Official Photos: 2011 BMW 5 Series

5-series | November 24th, 2009 by 43
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The official photo gallery of 2011 BMW 5 Series is finally here. Lots of different angles, scenarios and surroundings. This is the moment we have …

The official photo gallery of 2011 BMW 5 Series is finally here. Lots of different angles, scenarios and surroundings. This is the moment we have all been waiting for, after months of spy photos coverage and days of teasing, the 2011 BMW 5 Series has been finally unveiled.

We’re working on a thorough design analysis, but in the mean time, we would let you enjoy these great photos. In the upcoming hours, selected high quality wallpapers will be made available to download.

But before we let you enjoy these photos, let’s see how BMW describes the car:

Exterior Design: charismatic and athletic.

With the longest wheelbase in the segment, a long and sleek hood, short overhangs, and a coupe-like roofline, the new BMW 5 Series Sedan stands out clearly from the competition. Overall, the aesthetic looks of the car are achieved through balanced proportions. Design features emblematic of BMW are to be found at the front with its kidney grille inclined slightly forward, in the stylish and elegant side view of the car, and at the muscular rear end.

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Within the interior, precise functionality and a fresh ambience come together in perfect harmony, unmistakable style, and clear orientation to the driver.

Exterior: Dynamic proportions in perfect balance.

The proportions of the new BMW 5 Series Sedan are defined in archetypal BMW style by the long wheelbase and hood, short overhangs, aft-set greenhouse, and the coupe-like flowing roofline. The slightly wedge-like shape of the body creates a sporty, forward-moving character. The fresh interpretation of BMW’s signature Hofmeister kink at the bottom of the C-pillar further emphasizes the dynamic looks of the car in profile.

The entire silhouette is superbly balanced, providing a clear indication of the near-perfect front-to-rear weight distribution for all engine variants. Measuring 2.97 meters or 116.9”, the wheelbase of the new BMW 5 Series is the longest in the car’s segment, while the sculptural design again distinctive of BMW provides a smooth flow of lines from the front along the side to the rear, creating a body where everything fits together as if out of one mould.

Charismatic front, elegant side, muscular rear.

The expressive front end of the new BMW 5 Series Sedan presents the sporting character of the car. The upright BMW kidney grille – even appearing from some angles to lean forward – symbolizes the forward-pushing motion of the sedan and, together with the powerfully flared wheel arches, gives the front end of the car strong charismatic presence.

Above the striking contour line running along the car at the height of the door openers, a slightly flared shoulder surface, together with the coupe-like roofline and the stretched window surface, gives the glazed section of the passenger cell a light and stretched look despite its size. Further down the body, concave modeled surfaces create lively light and shade effects emphasizing the sporting character of the sedan. Greater curvature around the rear wheel arches, finally, bears clear testimony to rear-wheel drive typical of a BMW of this kind.

The dynamic lines of the car are further enhanced by the strikingly compact counter-swing at the bottom of the C-pillar. Featuring the smallest radius at this point ever to be seen on a BMW sedan, this re-interpretation of the typical Hofmeister kick underlines the stretched silhouette of the car and gives the passenger cell a light and low appearance.

Running parallel to one another, the contour and sill lines rise up dynamically, the former stretching out from the front wheel arch all the way to the rear lights to create the elegant and dynamic look of the car from the side. The sculptural shape typical of a BMW established in this way makes the side sections and the rear end literally flow into one another.

The contour lines continue into the contours of the rear light clusters and finally come together above the license plate. Seen from the rear, the new BMW 5 Series Sedan also stands out through the concave surface between the contour line and the wheel arches giving the body a distinctly recognizable waist. The flared wheel arches and the horizontal breakdown of the rear end, in turn, strongly emphasize the powerful stature of the sedan, the wide track and the wheels ending flush with the wheel arches further enhancing this impression.

The L-shaped rear light clusters again reflect the typical look of a BMW and provide that unmistakable night design. Three rows of LED lights form the look of homogeneously glowing bodies again quite characteristic of BMW. And last but not least, the direction indicators and brake lights also come in LED technology.

Sounds good so far? We think so too and we’re certainly looking forward to driving the car.

43 responses to “Official Photos: 2011 BMW 5 Series”

  1. bmwm6 says:

    in the picture with all the previuos 5 series the E60 still looks fresh

  2. dusan says:

    I dont know why but im bit disappointed!

