I previewed a Space Gray Metallic 535i F10 in SE trim on 16-Feb at Rybrook Warwick, in Warwickshire, England. No pictures were allowed so apologies in advanced – the car was even hidden behind screens to protect it from general view within the dealership.
My first observations were:
1. Well-proportioned if somewhat conservative exterior. The kidney grill looks great but the Volvo S80 type hood is a bit old-fashioned at a time when Jaguar, Mercedes, even Vauxhall and Honda are going the taut, flame-surfacing route.
2. No significant improvement in interior space (esp rear legroom) and boot space is actually less than current E60.
3. Several storage cubby holes every where (front and rear console)
4. Interior switchgear, layout … CONTINUED
Here’s the comparison everyone wants to see. Motortrend has undertaken the battle of the titans of the mid-sized german sedan market by pitting the 2011 535i against the 2010 Mercedes E350. Was there a clear winner? Check out the review to find out.
Although the real Alpina F10 based B5 is still many moons away from reality, that obviously doesn’t stop any real enthusiast with a copy of Photoshop and a good eye from imagining what may be. 5Post member zerenico has done just that and has come up with a stunning photoshop that likely gives us a fairly good look at what a B5 could look like
I cant speak French, but despite the language barrier, this video review does its job well and reaches across all languages IMO. The sounds and action footage does the job very well
Just a reminder, the upcoming 535i will be equiped with the new N55 single turbo twin scroll engine producing 300hp that has made its first appearance in the 535i Gran Turismo and will be seen across nearly the entire BMW lineup.
Source: Supervroum2 via Carscoop
Certified Pre-owned sales account for 45% of all BMWNAs sales, so to boost such an important part of BMWs business, BMWNA is extending the maintenance plan on all CPO 2007 3-series, 5-series, and 7-series models sold between Feb. 2 – Mar. 31, to 6yr/100k miles.
It’s always fun to get some insight into the manufacturing process behind the beautiful final BMW products. For F10 5-series fans, here are some behind the scenes photos of the production line at the Dingolfing plant in Germany.
We’ve added a few more updates to the official F10 5-Series thread. We’ve added a new gallery of an Titanium Silver F10 with multiple action shots, and a new video of the design sketches that went into the design of the F10.
We bring you the full 2011 BMW Model Year ordering guide (in PDF) for all 2011 models. This guide lists ALL start of production dates, available options, colors, packages, and related notes for every single BMW model for 2011.
Just a small public service annoucement. We’ve updated and added a few new wallpapers of the 5-Series for those of you interested in this car.