Full extended black panel display dash, one of the most anticipated features of the F10/F11 5-series, has finally arrived beginning with March production 5-series (equipped with the 6WA option). This option has been available on the F07 GT model since it’s introduction, but did not make production F10/F11s so far, despite being listed in the marketing brochures.
Here is a live look into the F10 5-series production process, featuring:
Body shop: spot welding by robots. Mounting of side sills on body structure.
Hot-stamping: Heating, compression molding, quenching.
Wedding: Drive unit engine, transmission, axle, exhaust system is bolted to the body.
Final assembly: BMW 5 Series Sedan rolls out of factory.
Videos often provide a more dynamic and realistic look to a car, and this video provides such a look at the AC Schnitzer F10 5-series.
Autocar has posted its 90 second review of the F10 530d M-sport, giving it an impressive 4 of 5 stars. The F10 M-sport looks great in motion.
AC Schnitzer has announced its tuning program for the F11 5-series touring, featuring a full catalog of external and internal cosmetic parts and power and handling modifications. Info, photos and video inside.
5POST members gathered on Saturday for the first US F10 owner’s meet. LACSTER, 78mao, luigimaster24, and other site members gathered in Orange County, CA with their cars for some brunch, photoshoot, and refreshments. Photos and video inside.
The F11 5-series Touring is currently the BMW we most wish was available in the US, but it’s not. Featured here is a beautiful F11 M-sport showing off its latest night vision technology, rear view camera, parking assistant, and badass self.
Our F10 owners can drive with the ultimate peace of mind as the 2011 5-series has received the top score on new, more stringent crash tests by the NHTSA. Although this comes as no surprise given the F10s full 5-star crash test results on the european EURO NCAP crash tests.
BMWs 5 Series and Hyundais Sonata received the highest scores for passenger cars and trucks under a new, more stringenet U.S. crash safety rating system. The two cars were … CONTINUED
AC Schnitzer has released videos of its various exhaust systems for the F10 550i, Z4 sDrive35is, X6M, 135i, 335i, M3, including comparisons to the BMW factory exhaust.
Here’s a fascinating look into the day-to-day life at BMW in the birth of a new car. This 3 part series is longer than the original 3 part series on BMW.TV. covering the initial design concepts. As Scott26 says – pay attention because you will see some of these ideas and design elements in the future.
Independent car reviewer The Getawayer spends a weekend with the F10 525d. While not an initial fan of the car based solely on styling, a weekend with the car convinces him that the F10 is superb. See his review here.
Insideline has strapped a 2011 535i onto the dyno. This is the first we have seen an F10 5-series on the dyno and its N55 motor produced 277rwhp / 283lb-ft torque, translating approximately to BMW’s claimd 300hp / 300 lb-ft torque figures for the 2011 535i.
Edmunds Inside Line has taken the F10 2011 535i out to the track for some testing. Here are the video and performance results they managed to achieve with the 535i. Performance measures recorded include 0-60 time, 1/4 mile, slalom speed, skid pad lateral acceleration (G’s), and braking distance.
The twin turbo V8 F10 550i sounds fairly aggressive from the factory, but never ones to leave stock alone, our members have begun to their F10 exhausts. These electronic exhaust cutouts have given this 550i some added rumble without the need for a full exhaust swap.
Unsatisfied with the tamer look and sound of the factory split dual exhausts of the 2011 535i, 5POST member Lacster has gone the aftermarket route and replaced the stock exhausts with a quad tipped exhaust producing a more aggressive sound and look.
The 2011 F10 5-series is available with BMW new Night Vision option, part of BMW ConnectedDrive, allowing F10 owners to see objects in the dark up to 900 feet ahead of the vehicle. This is the first video we have seen of it in action in the F10 and it’s pretty slick.
Info from BMW:
BMW Night Vision, part of BMW ConnectedDrive, can see in the dark and warns the driver … CONTINUED
A lucky customer attending Goodwood Festival of Speed over the weekend had a chance to test drive the F10 B5 Bi-Turbo around a track. Check out the walkaround and some of the furious acceleration from this 500+hp / 700tq monster F10. You can actually hear the rear passenger exclaim in delight during acceleration.
We generally frown upon street racing, but once in a while even we can’t help but be impressed by a certain video. This one features a stock F10 550i easily taking a modified Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 from a dig. SRT8′s are no slouches, especially in acceleration, so this speaks volumes for the 550i V8 4.4L Twin Turbo engine.