  3. 100$ GUY says:

    I dont know why but Im a bit excited, definitely excited with this new 5. Maybe cause all the time I expected nothing interesting nor beautiful nor exciting, but in the end, low expects met with high quality,design and dynamics.
    I really love this new 5.

  4. Javier says:

    It doesn’t remind me of the E60, which is good! No more ugly tacky headlights that look like the eyes of a drag queen. Thanks BMW!

  5. X5SoB says:

    I don’t know, the more I look at it the more the F10 looks like a 3-Series that got depressed and ate until it got sloppy fat…
    The E60 was better.

  6. CarGuyDad says:

    I like it, I really do, it’s a great looking car, great technology, plenty of power… but for some reason it doesn’t excite me like I hoped it would… there’s something missing. I know many people, myself included, who in 1997 saw the E39 and instantly wanted it and loved it, and I don’t see that with this car.

  7. CMack says:

    Damn near perfect! Love the styling and now I KNOW the M5 will be incredible!!!

  8. Straight Six says:

    Too bad it’s not such a step forward like the E60 was, but still it is beautiful, the rear is fantastic, the front not so much. But E60 still looks very fresh, like it was designed yesterday!

  9. Ray says:

    I like it; the proportions are dynamic- more so than the E60- and lovely, and I think overall it’s cleaner, sportier and more pristine looking than the E60 in standard trim.

    The major element that I disagree with is the tail light design, which evokes those on the Infiniti M- not exactly the best affiliation IMO. But I’m still excited, and I can’t wait to see it in person!

  10. efoza says:

    Anybody who has ordered the new GT must be very happy. The GT looks very modern whereas this looks like an old design which was supposed to have been made about 10 years ago!

    Having said that, it is nevertheless a solid and extremely well made car for its market place, given all the bad reviews and poor sales figures for the Merc E Class and the Audi A6 recently. BMW will do well with this but not for its looks- which are dead boring.

    • Doug says:

      Yes, I expected the GT design in different proportions. This is way too safe and understated, imho to the point of not making enough of a statement.

      It seems like a dilution of Chris Bangle’s work. Or a retraction altogether.

      • Jag says:

        agree. however, i think this is a good design, it looks beautiful from all angles – except for the front 3/4 view, i just don’t like it

  11. mms says:

    I want Bangle back! Immediately!

  12. Bryce says:

    In the photos with all the previous 5s I see more elements of the E39 than the E60 in the new F10. I like the new look and think that it does look a bit more aggressive than I expected, but I wasn’t expecting much.

    I wonder if the new BMW performance parts had anything to do with not making it look too aggressive. Now that BMW is offering performance parts, to make this car look aggressive would have put their new division right out of business!

  13. Mtnplay says:

    yawn….I mean seriously you guys, BMW needs to step it up if they want to beat the japanese counterparts, people are not wanting to pay $60k+ for a mediocre designed sedan, when they can buy 90% of the car for $30k. The disparity between the luxury brands and the mainstream sedans has closed dramatically. I got rid of my 5 series to buy a VW CC for $26k, and I’m absolutely shocked at how good it is.

  14. Kelz says:

    I’m not so much of a BMW fan, but this car is Beautiful…

  15. Doug says:

    By the way, anyone have any idea what device that is in the middle of the swaybar in the front suspension pic (281) ?

    It looks like some sort of actuator. I don’t think this is the steering.

  16. viper says:

    Oh God…..what an ugly front , the rear of the car is the best part by far when the tailpipes are on each side not both on one side which is really pathetic these days…the interior is 7 series , screw u bmw and ur originality , the s class and e class share nothing ,two different worlds,

  17. bimmer bull says:

    Is there any truth to the rumor that there will be no manual transmission?

  18. That looks magnificent! It’s exterior looks and plush interiors give it an exotic look. I am going to buy it if my pocket permits.

  19. khaled says:

    a great back and an ugly front

  20. ck says:

    no love at first sight, very disappointing indeed.

  21. TinoIsp says:

    I love everything about this car except the ugly front grill – reminds me of the new 7. What is BMW doing with the kidneys? They bulge out and do not fit the lines of the rest of the front end. Do Not like that design at all and hopefully they will not be making this change to the entire line!

  22. shajeel says:


  23. absolutely beautiful, pure BMW perfection unlike its competitors which are looking more and more like the Korean cars.

  24. Emilio C. Suarez IV says:

    Does anybody know the new body designation number for the new 5 series?

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