Congrats to 5POST member ibimmer346 as he has managed to become our first U.S. owner of a 2011 5-series!! He managed to take delivery ahead of the official June 19 U.S. release date and has posted his first drive impressions. We look forward to seeing a flood of 5POST owners take delivery imminently!
Member palbay shares with us some of the best photos yet of the preproduction X3 test car. With each photo set we see, the new BMW X3 is shaping up to be a great looking vehicle, and an improvement over the current generation.
Back in April when BMW premiered the Gran Coupe concept, Scott26 mentioned something about a "Shooting Brake model" being built for market evaluation.
Originally Posted by SCOTT26
As well as a Four Door Gran Coupe , BMW have also designed and built a proposal as a Shooting Brake with a sloping Coupe roof presenting a split hatch. The Shooting Brake has been commissioned as a design model to evaluate the feasibility of adding such a model to the 6er family as the luxury segment seeks new concepts for customers who need more use from their cars.
Its really a shame that the word "hybrid" has such a miserly connotation. Its as though everything stamped with the word has to be either economical, eco-friendly or worse: both! How are giant luxury cars with twin-turbocharged V8s supposed to fit in a category like that?
As far as we can tell, this car must have been swapped at birth with some prototype of a 7 Series with an M badge. This is funny, because the hybrid badge this car wears automatically leads us to expect a BMW 740i
BMW has been presented with two accolades at this year’s Fleet World Honors – Best Executive Car award for the 2011 5-series and Fleet Manufacturer of the Year award for BMW overall. Steve Moody, judge panel chairman, explained: ‘The new BMW 5 Series has taken the executive sector up yet another notch, with an engine line-up second to none for emissions and performance, generous standard specification, superb whole-life costs, class-leading residual values and a quality unparalleled even in this extremely competitive market.’
We bring you the first ever sighting (other than those who have already been given a preview) of an F10 5-series with M-sport package! As usual, the F10 5-series Msport package includes a more aggressive revised front bumper, sideskirts, rear bumper, and some seriously nice looking M-sport wheels! As previously reported, the 2011 5-series M-sport is expected to make its debut in October at the Paris Auto Show.
As if it wasn’t already difficult enough to source BMW euro-market only parts for our BMWs, it has just become even harder as BMWNA has now apparently stopped all sales of BMW European parts through its dealers in the US. Previously, generally, if you could provide a BMW parts department with an european market part number, they could order it for you. That will no longer be the case and we will all have to look to 3rd party suppliers or independent sellers for our european-only BMW parts going forward.
BMW has always been innovative when it comes to its marketing and this trend continues with the BMW JOY 3D Interactive 3D Building Projection. Watch this video as BMW transforms office buildings in Singapore from a symbol of work, into a symbol of Joy.
The current BMW monthly production bulletin reveals some details on the new 6-series (F12/F13) and the upcoming X3. Production starts on the 650 convertible in March 2011 and 650 coupe in July 2011. Sept. will see a 6-cylinder 640 coupe and convertible and 650xi coupe and convertible. X3 production begins this December.
Fifth Gear host Tom Ford managed to drive a stock BMW 320d from the Chunnel exit in France to Munich, Germany and almost the entire way back on just one tank of diesel. This equates to 68.9mpg (imperial gallon) and 57.5mpg (US gallon). BMW diesel power flexing its muscle!