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02/11/2014    8:00 AM

A story of an F10 5 Series owner and his seven 5 Series journey to the F10.

01/30/2014    2:30 PM

BMW starts 2014 with four awards from the automobile magazine “auto motor und sport”. The BMW i3 (combined fuel consumption: 0.6-0.0 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions: 13–0 g/km), BMW 4 Series Coupé (combined fuel consumption: 8.4-4.6 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions: 197-121 g/km), and BMW 5 Series (combined fuel consumption: 9.6-4.5 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions: 224–119 g/km) were the winners in their respective categories. The BMW i3 was also recognised by the editors-in-chief of “auto motor und sport” as well as more than 30 international partner automobile magazines worldwide for its highly innovative technology with the “International Paul Pietsch Award”. Meanwhile the successful overall showing by BMW in the readers’ vote was underpinned by second places for the BMW 3 Series (combined fuel … CONTINUED

01/25/2014    12:00 PM

G30 the BMW
Yes, we are already entering the G chassis realm, having very swiftly passed through the F series cars. The current BMW 5-Series is the F10 and the upcoming next generation 5-Series will be the G30.

According to Car Magazine’s sources, BMWs next generation platform is called 35up. What it basicly means is that everything from the 3-series/5-series and up will be based on this shared super platform. Utilizing the increasing mix of elements including steel, aluminum and certainly CFRP, weight is expected to drop substantially for the next generation.

Well, previously Autocar and now Car Magazine are all reporting that the new 3-cylinder BMW engine will power the new 5. And that should be no shock or surprise, as the new modular platform of … CONTINUED

01/10/2014    4:30 PM

Tokyo Auto Salon 2014, the major Japanese tuner/aftermarket show, is currently underway in Tokyo and we are there to bring you the BMW models on display!

The F30/F32 3 Series and 4 Series dominate this year’s array of BMWs, but there are still plenty of M3, M5, 5 Series, Z4 and E90/E92 3 Series being trotted out by major tuners.

Enjoy the views!

12/17/2013    5:30 PM

Ward’s Auto has announced the winners of its 10 Best Engines Award. BMW’s N57 3.0L Turbodiesel Inline-6 was named as one of the 10 winners.

The N57 in the 535d outputs 255 hp @ 4000 rpm and 413 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm, while getting EPA MPG of 26/37-38 mpg (city/highway).

Of the 10 winners, 8 featured direct fuel injection, 6 were forced induction and 1 was electric.

Here’s the list of winners:

3.0-liter Turbodiesel DOHC I-6 (BMW 535d)
3.0-liter TFSI Supercharged DOHC V-6 (Audi S5)
3.0-liter Turbodiesel DOHC V-6 (Ram 1500 EcoDiesel)
83-kilowatt Electric Motor (Fiat 500e)
1.0-liter EcoBoost DOHC I-3 (Ford Fiesta)
2.0-liter Turbodiesel DOHC I-4 (Chevrolet Cruze Diesel)
6.2-liter OHV V-8 (Chevrolet Corvette Stingray)
3.5-liter SOHC V-6 (Honda Accord)
2.7-liter DOHC H-6 boxer (Porsche Cayman)
1.8-liter … CONTINUED

12/02/2013    9:00 AM

AC Schnitzer’s take on the F11 Touring LCI facelift.

10/31/2013    12:30 PM

Autobild is reporting that the next generation 2017 BMW 5 Series will add a 3 cylinder turbodiesel model in certain markets.

The 3 cylinder turbodiesel 5 Series is rumored to output 150 HP (110 kW) and sip diesel at just 3.9 liters / 100 km (60 MPG US / 72 MPG UK). The next gen 5 Series will ride on a new platform which it will share with the next gen 6 Series and 7 Series.

The report goes on to predict that the next M5 model will feature power in excess of 600 HP and will be offered with optional all-wheel-drive (as previously reported).

The next gen 5 Series is expected to hit the market in mid 2016.

Speculative/imaginative renderings by Autobild.

10/17/2013    2:07 PM

Per BMWNA, here are the details regarding changes for the 2014 Model Year 5 Series and M5
(also see F10 LCI Official Thread):

BMW 5 Series Sedan and 5 Series Gran Turismo:

Updated design and new equipment: Fresh contour lines for the surround of the BMW kidney grille and redesigned lower air intakes reinforce the sporty appearance of the 2014 BMW 5 Series Sedan. The accentuated width of the rear end is underlined by an extra crease in the apron, as well as slim, sharply contoured and therefore more striking rear lights.

The 2014 BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo receives a modified front apron exuding presence and solidity. Its redesigned rear end creates a longer and lower visual impression. A three-dimensional surface design for the area around the … CONTINUED