A UK national, Rich535d, and a member of 5Series.net, is the first person, at least to our knowledge, to come in the possession of the new 2011 F10 BMW 5 Series Sedan. At least for a day or so, he will be some sort of a web celebrity since this is the first report of a consumer taking delivery of the new 5.
The model in question is the BMW 525d which employs a turbocharged 2,993cc inline-6 diesel and it’s been tuned to deliver 204 hp at 4,000 rpm, plus 332 lb-ft of torque from 1,750 rpm to 2,500 rpm. The 525d gets to 100 km/h (62 mph) from a standstill in 7.2 seconds. Its top speed is 146 mph.
Now let’s find out the owner’s first impressions.
I picked my car up today.
I have still to spend lots of time becoming familiar with it, but thought I’d post some pics asap.
If any member wants pics of a specific part, let me know and I’ll do my best to accomodate.
My first impressions?
I’m a hard guy to please with cars, but the car did exceed my high expectations.
Driving is EXTREMELY smooth and VERY quiet
The 8 speed sport-auto is very quick changing; the paddles are great!
I’ve not thrown the thing around yet, but handling appears great. The ride comfort, compared to my M-Sport E60 on 18 inch runflats, is very noticeable. Bumps and potholes do not jar the whole car!
The windscreen wipers are actually the correct way for us guys in the UK as well!
The interior is extremely high quality. I had seen the prof. i drive screen at the preview evening, but it is still HUGE.
The speed limit display is remarkable (see pics). Every time you pass the spped sign it updates (there is somme feedback from GPS as well as it even knows the difference between single and dual carriageway roads (the limits are different in the UK)
And it seems like a very minor point, but the instant fuel economy gauge / efficient dynamics indicator is a LCD screen. It is amazing.
I’ll post further when I have had a chance to play some more!
P.S. The DVD playing feature is rather cool…