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BMW 5 Series
Pre-facelift BMW E60 sedan
Manufacturer Bayerische Motoren Werke AG
Production 1972–present
Assembly Dingolfing, Germany
Chennai, India
Cairo, Egypt
Shenyang, China
Guadalajara, Mexico
Predecessor BMW New Six
Class Mid-size / Executive car
Body style(s) Sedan
Touring

The BMW 5 Series is a mid-size / executive car manufactured by BMW since 1972. The car, now in its fifth generation, is sold in sedan and touring body styles.

On January 29, 2008, the 5 millionth 5 series was manufactured, a 530d saloon in Carbon Black Metallic.[1]

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History

The pre-facelift 5 Series (left, right) in comparison to the E65 pre-facelift BMW 7 Series Sedan (middle)

The 5 Series got its name by being the fifth of the "new series" cars after the V-8 and Isetta era. The preceding models were the 700, the "New Class", the "New Six" 2500/2800/Bavaria and the CS. The 5 Series was intended to replace the older New Six sedans.

The body was styled by Marcello Gandini, based on the Bertone 1970 BMW Garmisch 2002ti Geneva show car. Gandini also did the Fiat 132 and Alfa Romeo Alfetta, two other cars that have a similar design.

There have been five generations of the 5 Series to date. To differentiate between them, they are referred to by their unique chassis numbers (EXX).

The 5 Series began the BMW tradition of being named with a three-digit number. The first digit (5 in this case) represents the model, and the following two digits (usually) represent the size of the engine in decilitres, which is the main distinguishing difference. Additional letters or words may be added to the end of the three-digit number to define the fuel type (petrol or diesel), engine or transmission details, and the body style. The 'i' originally stood for (fuel) 'injection'.

E12 (1972-1981)

E12
E12 520
Production 1972-1981
Body style(s) 4-door sedan
Layout FR layout
Platform BMW E12
Engine(s) 1.8 L M118 I4
1.8 L M42 I4
1.8 L M10B18 I4
2.0 L M17 I4, 115 hp (86 kW)
2.0 L M64 fuel injected I4, 125 hp (93 kW)
2.0 L I6
2.5 L I6
2.8 L I6
3.0 L I6, 176 hp (131 kW)
3.5 L I6, 218 hp (163 kW)
3.0 L I6, 176 hp (131 kW)
2.8 L I6, 169 hp (126 kW)
See also BMW E12 for more information

The BMW E12 was the first 5 Series BMW made. The following models were produced in this series:

  • Non-US
    • 1974 518 - 1.8 L M118 I4
    • 1976 518 - 1.8 L M42 I4
    • 1980 518 - 1.8 L M10B18 I4
    • 1972 520 - 2.0 L M17 I4, 115 hp (86 kW; 117 PS)
    • 1972 520i - 2.0 L M64 fuel injected I4, 125 hp (93 kW; 127 PS)
    • 1977 520 - 2.0 L M20B20 I6 122 hp
    • 1973 525i - 2.5 L I6
    • 1975 528i - 2.8 L I6
    • 1975 530i - 3.0 L I6, 176 hp (131 kW; 178 PS)
    • 1976 530 Motorsport Limited Edition - 3.0 L I6, 200 hp (149 kW; 203 PS)
    • 1979 M535i - 3.5 L I6, 218 hp (163 kW; 221 PS)
  • US
    • 1975-1978 530i - 3.0 L I6, 176 hp (131 kW; 178 PS)
    • 1979-1981 528i - 2.8 L I6, 169 hp (126 kW; 171 PS)

The 1.8 L engines and the 2.0 L fuel injected engines were exclusive to Germany until the 1980s. The South African models were 525i, 528i and 530i.

