11/23/09

2011 BMW 5-Series Revealed


BMW’s next generation 5-series, the sixth in its history, has been unwrapped.

The F10, as it is known inside factory walls, looks to use more conventional styling cues than the current car – an apparent attempt at reducing any design controversy. Family resemblances to the recently updated 3-series as well as the top dog 7-series can be detected and overall the car looks properly sporting, as a BMW sedan should. Slight increases in length and width accompany a longer wheelbase which will surely equate to a roomier cabin.

The top-of-the-heap 550i will pack a turbocharged V8 producing 407 horsepower, but also look for the turbocharged inline 6 cylinder in the 535 as well as a diesel option. An all-new eight-speed transmission will get the power from those engines to the rear wheels or possibly all four, as BMW’s X-drive all-wheel drive will be available.

The 5er’s public debut will be at the LA Auto Show next month and the car will go on sale after the first of the year.

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