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BMW 5-series family (2010): every model scooped and spy video

By Tim Pollard (artist’s impressions by Motor Forecast)

Spy shots

27 February 2009 10:30

Click here to watch the spy video

BMW’s new 5-series range is swelling to include a saloon, Touring estate and fastback GT – revealed today in our Five family scoop. Our artists have studied the first official pictures of the new BMW Concept 5-series Gran Turismo and decoded the design language to illustrate the new 5-series four-door and wagon pictured here. And you can see them in action in our 5-series spy video below.

The four-seat hatchback 5GT affords the first glimpse of the new 5-series family. Of particular note are the reprofiled headlamps with eyebrow LED day-running lights, the latest iteration of the double kidney grille and BMW’s gently softened metalwork. The 5-series saloon and Touring will have slightly different detailing, however.

Today’s E60 5-series ushered in design chief Chris Bangle’s surface entertainment, which shocked some at the time but time has mellowed its effect. Some critics, our own Gavin Green included, have even hailed the Five as Bangle’s best effort.

BMW 5-series (2010): the full story

We’ll leave you to judge the new style, revealed in our latest scoop shots, but most of the change is under the skin of the new 5-series codenamed F10 (saloon) and F11 (Touring). Unsurprisingly, Efficient Dynamics will be rolled out across the majority of engines, bringing stop-start and active alternator control to reduce engine load when not needed.

Our sources claim that a new eight-speed ZF transmission will appear on the new 5-series, offering an overdriven top cog to reduce execs’ blood pressure as well as exhaust emissions. It will also add stop-start functionality to six- and eight-cylinder models from 2010 (currently Efficient Dynamics is limited to manual four-cylinder models). Sportier versions are likely to adopt BMW’s new twin-clutch transmission pioneered on the latest M3.

The engine line-up expected in new 5-series runs thus:

• 523i – 2.5-litre straight six
• 530i – 3.0-litre straight six
• 540i – 3.0-litre straight six twin-turbo
• 550i – 4.4-litre V8 twin-turbo
• M5 – 4.4-litre V8 twin-turbo

• 520d – 2.0-litre 4cyl turbo
• 530d – 3.0-litre straight-six turbo
• 535d – 3.0-litre straight-six twin-turbo

>> Click ‘Next’ for more of our scoop on the new 2010 BMW 5-series. See the 5-series in action in our video below 


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