E28 (1982-1988)

E28
E28 BMW 535is (US)
Production 1982-1988
Body style(s) 4-door sedan
Layout FR layout
Platform BMW E28
Engine(s) 2.7L 127 hp (95 kW) I6

3.4L 182 hp (136 kW) I6

3.5L 256 hp (191 kW) I6
Transmission(s) 4-speed automatic
5-speed manual
Wheelbase 2,624 mm (103.3 in)
Length 4,801 mm (189.0 in)
Width 1,699 mm (66.9 in)
Height 1,415 mm (55.7 in)
See also BMW E28 for more information

The BMW E28 was the second BMW 5 Series, a stylistic evolution of the E12.

The following models were sold in Europe:

High performance 5 Series - 24-valve DOHC, I6, six throttle bodies, Bosch Motronic integrated fuel injection. At its launch in 1984, the European specification E28 M5 was the fastest production sedan in the world.

The following models were sold in America:

Designed for fuel efficiency
  • 533i - 3.2 L M30B33 I6, 182 hp (136 kW; 185 PS)
High revving power
  • 535i - 3.4 L M30B34 I6, 182 hp (136 kW; 185 PS)
A 533i bored to produce more torque and equal power
  • 535is - 3.4 L M30B34 I6, 182 hp (136 kW)
A 535i with a sport suspension interior modifications
  • M5 - 3.4 L S38B35 I6, 256 hp (191 kW; 260 PS)
High performance 5 Series - 24 valve DOHC, I6, six throttle bodies, Bosch Motronic integrated fuel injection, available only in black in the US.

Visible changes to this model included revised headlights, thicker rubber bumper surrounds and large rectangular taillights. The shape was more box-shaped than rounded at the rear.

E34 (1988-1996)

E34
BMW E34 5-Series
Production 1988-1996
Body style(s) 4-door sedan
4-door station wagon
Layout FR layout
Platform BMW E34
Engine(s) 1.8 L M40B18 I4

1.8 L M43B18 I4
2.0 L M20B20 I6
2.0 L M50B20 I6
2.5 L M20B25 I6
2.5 L M50B25 I6
3.0 L M60B30 V8
3.5 L M30B35 I6
4.0 L M60B40 V8
2.5 L M20B25 I6
3.5 L M30B35 I6
3.6 L S38B36 I6, 310 hp
2.5 L M50B25 I6
3.0 L M60B30 V8

4.0 L M60B40 V8
Transmission(s) 4-speed automatic
5-speed manual
5-speed automatic
6-speed manual
Wheelbase 2,761 mm (108.7 in)
Length 4,719 mm (185.8 in)
Width 1,750 mm (68.9 in)
Height 1,412 mm (55.6 in)
1,417 mm (55.8 in)
See also BMW E34 for more information

The third generation 5 Series earned awards for safety and reliability and was considered one of the most elegant shapes of its time.

Models:

