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Things are looking good for BMW's famous '5' in latest generation guise

14 May 2010

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 date: 1 May 2010 to 1 September 2013

Previous model

E60 5 Series

Released: October 2003
Ended: May 2010
Family Tree: 5 Series

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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