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2011 BMW 5-Series - New Details Emerge

 2011 BMW 5-Series - New Details Emerge
2010 BMW 5 Series rendering

Next generation BMW 5 series will come with a series of turbo charged engines

More details of the next generation BMW 5 series are emerging.

The development 5 series, stealthily referred to as the F10 in BMW code language, will arrive as a 2011 model sometime in late 2010, we hope. And it will see BMW go very turbo, as it begins to rely on turbocharging to maintain or increase power while keeping the weight down. Although the car will also be slightly larger, BMW will be keeping the body mass down with the use of aluminum body panels in the roof, fenders and other body panels.

The wheelbase will grow a few centimeters but no exact measurements are available on that yet. The MacPherson struts are gone, replaced by a control-arm front suspension.

The range of engines available for the 5 series will include a 3.0 liter, twin-turbo, straight six banger for the 540i. The 550i will come with a 4.4 liter twin-turbo boosted V8. There's also a twin-turbo clean diesel coming and the M5 will be knocked back to a turbo V8 from its current V10 excess.

There'll also be hybrid offerings for the new 5 series which BMW will be testing the market with first in the upcoming X6 and 7 series.

For options packages, you can look at the current 7 series for a glimpse of the future, which includes adaptive damping, integral steering, side-view cameras, and a night vision aid for recognizing pedestrians in the dark.

The F10 will be sharing a platform with the 7 series and the next generation 6 series. BMW calls this a backbone rather than a platform and bases its backbone architecture on the firewall, suspension and floor in various wheelbase configurations. Which doesn't do much to dissuade us from believing that the BMW 5 series is just a 7 series shrunk down a couple of notches. Or maybe it's the other way around.

 

Published Dec 9, 2008 2:16 pm By Alex Ricciuti

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miller
look like the CS
Dec 30, 2008 9:54 pm
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boyke69
Is it a good idea to switch to a V8 twin-turbo from a V10? I mean the V10 engine is great, but would the V8 be better?
Dec 12, 2008 12:42 pm
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davethepetrolhead
I'm suprised they are still using the old fasioned space robbing goose neck hinges on the bootlid & not the more space efficient scissor type hinges.
Dec 11, 2008 9:48 am
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car-o-bar
RELAX PEOPLE, RELAX..! This is just an artist's rendition. The real one is not going to be even close to this. The artist just used the BMW Concept CS design direction to create this rendition. BTW, BMW recently announced that BMW CS is dead or on a long hold due to the global economic meltdown.
Dec 11, 2008 5:26 am
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U.D
its not cool the current m-5 is so much better but this is just stupid
Dec 10, 2008 5:42 pm
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wisp
I like the car. Some peole preffer a Miller beer to Amstel beer. It's called choice.
Dec 10, 2008 1:42 pm
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FreudeClub
But when one choice is definately superior to the other and people still choose the worse one, it's called stupidity
Dec 10, 2008 6:14 pm
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lucifa
and when people are so one-eyed they cannot see the merit of both choices, that's called pig-headedness. =)
Dec 14, 2008 11:13 am
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tom43
Does anyone see new informations in this article? Wow, a 4.4 Liter twinturbo will come...that´s really new!
Dec 10, 2008 10:54 am
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joshg_5
So we can all say goodbye to the days where "full-size" sedans were not "full-size". Anyone notice how the outgoing C-class is about as big as the 90's style E-class? A 7-series size 5-Series? why don't they just save the time and re-badge the current 7 as a 5? WTF... I'm so disappointed with the outgoing German sedans... really weak in the "nice" aspect. Anyone else notice how BLOATED cars are getting now-a-days? Fat people are ugly... Since when did people think fat cars would be?
Dec 9, 2008 11:43 pm
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joshg_5
Fat people are ugly... Since when did people think fat cars would be *Beautiful*???
Dec 9, 2008 11:44 pm
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FreudeClub
Totally agree. But gowing in size does not mean fat, as long as they are designed properly. When you talk about fat cars, Audi comes to mind: The A4 is fat and boring. The Q7 is one ugly fat duckling! Look at those huge fat rolls, especially in the ass. BMW and Merc cars are OK. BMW has most muscle though.
Dec 10, 2008 6:13 pm
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politz
I kinda dig this new Pontiac Grand Am on the pics. Hope it arrives on a nearby Hertz store as soon as possible... haha. By the way, Grandma loved the color choice for that rendering. BMW can do better than that. Hopefuly.
Dec 9, 2008 11:16 pm
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TSLi
This render has been out for so long, I doubt the new 5 will look anything like that.....I hope..
Dec 9, 2008 9:10 pm
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bernardo
You are right...It won't look like that...unfortunatly, It'll look mch worse than that.
Dec 10, 2008 12:52 am
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alessandro
Am I only who can honestly say: I like it, incl. hints or premeditations rather of interior? Despite new 5-series looks like a Laguna a little at least on that rendering pic but I like it really exept these naive nostrils proposed as an immanent part of identity.
Dec 9, 2008 8:20 pm
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FreudeClub
They could have used something more attractive than enlarged nostrils. Besides, I think the current range is good enough already. Why overdo things??? Look at how elegant the 3 Series, M3, Coupe and 1 Series are. I don't find nostrils attractive, especially when they resemble pigs!
Dec 10, 2008 6:11 pm
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kafkef
^^ Better fuel efficiency, less weight, more power, etc.
Dec 9, 2008 8:07 pm
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kafkef
Meant that for M7
Dec 9, 2008 8:08 pm
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elanmike
That's what the world needs is a new 5 series that gets larger and (read between the lines in the release) heavier. BTW the turbo is for the extra lard. As to the Design: Yawn.
Dec 9, 2008 8:04 pm
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_M7_
it doesent look good and why you need a turbo engine whit a sedan car????? for what?
Dec 9, 2008 7:49 pm
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Uptohere
I hope the production version looks better than this. Looks like a Pontiac! Are they pilfering GM's design team? Glad to see the feline looks of the 5-series are gone (rip) and the new design looking more masculine. Larger, eh? Undoubtedly to make room for a larger 3-series in future.
Dec 9, 2008 7:33 pm
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machida
It already looks like a Pontiac.
Dec 9, 2008 9:36 pm
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FreudeClub
BMW is a man car anyway. I think that these pictures lost the elegant aspect of what a BMw 5 Series should have, just plain aggresive, "muscle", no elegant suit, tie, etc.
Dec 10, 2008 6:08 pm
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dom6698
Maybe you are confused slightly. Feline means it looks like a cat. Feminine means it looks female, perhaps this is what you meant. As far as I am aware, for reproductive purposes cats come in M+F guises.
Dec 11, 2008 2:44 am
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Uptohere
I'm not confused. I just think the look of the 5-series has gone a little soft. It use to look like more of a bruiser. Now it's a little too pretty. Meow.
Dec 15, 2008 11:39 pm
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boondoc001
Not feeling it at all. The engine options sound nice but the design is bad. I guess i have to stick with the current design.
Dec 9, 2008 7:29 pm
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FreudeClub
The front is too slanted upwards. Look at those wheels! Imagine the running costs when you have to replace your tyres, especially when they are run-flats. Where are those elegant front designs like the pre-facelift 3 series? given way to the aggressve pig nostrils look???
Dec 10, 2008 6:02 pm
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FreudeClub
BTW, let's hope that the interior will be better looking than the current 5 Series with that ugly black plastic pannel on the dash! DISGUISTING!
Dec 10, 2008 6:06 pm
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