  • Non-US
    • 1989–1994 BMW 518i - 1.8 L M40B18 I4 115 PS (85 kW; 113 hp)
    • 1994–1996 BMW 518i - 1.8 L M43B18 I4 115 PS (85 kW; 113 hp)
    • 1995–1996 BMW 518g (CNG) Touring - 1.8 L M43B18 I4
    • 1987–1990 BMW 520i - 2.0 L M20B20 I6 122 PS (90 kW; 120 hp)
    • 1987–1990 BMW 520i ECE - 2.0 L M20B20 I6 129 PS (95 kW; 127 hp) higher compression than non ECE
    • 1990–1996 BMW 520i - 2.0 L M50B20 I6 150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp)
    • 1988-1991 BMW 524td - 2.4 L M21 I6 diesel
    • 1993-1995 BMW 525td - 2.5 L M51D25 UL I6 115 PS (85 kW; 113 hp) diesel
    • 1991-1995 BMW 525tds - 2.5 L M51D25 OL I6 143 PS (105 kW; 141 hp) diesel
    • 1987–1990 BMW 525i - 2.5 L M20B25 I6 170 PS (125 kW; 168 hp)
    • 1990–1996 BMW 525i - 2.5 L M50B25 I6 192 PS (141 kW; 189 hp)
    • 1990–1996 BMW 525iX - 2.5 L M50B25 I6 192 PS (141 kW; 189 hp) Very rare
    • 1988–1990 BMW 530i - 3.0 L M30B30 I6 184 PS (135 kW; 181 hp)
    • 1992–1996 BMW 530i - 3.0 L M60B30 V8 218 PS (160 kW; 215 hp)
    • 1987–1993 BMW 535i - 3.4 L M30B35 I6 211 PS (155 kW; 208 hp)
    • 1992–1996 BMW 540i - 4.0 L M60B40 V8 286 PS (210 kW; 282 hp)
    • 1990–1993 BMW M5 - 3.6 L S38B36 I6, 315 PS (232 kW; 311 hp)
    • 1994–1996 BMW M5 - 3.8 L S38B38 I6, 340 PS (250 kW; 335 hp)
  • US
    • 1989–1990 BMW 525i - 2.5 L M20B25 I6, 168 hp (125 kW; 170 PS)
    • 1989–1993 BMW 535i - 3.4 L M30B35 I6, 208 hp (155 kW; 211 PS)
    • 1991–1993 BMW M5 - 3.6 L S38B36 I6, 310 hp (231 kW; 314 PS)
    • 1991–1995 BMW 525i - 2.5 L M50B25 I6, 189 hp (141 kW; 192 PS)
    • 1994–1995 BMW 530i - 3.0 L M60B30 V8, 215 hp (160 kW; 218 PS)
    • 1994–1995 BMW 540i - 4.0 L M60B40 V8, 282 hp (210 kW; 286 PS)

E39 (1995-2003)

E39
1996-2000 BMW 5-Series sedan (US)
Production 1995-2003
Body style(s) 4-door sedan
4-door station wagon
Layout FR layout
Platform BMW E39
Engine(s) * 2.8 L M52B28 I6, 193 hp (144 kW)
4.4 L M62B44 V8, 282 hp (213 kW)
2.5 L M54B25 I6, 184 hp (137 kW)
3.0 L M54B30 I6, 225 hp (172 kW)
4.9 L S62B50 V8, 400 hp (294 kW)
Transmission(s) 5-speed manual
4-speed automatic
5-speed automatic
6-speed manual
Wheelbase 2,830 mm (111.4 in)
Length 4,775 mm (188.0 in) (sedan)
4,806 mm (189.2 in) (wagon)
Width 1,801 mm (70.9 in)
Height 1,435 mm (56.5 in) (sedan)
1,415 mm (55.7 in) (2000-03 540i sedan)
1,440 mm (56.7 in) (1997-99 wagon)
1,417 mm (55.8 in) (1997-99 540i sedan)
1,486 mm (58.5 in) (2000-03 wagon)
Related BMW X5
BMW M5
See also BMW E39 for more information

The BMW E39 was one of BMW's most successful cars, with several different models. These included:

