BMW / 5 Series / sedan range
BMW has introduced a flurry of niche models in the past few years, but core
cars such as the 5 Series are still crucial to its success., , That’s why the
German car-maker has thrown everything at the F10 5 Series with a clean-sheet
design, new suspension, potent engines and dramatically improved interior., ,
It has also kissed goodbye the polarising E60 styling, adopting a more
traditional design mixing aggression and elegance., , There is an engine to
suit everyone, starting with a turbo-diesel, a naturally aspirated petrol six,
a turbo-petrol six and a twin-turbo petrol V8.
All are linked to a new ZF
transmission with no fewer than eight gears., , As with any BMW, there is a
long list of expensive options, including adaptive suspension, a bird’s-eye
camera system to assist with parking and heat-sensing night vision.
Model release dates: May 2010 - September 2013
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THE E60 5 Series was one of Chris Bangle’s most controversial designs,
dramatically breaking away from the styling of its predecessors., , , It also
had an advanced body, a mixture of aluminium and steel, aluminium suspension
amd six-speed automatics as standard, plus Active Steering, which alters the
rack ratio depending on the speed, as standard., , , The E60 replaced the last
classic 5 Series, the E39, in October 2003, while a wagon version arrived two
years later., , , The 525i had a 141kW and 245Nm 2.5-litre inline six-cylinder
engine with variable valve timing, while the 530i had a 170kW and 300Nm
straight six and a 4.4-litre V8 with 245kW and 460Nm was used for the 545i., ,
, The six-cylinder and the V8 engines were upgraded, and, finally, a diesel
version was made available in 2005 – the 530d with 160kW and 480Nm., , , A
mighty M5 arrived in June 2005 with a 373kW/520Nm V10 linked to the now-defunct
SMG automated-manual gearbox., , , BMW revised the 5 Series in 2007, when it
introduced the entry-level 523i petrol six before an even cheaper four-cylinder
diesel, called the 520d, arrived later that year.
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