The Fifth Gear crew reviews the BMW Activehybrid 5. Can a hybrid impress the car nuts and pro drivers of the Fifth Gear team?
Watch their verdict in the segment which starts at 13:04 of the episode.
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
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.
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
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.
The second VIN shows the 535d … CONTINUED
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.
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
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
In the “Auto Trophy 2012″, the new BMW 3 Series was chosen as the most popular mid-range automobile, while the BMW 1 Series Convertible came out top in the “Convertibles up to 30,000 euros” category. The “Best Advertising” award also went to BMW – here readers of the automobile magazine “Auto Zeitung” showed a clear preference for the BMW 5 Series Touring campaign. The outstanding BMW result was rounded off with numerous other top 3 placements for the BMW 5 Series, the BMW 6 Series … CONTINUED
Autocar comparison pitting the BMW 520d against the Audi A6 TDI, Jaguar XF, Mercedes Benz E300, and Lexus GS450h.
Check out the verdicts inside.
The F11 Touring LCI facelift has now been spotted. This particular prototype is equipped with the xenon headlight option which retains the circular angel eyes/corona rings. The LED headlight option (previously spotted on the gray F10 5 Series sedan prototype) will feature the new squared off angel eyes.
We have information which shows production for the F10 LCI as beginning in July 2013, with deliveries starting in August/September of 2013.
The prototype F10 LCI shows slightly sportier side mirrors, with integrated turn signals (still camouflaged). The grey … CONTINUED
We’ve now posted better spy photos of the F10 5 Series LCI facelift update and an additional update has come to light – the prototype shows a new squared off angel eyes (coronal lights) shape, which has started to appear on BMWs beginning with the latest 3 Series, 6 Series, and 7 Series.
UPDATE 10/17: Better spy photos of the F10 LCI prototype now show a new squared off angel eyes (coronal lights) shape, which has started to appear on BMWs beginning with the latest 3 Series, 6 Series, and 7 Series. Also, the new front bumper will feature BMW’s air curtain vents.
The first F10 5 Series Sedan and F07 5 Series GT LCI (facelift) update prototypes have now been spotted. This will facelift the entire 5 Series lineup, including the F10 sedan, F11 touring, F07 GT, and … CONTINUED
One of our favorite cars of the BMW display at the 2012 Paris show is this cashmere silver F11 5 series touring sitting on a set of 20″ V-Spoke Style 356 wheels in Liquid Black finish. The upsized wheels fill out the F11′s fenders very nicely and the liquid black wheels look great contrasted against cashmere silver.
The price on these 356 wheels are not for the weak-hearted however, as they are listed (MSRP) at $839 for the fronts and $865 for the rears (as listed in … CONTINUED
The current F10 5 Series just arrived on the market in March 2010, but work has already started at BMW for the next generation 5 Series, which should come as a 2017 model.
According to BMW insider Scott26:
The next generation 5er is as I understand going through the motions of design process at the moment so they cannot give a concrete conclusion as we are still some time off from final design freeze , or the final car that will be chosen for production.
Of course … CONTINUED
Alpina recently debuted at the Geneva auto show, the improved BMW Alpina B5 Biturbo with 540 HP. We’ve reposted below the B5′s official specs and information, as well as a gallery from the Geneva show. Alpina has just released the following official video promo for the B5. Unfortunately, the B5 is not available in North America currently.
A great set of real life comparison photos between the F30 and F10, by Paul Tan.
Although the general styling of the newest 3 series and 5 series is now more consistent and shares more styling cues than the previous generation E90 and E60, there are still significant differences (in particular the front end) between the two designs as these photos highlight.
Here’s the tale of the tape for the F30 and F10:
Height – 56.3 in
Length – 182.5 in
Width – 71.3 in
Wheelbase – 110.6 … CONTINUED
Watch the new turbo 4 cylinder 528i take on the old 6 cylinder 528i in a head to head race and dyno, conducted by Classic BMW.
The 2012 528i features the N20 turbo 4 cylinder engine which is quoted at 240hp/260lb-ft torque, 0-60 in factory quoted 6.2sec and is 15% more fuel efficient.
The previous F10 528i was powered by the N52 6 cylinder engine which had 240hp/230lb-ft torque and ran from 0-60 in factory quoted 6.6sec. And although the two engines are factory rated at the same … CONTINUED