  • 1996–2000 520i - 2.0 L M52B20 I6, 110 kW (150 PS; 148 hp)
  • 2000–2003 520i - 2.2 L M54B22 I6, 127 kW (173 PS; 170 hp)
  • 1996–2000 523i - 2.5 L M52B25 I6, 125 kW (170 PS; 168 hp)
  • 2000–2003 525i - 2.5 L M54B25 I6, 137 kW (186 PS; 184 hp)
  • 1996–1999 528i - 2.8 L M52B28 I6, 144 kW (196 PS; 193 hp)
  • 1999–2000 528i - 2.8 L M52B28 TU I6, 144 kW (196 PS; 193 hp)
  • 2000–2003 530i - 3.0 L M54B30 I6, 172 kW (234 PS; 231 hp)
  • 1996–2003 535i - 3.5 L M62B35 V8, 183 kW (249 PS; 245 hp)
  • 1996–1998 540i - 4.4 L M62B44 V8, 213 kW (290 PS; 286 hp)
  • 1998–2003 540i - 4.4 L M62TUB44 V8, 216 kW (294 PS; 290 hp)
  • 1998–2003 M5 - 4.9 L S62 V8, 298 kW (405 PS; 400 hp)
  • 2000-2003 520d - 2.0 L M47D20 diesel I4 100 kW (136 PS; 134 hp)
  • 2000-2003 525d - 2.5 L M57D25 diesel I6120 kW
  • 1997-2000 525td - 2.5 L M51D25TU UL diesel I6 85& kW
  • 1996-2000 525tds - 2.5 L M51D25TU OL diesel I6 105 kW (143 PS; 141 hp)
  • 1998-2000 530d - 3.0 L M57D30 diesel I6 135 kW (184 PS; 181 hp)
  • 2000-2003 530d - 3.0 L M57D30 diesel I6 142 kW (193 PS; 190 hp)

The BMW M57 type Engine is a straight-6 Diesel produced from 1998. It won the "2.5-3 L" category of the International Engine of the Year award for 1999 through 2002. The updated twin-turbocharger version won that same award in 2005. The 2.5 L (2497 cc/152 in³) M57D25 was the smallest member of the family. It produced 120 kW (161 hp) at 4000 rpm and 350 N·m (258 lb·ft) at 2000-2500 rpm with a 4750 rpm redline. Application: 525D

In some European jurisdictions the BMW 5 Series is also used as a police interceptor.This particular vehicle is property of the Diplomatic Protection group of the Metropolitan Police

In US:

  • 1997–2000 528i - 2.8 L M52B28 I6, 190 hp (142 kW; 193 PS)
  • 1997–1998 540i - 4.4 L M62B44 V8, 282 hp (210 kW; 286 PS)
  • 2001–2003 525i - 2.5 L M54B25 I6, 184 hp (137 kW; 187 PS)
  • 2001–2003 530i - 3.0 L M54B30 I6, 225 hp (168 kW; 228 PS)
  • 1998–2003 540i - 4.4 L M62TUB44 V8, 282 hp (210 kW; 286 PS)
  • 2000–2003 M5 - 5.0 L S62 V8, 394 hp (294 kW; 399 PS)

This car has been widely praised in all aspects; many say it is the best BMW in the world.[citation needed] Consumer Reports gave the 2001 530i its highest car rating ever. The diesel engines available in the European models provide great torque and smoothness with better economy. The M5 has been called "the ultimate in discreet speed" with 369 lbf·ft (500 N·m) of torque and a 0–60 mph time of 4.8  s. The only downside was its smallish cabin and tiny trunk space of 11.1 ft³ (314 L).

The very first E39 BMW 5 Series rolled off the assembly line in February, 1995.[2]

E60/E61 (2003-2010)

E60
E60 BMW 528xi Sedan (US)
Production 2003-2010
Body style(s) 4-door sedan
4-door station wagon
Layout Front engine, rear-wheel drive / Four-wheel drive
Platform BMW E60
Engine(s) 2.0L 170 hp I4
3.0L 230 hp I6
3.0L Twin Turbo 300 hp I6
4.8L 360 hp V8
2.5L 184 hp I6
4.4L 325 hp V8
5.0L 500 hp V10
Transmission(s) 6-speed manual
6-speed automatic
7-speed SMG
Wheelbase 2,888 mm (113.7 in) (sedan)
2,885 mm (113.6 in) (wagon)
Length 4,841–4,844 mm (190.6–190.7 in) (2004-06 sedan)
4,854 mm (191.1 in) (2007-present sedan)
4,856 mm (191.2 in) (wagon)
Width 1,847 mm (72.7 in)
Height 1,468–1,481 mm (57.8–58.3 in) (2007-present sedan)
1,470 mm (57.9 in) (2004-06 sedan)
1,491 mm (58.7 in) (wagon)
Related BMW X5
BMW M5
See also BMW E60 for more information

