it an impressive 60 cubic feet of space behind the first row.

Sadly though, the American market will not enjoy this model. Wagons simply can’t compete with SUVs and crossovers these days. That’s a shame, too, especially when considering the benefits of a cavernous cargo space married with the performance driving characteristics inherent to the new 5 Series.

Six trim/engine choices are available with the 2018 5 Series Touring: the 520d, 525d 530d, 520i, 530i, and the 540i. Manual transmission fans can opt for the six-speed gearbox in the 520d. The rest come with BMW’s eight-speed Steptronic automatic gearbox from ZF.

Of course, the Touring model gets all the same technology found on the 5 Series sedan. This includes the new 10.25-inch Control Display for the iDrive system, a Head-Up Display, 3D mapping in the navigation system, email and contact syncing with Microsoft Exchange, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a slew of active safety features on par with the cutting edge of legality.

There’s plenty more information about the 5 Series Touring, so keep reading for the full run-down.

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2018 Alpina B5

2018 Alpina B5

Making a better M5

BMW just released the new, seventh-generation 5 Series, a.k.a. the G30, and with its arrival comes the expectation of a new Alpina B5. Essentially a BMW-approved tuner-special variant of the stock Bavarian mid-size luxury sedan, the new B5 is a viable alternative to the inevitable M-badged 5 Series, offering sleek, subtle styling enhancements, a classy, uber-comfortable cabin packed with technology, and a heady dose of turbocharged adrenaline under the hood.

It’s an intoxicating combination if you want more excitement from the 5 Series, but don’t want to go with the standard issue M5, or a hodgepodge of parts thrown together by any old speed shop. Alpina stands apart as a badge laden with OEM quality and high-end performance, and for the past 50 years or so, the company has been putting together race cars and street cars that take BMW’s best to new heights. 

Unfortunately, it’s rare to find Alpina’s offerings here in the states, which makes the recently spied B5 test mule pictured here a forbidden fruit. Regardless, spotting the new B5 in its native habitat incites a little speculation on our part. Read on for our predictions as to what it’ll offer.

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2018 Alpina B5 Touring

2018 Alpina B5 Touring

The Alpina B5 Touring was caught testing on the Nürburgring

It wasn’t all that long ago that we heard rumors about a BMW M5 Wagon being in the works, but so far we have yet to see an official example. But, not all is lost, as sneaky cameramen have managed to catch what we believe to be the Alpina B5 Touring putting in some beautiful work on the Nürburgring. For now, the Audi RS6 Avant and the AMG E63 Wagon have been dominating this specific segment, but this B5 Touring mule tells us that an M5 Touring is certainly on its way. For those of you who haven’t been keeping track, BMW hasn’t had an M5 Touring since the E61 Touring that was produced from 2007 to 2010, and even then it never made it to the U.S.

According to our camera crew, the B5 Touring you see here was actually making some rather quick laps on the ‘Ring, but that doesn’t mean it will get to us any quicker. It would be blasphemy for Alpina to drop the B5 Touring before the BMW-branded M5 hit the streets. The M5 should be revealed around this time next year, so you can expect the Alpina B5 and D5 – it’s diesel-drinking, torque-producing cousin – to be officially revealed sometime after that.

So, with that said, let’s take a good look at the spy shots we have here today and talk a little more about the Alpina B5 Touring.

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2016 BMW 5 Series Baron Edition

2016 BMW 5 Series Baron Edition

BMW adds a few options to the 5 Series to make "the gentleman’s car."

If you haven’t noticed, auto manufacturers are practically breaking their necks to release special edition models. It seems like there have already been a ton in the first four months of 2016. Last year BMW released the 5 Series Maestro as a Japan-only special edition, and now BMW is jumping on that wagon again with the BMW 5 Series Baron Edition, a model it claims is “for the real gentleman” and will only be available on the Japanese market.

The special edition is based on the BMW 523d sedan and includes just a few goodies that make it stand out from the standard model. But, don’t get too excited, because just about everything included on the special edition can be optioned on the standard 523d, so there really isn’t anything new to discuss as far as offerings go. Of course, that shouldn’t surprise you much, considering terms like “special edition” and “limited edition” are thrown around pretty loosely these days.

With that said, BMW will start taking orders for the “real gentleman’s car” on April 23rd, and just 200 examples will be sold before the mold is broken. So, why don’t we take a closer look at it before it officially goes on sale and see if there is anything to be excited about.

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