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New 2011 BMW 5 Series Sedan Revealed - Web Exclusive

Jan 22, 2010

The 5-Series has been in the BMW family since ’72. As BMW’s mid-size sedan and wagon, it’s been an amazing success as we’ve seen through its fifth generation E60 body style. This week, BMW has released photos of the its all new generation with the F10/F11 model.

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With the longest wheelbase in the segment, a long and sleek hood, short overhangs, and a coupe-like roofline, the new sedan stands out from the competition. Overall, the aesthetic looks are achieved through balanced proportions. BMW’s signature design features can be found on the front kidney grille, in the stylish side view of the car and at the muscular rear end. Within the interior, functionality and a fresh ambience come together in perfect harmony.

A highly advanced drivetrain and suspension are used to give impressive ride comfort for passengers but also a sporty feel for the driver. When equipped with the Sport Package, the 5-Series includes Adaptive Drive, which encompasses Driving Dynamics Control, Electronic Damper Control, and Active Roll Stabilization. Optional Integral Active Steering will extend or shorten the vehicle’s wheelbase for improved stability at high speeds and enhanced agility at lower speeds.

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At launch, the new 5-Series Sedan will be available with one V8 and one inline-six engine. The top-of-the-range 550i arrives with “reverse-flow” V8 engine featuring twin turbochargers and direct injection for 400hp. The new inline-six of the 535i features a single twin-scroll turbocharger, direct injection, and for the first time, Valvetronic throttle-less intake technology. It delivers a maximum output of 300hp and 300 lb-ft. The 535i and 550i will be available with a choice of six-speed manual transmission, BMW’s new eight-speed automatic or new “Sport Automatic” eight-speed. Later, the BMW 528i will debut with a 240hp inline-six.

One of the important things BMW paid attention to was its technologies. So each model comes with a combination of features such as Brake Energy Regeneration, Electric Power Steering, a gearshift point indicator, active cooling air flaps and on-demand operation of engine accessory drives.

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The body of the car was lightened to lower weight and improve the balance of the sedan. For example, components such as doors, hood, front fenders, and suspension assemblies are made of aluminum.

Construction of the new 5er will join the 7-Series line at the BMW plant in Dingolfing. Since the car’s architecture is similar to the 7-Series this will help streamline the manufacturing process.

Perhaps the most noticeable change with the new 5-Series is its design. The slightly wedge-like shape of the body creates a sporty, forward-moving character. The fresh interpretation of BMW’s signature Hofmeister kink at the bottom of the C-pillar emphasizes the dynamic looks of the car in profile.

The entire silhouette is balanced, providing a clear indication of the near-perfect front-to-rear weight distribution for all engine variants. Measuring 116.9”, the wheelbase of the new 5-Series is the longest in its segment, while the sculptural design again distinctive of BMW provides a smooth flow.

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The front end presents a sporting character . The upright kidney grille - even appearing from some angles to lean forward - symbolizes the forward-pushing motion of the sedan and together with the flared wheel arches, gives the front end strong charismatic presence.

The daytime running lights incorporate LED rings, while the direction indicators moved far to the outside are made up of ten LED units each. As a final highlight, an LED focus light marks the upper edge of each headlight unit.

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Above the contour line running along the car at the height of the doors , a slightly flared shoulder surface, together with the coupe-like roofline and the stretched window surface, gives the glazed section of the passenger window a light and stretched look despite its size. Further down the body, concave modeled surfaces create effects emphasizing the sporting character.

The dynamic lines of the car are enhanced by the strikingly compact counter-swing at the bottom of the C-pillar. Featuring the smallest radius at this point ever to be seen on a BMW sedan, this kick underlines the stretched silhouette of the car and gives the passenger cell a light and low appearance.

Running parallel to one another, the contour and sill lines rise up dynamically, the former stretching out from the front wheel arch all the way to the rear lights to create the elegant and dynamic look of the car from the side. The sculptural shape typical of a BMW established in this way makes the side sections and the rear end literally flow into one another.

The contour lines continue into the contours of the rear light clusters and finally come together above the license plate. Seen from the rear, the new BMW 5 Series Sedan also stands out through the concave surface between the contour line and the wheel arches giving the body a distinctly recognizable waist. The flared wheel arches and the horizontal breakdown of the rear end, in turn, strongly emphasize the powerful stature of the sedan, the wide track and the wheels ending flush with the wheel arches further enhancing this impression.

The L-shaped rear light clusters again reflect the typical look of a BMW and provide that unmistakable night design. Three rows of LED lights form the look of homogeneously glowing bodies again quite characteristic of BMW. And last but not least, the direction indicators and brake lights also come in LEDs.



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