The BMW E60 is the current BMW 5 Series. Its Chris Bangle-designed styling and many of its advanced features received mixed reviews. It is noted for its non traditional BMW design, the most controversial being the "Bangle butt" rear-end, though since then critics have said that the design has aged well as of 2010.[3][4]

The E60 represents a significant step forward in technology over previous models. With complete electronic control over all aspects of the vehicle from the suspension, to brightness of interior lights, to different temperature zones within the cabin. The vehicle is also equipped with an array of safety features from adaptive headlamps to Hill start assist, and is also equipped with a Trailer Stability Program to aid when towing a large trailer or caravan. Other major options include Active Cruise Control and Active Steering. In September 2005 BMW added two new features BMW Night Vision and High-Beam Assist.

It is available in both sedan and wagon versions and has the following models:[5]

  • 2005-2006 520d - 2.0 L (1995 cc) diesel I4, 110 kW (150 PS; 148 hp)
  • 2006-2007 520d - 2.0 L (1995 cc) diesel I4, 120 kW (163 PS; 161 hp)
  • 2007- 520d - 2.0 L (1995 cc) diesel I4, 130.5 kW (177 PS; 175 hp)
  • 2003-2005 520i - 2.2 L (2171 cc) I6, 125 kW (170 PS; 168 hp)
  • 2007- 520i - 2.0 L (1995 cc) I4, 125 kW (170 PS; 168 hp)
  • 2004-2007 523i - 2.5 L (2497 cc) I6, 130 kW (177 PS; 174 hp)
  • 2007- 523i - 2.5 L (2497 cc) I6, 140 kW (190 PS; 188 hp)
  • 2004-2007 525i/xi - 2.5 L (2497 cc) I6, 160 kW (218 PS; 215 hp)
  • 2007- 525i/xi - 2.5 L (2996 cc) I6, 160 kW (218 PS; 215 hp)
  • 2004-2007 530i/xi - 3.0 L (2979 cc) I6, 190 kW (258 PS; 255 hp)
  • 2004-2007 530d/xd - 3.0 L (2993 cc) diesel I6, 175 kW (238 PS; 235 hp) and 500 N·m (370 ft·lbf)
  • 2004- 535d - 3.0 L (2993 cc) diesel I6, 200 kW (272 PS; 268 hp) and 413 ft·lbf (560 N·m) (compression ratio: 16.5:1)
  • 2006- M5 - 5.0 L S85 V10, 373 kW (507 PS; 500 hp)
A BMW 5 Series E61 patrolcar of the German Federal Police

In US:

  • 2004-2005 525i - 2.5 L M54B25 I6, 184 hp (137 kW; 187 PS)
  • 2004-2005 530i - 3.0 L M54B30 I6, 225 hp (168 kW; 228 PS)
  • 2004-2005 545i - 4.4 L N62B44 V8, 325 hp (242 kW; 330 PS)
  • 2006-2007 525i/xi - 3.0 L N52B30 I6, 215 hp (160 kW; 218 PS)
  • 2006-2007 530i/xi - 3.0 L N52B30 I6, 255 hp (190 kW; 259 PS)
  • 2006- 550i - 4.8 L N62B48 V8, 360 hp (268 kW; 365 PS)
  • 2008- 528i/xi - 3.0 L N52B30 I6, 230 hp (172 kW; 233 PS)
  • 2008- 535i/xi - 3.0 L N54B30 twin-turbo I6, 300 hp (224 kW; 304 PS)
  • 2006- M5 - 5.0 L S85 V10, 373 kW (507 PS; 500 hp)

Four-wheel drive is now an option on the 5 Series for the first time since the E34 in 1996. The xDrive system is shared with the X3 and X5. 2006-2008 Models, following the company's naming scheme, will be the 525xi, 528xi, 530xi and 535xi. For the 2009 model year and onwards, these will be badged as the 528i xDrive and 535i xDrive.

