The moment has come: as we’re approaching mid-summer days, the new 2011 BMW 5 Series models are losing the fake plastic body panels in favor of the now famous black and white camouflage.
By entering the Final Evaluation Phase, the new 5 Series is going through a variety of testing scenarios to correct any issues that might arise in real life driving.
2011 BMW 5 Series will grow a few inches, but BMW’s goal was to still keep the car at the current weight levels by using extensive aluminum in the exterior panels. The next 5 Series uses a new all-steel chassis with some special techniques to process the steel.
Turbocharged engines will be the core of the new 5 Series line-up. The new 4.4L twin-turbo V8 from the X6 and new 5-50i GT is expected to appear, along with a variety of other turbo engines, including the diesel powerplants as well. A hybrid version is rumored to be in works as well, but it will be revealed at a much later date.
The transmission systems will include a six-speed manual and a six-speed Steptronic semi-auto gearbox, but the new 8-speed unit from ZF will be offered in the higher-end 5er model.
For the first time, we have a chance to see almost the full interior design and the similarities with the 7 Series models design are quite numerous: the steering wheel with multi-control buttons, the area around the i-Drive knob and also the beautiful tachometers.
As far as the exterior design, the gorgeous corona ring white LEDs from the 5 GT are making their way into the regular 5 Series Sedan as well. Judging from the front-end perspective, the test mules seen in these shots prove that the rendering showed by AutoZeitung yesterday is very close to the final design lines.
Despite the fact that many of us believed that we will see a rear-end similar to the new 7 Series, the spy shots reveal a different approach and some voices are even comparing it with the existing 5er models. Could this be just an evolution of the current taillights or is there something else hiding underneath the funky camouflage?
The 2011 BMW 5 Series will be unveiled at the Geneva Auto Show next year and will go on sale a few months later.
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