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
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
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.
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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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”!
Autospies was on hand at the 2011 BMW 5-Series press launch event held in Cascais, Portugal. They were able to ogle and take photos of the 550i, 535i, and 520d.
Time marches on and the F10 BMW M5 continues its cold weather testing ahead of its scheduled launch for 2011. To recap, this car is expected to utilize a turbo charged V8 engine derived from the motor used in the X5 and X6 M. Power outputs are still unknown but I would bet on it being higher then that of the X5/X6M. Other M5 Spy pictures can be seen here.
Photo Source: Auto Motor & Sport (DE)
Inside you’ll find full F10 5-series pricing for the UK market, including base model, package, and options pricing. *Options and packages will vary in the North American market.
Here are some newly released videos detailing various features of the new F10 BMW 5-Series in motion.
Racing Dynamics has already set its sights on tuning the upcoming F10 5-series 550i and 535i. Initial modification plans and initial peek inside.