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Crash scores

EuroNCAP adult occupant:[6] 4/5 stars
EuroNCAP child occupant: 4/5 stars
EuroNCAP pedestrian: 1/4 stars
IIHS overall frontal offset score:[7] Good
IIHS overall side crash test score:[8] Marginal
2008 sedan NHTSA scores[9]
Frontal Driver: 3/5 stars
Frontal Passenger: 5/5 stars
Side Driver: 5/5 stars
Side Rear Passenger: 5/5 stars
Rollover: 4/5 stars

Refreshed 5-Series update (January 2007)

The updated E60/E61 5-Series was unveiled on January 8, 2007. For model year 2008, BMW added a slightly redesigned interior, subtle exterior details, and new motor options. Updates include new front and rear bumpers, restyled front headlights and restyled taillights with LED technology. A refreshed interior is also presented featuring the new shifter from the new X5, and the addition of the new BMW electronic throttle system.

The 2008 model, of the 520i, has a new engine: a 2.0 litres 4 cylinders instead of the R6 2.2 litres. High compression and new piezo direct injection technology keeps the performance on 170 bhp (127 kW; 172 PS) / 210 N·m (150 lb·ft), but betters the fuel economy. BMW is considering bringing its diesel powered models to the United States in late 2008. A Lane Departure Warning System based on core Mobileye technology was added and the Active Cruise Control system added a "Stop and Go" feature which can bring the vehicle to a stop automatically and resume again.[10] BMW also launched a new M5 Touring into their range, but this will not be introduced in the USA.

Sixth Generation (2010-)

F10
F10 BMW 5 Series Sedan
Production 2010-
Body style(s) 4-door sedan
4-door station wagon
Layout Front engine, rear-wheel drive / Four-wheel drive
Platform BMW F10
Engine(s) 3.0L 204 hp/199 lb-ft I6
3.0L 258 hp/228 lb-ft I6
3.0L TwinPower Turbo 306 hp/295 lb-ft I6
4.4L Twin Turbo 407 hp/442 lb-ft V8
2.0L Diesel 184 hp/280 lb-ft I4
3.0L Diesel 204 hp/332 lb-ft I6
3.0L Diesel 245 hp/398 lb-ft I6
Transmission(s) 6-speed manual
8-speed automatic
Wheelbase 2,968 mm (116.9 in) (sedan)
2,885 mm (113.6 in) (wagon)
Length 4,899–4,899 mm (192.9–192.9 in) (2011- sedan)
Width 1,860 mm (73.2 in)
Height 1,464–1,464 mm (57.6–57.6 in) (2011-present sedan)
Curb weight unladen, to DIN/EU: 1625-1830 kg/1700-1905 kg
Fuel capacity 70L

The sixth generation of the 5-Series (BMW F10[11]) made its debut on 23 November 2009 as a 2011 model.[12] Improvements include a front dual ball joint short-long arm suspension, and rear multilink suspension. For the powertrain, there will be a ZF 8-speed automatic transmission, the single turbo inline-6 N55, and the twin-turbo V8 N63.[3][13]

It is designed by Adrian van Hooydonk, with a more prominent upright split kidney grille and the absence of the "Bangle butt" rear-end styling of its E60 predecessor. Externally, the car is a more traditional BMWesque design; a far more sober effort after the highly controversial E60. Although it bears some resemblence to the E60 with the wide kidney grilles and a very pronounced Hofmeister kink, the creases in the bonnet and just underneath the door are clearly related to the E39 and other earlier 5 series models. Inside marks the return of the centre console being clearly angled towards the driver, another marked change from its immediate predecessor which was noted for its non traditional BMW design.[3][13] However, opinion is divided, as a reviewer described the F10 as too bland and conservative, compared to the E60 predecessor, as well as having too much of a resemblance to the E90 3-Series.[4]

