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Exclusive: First interior photos of the 2011 BMW 5 Series and possible the next M5

Spy Photos | March 11th, 2009 by 9

Update: For some odd reason, BMW is still testing the F01 7 Series, so YES, this is the shortwheel base 7. We have just received …

Update: For some odd reason, BMW is still testing the F01 7 Series, so YES, this is the shortwheel base 7.

We have just received some exclusive photos with the 2011 BMW 5 Series. The 5er test mule was spotted in Malibu, California, along the Pacific Coast Highway, a sign that BMW is moving forward in the the process, not only in Europe, but in the US as well.

Unfortunately, the quality of the photos it’s not the best, but….for the first time, we get to see the fully uncovered interior of the new 2011 BMW 5 Series (F10). Our reader, who wishes to remain anonymous, told us that the interior looks almost identical to the new 7 Series, including the wood paneling on the sides.

Exclusive: First interior photos of the 2011 BMW 5 Series and possible the next M5

As far as the exterior design, he shared with us that the new 5er looks wider, but somewhat shorter than the current E60 5 Series. As a true BMW fan and spy photographer, he was able to pull a piece of the camouflage covering the trunk and he observed some similarities between these new headlights and the ones from the 7 Series. We already learned in the past that the headlights design resembles the new 7, but not identical and far smaller.

Now, pay attention to this photo below, I couldn’t tell from the beginning what was different between this test mule and the ones we have previously seen, but after examining the photos closer, I noticed the square exhaust pipes, very similar to the 7 Series and….a clear indication that this test car could be either the high-end 550i model or even the M5.

Exclusive: First interior photos of the 2011 BMW 5 Series and possible the next M5

What do you think? Could we have here the next generation BMW M5?

For a change, it’s nice to see some different spy shots and in the next months, there will be many more spied photos to go around. Most likely in the fall, we will see the first FEP (Final Evaluation Phase) models where we the fake body plastics will come off and replaced by the funky white and black camouflage.

Thanks again for the photos!

  • Giom

    I hope its not too similar to the seven. Remember when BMW said they were abandoning the ‘same sausage, different lenths’ philosophy, I was very glad. Each model had its own personality -unmistakably.

    I don’t like Audi cars wich looks exatcly the same. From a distance you can’t tell them apart. This might work for some people, but seeing that different people buy different models within a marque, I’d say a different styling treatment is called for.

    BMW had this very right so far. I hope it doesn’t change.

  • Carl

    Looks like a F01 = 7 series to me?

  • mustang23

    Is it possible that this is an F01 mule that they are testing? Perhaps 760i or even M7? There are too many similarities to the 7 I fell, the interior looks spot on for the 7.

  • Tine

    This F01 7-series prototype, not F10 5er one.

    100%

  • http://www.celmaitaredinparcare.ro Andrei Monciu

    it’s not a M5, M models have a quad exhaust

  • http://www.bmwblog.com Horatiu B.

    @Andrei Monciu: You might be right Andrei, but we really don’t know how the next M models will look like.

    In this case, yes, these photos are indeed the 7 Series F01, shortwheel base.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=825975013 Carlos Perez

    so is the 750I ?

  • L1ndja

    I believe that bmw has no reason to hide this car that much if it was a 7series so i dont agree with those of you who say its a 7.I’m preety sure this aint an M5 aswell.

  • Nizer

    Ugh, I bloody hate wood interior trim. I’m sincerely hope BMW offers an aluminum interior trim option in the new 5, as they already for the current 5 in every other country ex-the US.

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