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The first uncovered F10 5 Series LCI facelift/update was spotted last week, but it was captured in some less than ideal quality photos. Our new spy photos, taken at an official BMW photoshoot, give us a clear look at the F10 LCI’s front fascia. What’s confirmed once again is that the styling updates are rather minor.

Overall, the F10 LCI styling changes give the 5 Series a more updated and sportier look. The 2014 5 Series receives sleeker looking headlights and optional LED headlights with … CONTINUED

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Geneva 2013: F11 Touring 530d xDrive

03/07/2013 at 10:50 AM
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To wrap up our coverage from 2013 Geneva, here is a beautiful F11 touring 530d xDrive in Imperial Blue, paired up perfectly with 20″ Style 356 Liquid Black wheels.

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These photos look to be the first photos of the F10 5 Series LCI facelift/update fully revealed.

The styling updates are minor as you can see – a restyled bumper with front air curtains, optional LED adaptive headlights. Mechanically, the F10 LCI will received reworked steering, and the 550i will come with the new and more powerful N63Tu engine.

This model potentially points to the introduction of the separate “Lines” packages for the 5 series, with this one appearing to be the Luxury Line.

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Here is a preview of the upcoming 5 Series F10 LCI update and facelift. BMW insider Scott26 confirms the upcoming changes we have reported previously – restyled bumpers with front air curtains, optional LED adaptive headlights, reworked steering, 550i with new N63Tu engine.

Production for the F10 LCI as beginning in July 2013, with deliveries starting in August/September of 2013.

Look for its possible public reveal at next week’s 2013 Geneva Motor Show.

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Here is a photo set of various BMW Individual M5, M550d and 5 Series seen at the BMW factory owned/run dealership in München, Germany.

The colors seen are Frozen Bronze Metallic, Frozen Blue Metallic, Azurite Black, and a Alpina B5 touring.

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Bulgarian auto customizing company Vilner reveals their latest creations – a bespoke F10 5 series and F13 6 series coupe.

The centerpiece of the exterior customization is the matte white vinyl wrapping both cars. For the high contrast look, the 6 Series is fitted with a carbon fiber front lower apron with integrated splitters; and both cars get carbon fiber trunk spoilers, rear diffusers, black kidney grilles, and graphite/black wheels complete the contrasting look.

The interior is where the two cars gets the highly bespoke treatment. There … CONTINUED

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Here is a DIY install guide for installing N55 mid pipes on a N54 powered model and deleting the secondary cats.

The main benefit of deleting the N54′s secondary cats is more flow, better faster spool up of the turbos, and a louder more deeper tone of the exhaust note.

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Here are some details for the F10 5 Series LCI facelift update, via VIN information found by a BIMMERPOST member. This list is by no means exhaustive, and there may be details and models not listed here, or the information may be outdated.

The first VIN below shows the LCI 550i touring with uprated N63Tu 445-bhp/480-lb.-ft engine (just as the 650i Gran Coupe and 5GT already received last year), good for +45hp / +30 lb-ft torque over the N63 engine.

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We’ve spied the upcoming LCI facelift updated 5 Series again, and the sighting comes on the first Plug-in Hybrid 5 Series we’ve spotted. The LCI update will facelift the entire 5 Series lineup, including the F10 sedan, F11 touring, F07 GT, and the F10 M5, although the styling updates do not look to be too drastic.

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The F10 LCI prototypes spotted thus far have shown slightly sportier side mirrors, with integrated turn signals (still camouflaged on previous prototypes seen). Some LCI prototypes have been spotted with … CONTINUED

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For BMW, the year 2013 has got off to a really pleasing start. Readers of the trade magazine “auto, motor und sport” gave models of this brand the best rating in three different categories. The new version of the BMW 3 Series went immediately to the top of the highly competitive midrange segment, the BMW 5 Series once again defended its lead in the upper midrange segment and the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe went straight to first place in the luxury class ratings. In … CONTINUED

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The BMW 5 Series has supremely defended its market leadership in the segment of business automobiles. 359,016 customers worldwide opted for a BMW 5 Series model in 2012. Whether an elegant Sedan, a dynamic Touring or a luxurious Gran Turismo, the BMW 5 Series thrills customers all over the world with its distinctive combination of design, technology, dynamic performance and comfort.

Drive . The modern 4, 6 and 8-cylinder engines provide an impressively high level of output, running smoothness and efficiency.

For example, the BMW 520d EfficientDynamics … CONTINUED

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Many 5POST and M5POST members participated recently in the largest F10 5 Series and M5 meet yet.

This one took place in LA (no surprise). Check out the many photos from the event inside.

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2012 DTM Champion Bruno Spengler takes on German Golf Pro (and BMW Brand Ambassador) Martin Kaymer in this BMW xDrive Moutain Challenge featuring driving, golfing, and sledding antics up in the Austrian mountain.

While this was just a lighthearted ‘challenge’ and it’s clear that we’re watching athletes and not actors, we get some looks at the BMW xDrive system in action on the 5 Series Touring M550d xDrive and 6 Series Coupe with xDrive.

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2012 was a busy year for BMW and saw the company introduce many models. These include the LCI 7 Series, 6 Series Gran Coupe, ActiveHybrid 5, F10 3 Series Sedan, F11 3 Series Touring, M135i hatchback, M Performance Automobiles, M6 Coupe and Convertible, and M6 Gran Coupe.

BMW revisits the 2012 year in this review video.

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BMW today announced the release of a second major wave of BMW M Performance Parts designed and tested for the new BWW 3 Series and current 5 Series Sedan models. On sale now through all Authorized BMW Centers, BMW M Performance Parts are accessories which have been carefully developed in collaboration with BMW M GmbH to ensure an authentic transfer of racing-derived M technology into everyday driving. In addition to the first wave of new 3 Series and 5 Series M Performance Parts which became … CONTINUED

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Enjoy this mega gallery from the 2012 Essen Motorshow featuring plenty of tuned and aftermarket equipped cars of all brands and makes.

BMW trotted out its latest BMW M Performance Parts wares and models.

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BMW TwinPowerTurbo technology again takes two of Ward’s 2013 10 Best Engines Awards. The 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo 4-cylinder (N20) and 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo inline-6 (N55) are both repeat winners.

“Nearly every BMW now sold in the US features TwinPower Turbo technology,” said Ludwig Willisch – President and CEO of BMW of North America, LLC. “In such a competitive market, to take two spots highlights the benefits of the BMW EfficientDynamics philosophy. It also shows that while we look for improvements in efficiency, we are still committed … CONTINUED

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The 2012 Essen Motor Show is underway and BMW has trotted out many of its models showcasing BMW M Performance Parts. Of particular note is the debut of the F31 3 Series Touring with M Performance Parts.

The F31 and F11 generally share the M Performance Parts from the sedan versions [recent F30 gallery] – including black kidney grilles, front bumper splitters (carbon fiber for the F11), carbon fiber mirror caps, rear diffuser, side skirt trim, M Performance brakes, M Performance exhaust system [recent sample video] … CONTINUED

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