01/22/2010     5:00 PM
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Bengt Halvorson with The Car Connection was at the Portugal press event and give his take on the new F10 5-Series. Here is a telling quote from the article: The new 2011 BMW 535i is more of a drivers car than than the current 2010 5-Series…

01/22/2010     4:00 PM
COMMENTS: 5

Car and Driver magazine has put up their review of the new 5-series straight from Portugal. Read the select quotes below but make sure to follow the link the full article! Indeed, you can take comfort in the fact that the 2011 BMW 5-series looks like the latest 7-series, but it is more tight, dynamic, and alert. The new 5 does a nice job masking its size and mass.

01/22/2010     2:30 PM
COMMENTS: 5

The photography is really nice in this review, and the article is well written. Follow the link below for the full article, or just read the quotes. We’re now officially 37 years beyond the introduction of the first-generation 5 Series and we still havent gotten over it. When were in take-it-easy mode, the new 5 Series feels damned near ideal and not boatlike in the least. Then we punch Sport+ in BMWs Driving Dynamics Control and knock out all the stability control systems when its safe to do so, and the gnarlier spirit of the 2011 BMW 535i glows through the handsomely toned-down interior redesign. Van Hooydonk and his team, like all design squads these days, have had to give paramount … CONTINUED

01/22/2010     12:20 PM
COMMENTS: 2

After the recent press event in Portugal, automotive journalists are wasting no time in giving their impressions of the 535i. So far, its smooth sailing. This time, Road and Track magazine share their thoughts. Below are some select quotes, but follow the links at the bottom of the page for the full article! It takes only a couple laps of Estoril, the famed Iberian circuit that held Formula 1 races in its mid-1980s heyday, to find that the new 6th-generation BMW 535i handles with the precision and fluidity expected from the marque. The small twin turbos of its predecessor are gone, replaced by a somewhat larger twin-scroll unit, but rest assured that lag is all but unnoticeable. Torque is delivered over a … CONTINUED

01/22/2010     11:55 AM
COMMENTS: 4

AutoWeekUSA has done a really nice synopsis of the upcoming F10 535i. Here are some select quotes from the full article which you can read by following the link down below. On the highway, the 535is engine is barley audible at a steady cruise. That’s because BMW geared the eight-speed automatic so high, you rarely need more than 2,000 rpm; the top gear runs a 0.667:1 ratio. The new electro-mechanical steering system with rear-wheel steer makes the 535i even more maneuverable around town than before. With optional adjustable suspension in comfort mode, the low-speed ride is sufficiently supple to soak up broken surfaces with authority. This car is terrifically composed with great stability, a nice tied-down feel and hugely impressive refinement at higher speeds.… CONTINUED

01/22/2010     10:30 AM
COMMENTS: 12

Here is a very insightful post by BMW insider Scott26/27 who mentions that an iS version of the X3 is definitly fair game, especially in the USA where such a model could find itself in some demand.

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BMW have high hopes for this Sport Activity Vehicle that the design department are working on a iS Specification model with an Aerodynamic pack reminiscent of the new Z4 iS. The front bumper in the Autoweek design is what you will see in the actual car but for the iS the openings at the brake ducts are more open and feature the bar across the intake. The rear … CONTINUED

01/22/2010     8:30 AM
COMMENTS: 12

The psychadelic equiped camod next generation BMW 1-Series (chassis code F20) was seen in early December starting out cold weather testing and now a month later continues heavy testing.

Not much is known about the next generation 1-series, but what is known is that BMW sees this car as a core vehicle to its lineup in the future. Potentially, this car would be as important to them as the 3-series and so similar coupe and sedan variants are on the table. Even a stretched wagon varient has been rumored at one point. And dont forget the recent rumblings (make that guarantees) about an ///M variant arriving for the current 1-series, it seems a sure … CONTINUED

01/21/2010     5:46 PM
COMMENTS: 187

“For me, Ive had a liking for BMWs ever since I was in high school back in the mid 80s. I remember watching episodes of "Moonlighting" and Maddie Hayes (Cybill Shepherd) drove around in this sweet looking 635Csi that looked something like this.

I dont remember what model year it was, but I thought it was a badass car as it looked fast and sleek. As the years passed, I hoped that, one day, I would be able to own a BMW. Today, my dream has come true as I now own a 2010 335i.

So, whats your story?

JT”

01/21/2010     2:15 PM
COMMENTS: 6

The 2011 F10 5-series is one of the most hotly anticipated sedans in years and it shows in the many tuners that already have big plans for tuning and customizing the F10 5-series and F10 M5. Check out the F10 visions of Nowack, Lumma, Carline, Racing Dynamics, Hamann, Kerscher, and Brabham. Tuning company Nowack has plans to tune all the gasoline models for more power, from the 528i to the 550i.

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Here is the Lumma CLR 510 S (as we previously covered here) with aggressive rear bumper and diffuser, sport exhaust, and carbon fiber wings.

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01/21/2010     11:09 AM
COMMENTS: 29

Autospies brings us more F10 5-series photos from the Portugal press event, this time of live pictures from the test drives given to members of the automotive press. Expect the first test drive reviews of the F10 today or tomorrow. One German publication has already previewed its article for tomorrow, calling the F10 the “BEST BMW EVER”!

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