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http://www.caranddriver.com/xp/Caranddriver/features/2003/april/0304_feature_5series.xml

Here are the first official photos of the all-new BMW 5-series, as well as a brief overview of what's new and significant. Crafted in Dingolfing, Germany, the new 5-series will go on sale in the U.S. this October.

The current 5-series, a six-time 10Best winner, is one of the most successful model series in BMW's history — in its last full calendar year of sales, the 5 set an all-time sales record of almost 41,000 units sold in the U.S. So how does BMW top that?
When BMW designers and engineers set out to redesign the 5, they looked to the 7-series, a car that introduced several new technologies while at the same time improving upon its predecessor's performance, handling, luxury, and safety. While the 5 isn't as radically styled as the 7, it does incorporate many of the 7's styling cues, including the curved headlight clusters and large, flowing trunk lid. BMW refers to the 5's look as, "sporty and elegant styling which exudes both power and sophistication."

All-New Interior


Cockpit adorned with convex and concave surfaces similar to that in the Z4.
Improved iDrive concept. Console-mounted controller located farther back than in the 7-series. New location creates enough room for a console-mounted manual or automatic gearshift.
Optional head-up display. Allows the driver to select what information — e.g. speed or navigation instructions — appears on the windshield.
New automatic climate control system with evaporation temperature control.
Rear seating area and trunk both enlarged.

Three Versions


525i: 2.5-liter inline-six, 184 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque.
530i: 3.0-liter inline-six, 225 horsepower and 214 pound-feet of torque.
545i: 4.4-liter V-8, 325 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque.
Six-speed manual transmission standard.
Six-speed Steptronic automatic optional.


Technologically Advanced


All-new body makes extensive use of aluminum for stiff yet lightweight platform.
Chassis and suspension crafted entirely from aluminum.
Active Front Steering system. A world's first, AFS electronically varies steering response in relation to driver input. AFS works with Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) to monitor yaw rate, changing steering angle accordingly and reducing the number of DSC interventions.
Adaptive Headlights. Two bixenon headlights are controlled in real time in relation to steering wheel angle, yaw rate, and road speed.
Adaptive Brakelights. Upon hard braking or activation of the ABS, the rear taillights and brake lights illuminate simultaneously and at the same intensity.
Active Cruise Control (ACC). Radar-based system designed for highway driving, enabling the driver to keep a safe and comfortable distance from traffic ahead.
 

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I know its dated but I love the body styling of the current 5 series, the M5 is just freakin bad azzzz.

I think the new one will grow on people
 
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I like it.

One of these days a BMW 330xi will be my daily driver!

I love Beemers!
 

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Re: Re: New BMW 5 Series

It's a glorified Pontiac!!!! Who the hell would spend 50+ thousand on a Pontiac!!!



 
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Pontiac and BMW are in different worlds my friend. There is absolutely NO comparison.
 

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BIG LAW MAN said:
Pontiac and BMW are in different worlds my friend. There is absolutely NO comparison.

That is for sure, body lines may be similar and thats where it ends. The quality and integrity of the beemer is by far superior.
 

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I like it, don't get me wrong... but that is going to range from 45 to 65 k... when I look at that I just think... why:huh:
 

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I hate to bring this up, but we (the Corvette community) are making mistakes all over this post w/ the word "Beemer". A Beemer is a BMW motorcycle... A BMW car is referred to as a "Bimmer". I know it sounds weird but that's actually the correct term. Just thought I'd share.

Regarding the new 5...it's ugly. It looks like somebody smeared the headlights onto the sides, and there's something about the brake lamps that I'm not fond of (the way they come to a point on the side of the car really bugs me). Also, has anyone else noticed that the gauges and overall interior look of the new Banglized Bimmer's look cheaper? Maybe it's just me.

Here's a few pics of the new M5 for those that care. There are others if anyone is interested.




It does say "Concept BMW M5" but I believe I read last week that this design was approved for production.
 

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I'll stick to my Ferrari 360 GT....:partyon: :cheers:

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