F10/F11 (2011-)

The F10 has, for the European market at least, a choice of 7 engines: a 4.4 litre N63 topping the range in the 550i, followed by a trio of straight 6 petrols. Despite many rumours[14] to the contrary, BMW's second best selling model after the 3 series does not use any 4 cylinder petrol engines this time round. Instead, BMW has retained, for the time being at least, a trio of straight 6 engines, completing the petrol engine range. Straight six engines offer superior refinement over their 4 cylinder counterparts, as well as being the trademark BMW engine which has featured in so many of the company's most loved cars: the E28 and E34 M5, E36 and E46 M3, not to mention the iconic BMW E26 M1. The 535i has the 306 bhp (228 kW; 310 PS) 295 lb·ft (400 N·m) BMW N55 engine which made its debut in the F07 5er GT, and will shortly find its way into the facelifted BMW E92 and E93.[15] The magnesium block naturally aspirated direct injection straight 6 continues in Europe at least; this engine is the BMW N53; 3.0 litres, 258 bhp (192 kW; 262 PS) for the 528i, and 2.5 litres and 204 bhp (152 kW; 207 PS) for the 523i, same outputs as the BMW E89 Z4 sDrive23i. It is not known what engine BMW will use here for markets outside of Europe due to fuel quality problems, most likely the BMW N52 will continue here.

The 4 petrol engines are complemented by a trio of diesel engines. Again, despite rumours to the contrary,[16] BMW has decided to only offer 1 4 cylinder engine here: the 520d. This means that the 525d continues to offer the superior mechanical refinement of a straight six as opposed to the rumoured 523d with 4 cylinders. The 525d is joined by a 530d; both models use the same BMW N57 3.0 litre engine, the 525d has 204 bhp (152 kW; 207 PS) and 450 N·m (330 lb·ft), the 530d with 245 bhp (183 kW; 248 PS) and 540 N·m (400 lb·ft) of torque. Expect hybrid models later, as well as more powerful straight 6 diesel to replace the award winning 535d.

5-Series Gran Turismo (F07)

BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo

In May 2009, BMW released the official pictures of its production model 5-Series Gran Turismo (BMW F07), which is considered a coupé-like crossover vehicle or station wagon - a blend of different typical body styles. BMW advertises the new 5-Series GT as "The First of its Kind". The 5-Series GT is powered by a single-turbo diesel I6 producing 245 PS, by a single-turbo I6 producing 306 PS and a twin-turbo V8 producing 408 PS; the latter will give the car a 0-60 mph time of 5.5 seconds. The car receives BMW's new 8-speed serial automatic transmission, along with a new Brake Energy Regeneration system.[17]

BMW has suggested that the new 5-Series GT would replace the 5-Series Touring (wagon) in their North American lineup, due to slow sales of the E61 wagon in the United States, with only 400 sold in 2009. In that country, more BMW M5 and Z8s have been sold than the 535i and 540i wagons, respectively. BMW is targeting annual sales of 4000 to 8000 5 Series GTs.[18]

The F07 was released before the rest of the next-generation 5-Series lineup. In Canada and the United States, for first half of 2010, the Gran Turismo was sold alongside the outgoing E60 5-Series, until the rollout of the F10 in June 2010.[19]

Awards

The E39 5 Series was on Car and Driver magazine's annual Ten Best list for six years straight, from its introduction in 1997 through 2002. It was also Motor Trend's Import Car of the Year for 1997 and What Car? Executive Car of the Year 1997 through 2002. The E60 was named "Best New Luxury / Prestige Car" in the 2006 Canadian Car of the Year awards. Active Seat [20] continuous passive motion seating comfort technology recognized as one of the Best Inventions of 1998 by Popular Science magazine. Consumer Reports found the E39 5 series their best car tested in 2001-2002.

References

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