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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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Comments (29)

 miller miller
look like the CS
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December 30, 2008 9:54 pm
 boyke69 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?
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December 12, 2008 12:42 pm
 davethepetrolhead 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.
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December 11, 2008 9:48 am
 car-o-bar 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.
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December 11, 2008 5:26 am
 U.D U.D
its not cool the current m-5 is so much better but this is just stupid
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December 10, 2008 5:42 pm
 wisp wisp
I like the car. Some peole preffer a Miller beer to Amstel beer. It's called choice.
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December 10, 2008 1:42 pm
 tom43 tom43
Does anyone see new informations in this article? Wow, a 4.4 Liter twinturbo will come...that´s really new!
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December 10, 2008 10:54 am
 joshg_5 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?
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December 9, 2008 11:43 pm
 politz 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.
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December 9, 2008 11:16 pm
 TSLi TSLi
This render has been out for so long, I doubt the new 5 will look anything like that.....I hope..
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December 9, 2008 9:10 pm
 alessandro 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.
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December 9, 2008 8:20 pm
 kafkef kafkef
^^ Better fuel efficiency, less weight, more power, etc.
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December 9, 2008 8:07 pm
 elanmike 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.
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December 9, 2008 8:04 pm
 _M7_ _M7_
it doesent look good and why you need a turbo engine whit a sedan car????? for what?
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December 9, 2008 7:49 pm
 Uptohere 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.
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December 9, 2008 7:33 pm
 boondoc001 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.
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December 9, 2008 7:29 pm