Our sister-magazine BimmerToday and its own Managing Editor, Benny, participated at the official launch of the new BMW 5 Series Touring. Along with some exclusive photos, we are bringing some behind the scene news around the 2011 5 Series Sedan and Touring.
The sales of the new 5er Sedan have been nothing but excellent for BMW. Since its launch in Germany on March 18, BMW sold over 13,000 units and new customers anticipate delays up to three months, despite the Dingolfing plant working at full load.
Also, BMW confirmed that the 5 Series full hybrid will come to market in 2011. This fall, BMW will also launch the 535d, a twin-turbo diesel developing 300 horsepower.
The M-Sport package for the 5 Series will make its debut at the same time with the Touring model. The package includes the new 5 Series aerodynamic components for front, rear and side design. Inside, the usual M-Sport steering wheel, sport seats, special door sills and foot rests.
In addition, the BMW 5 Series with M-Sport package offers also a sportier suspension, larger wheel and wider tires.
Another exciting model in the 5 Series line-up is the 520d sedan model that offers a standard fuel consumption of 4.9 liters per 100 km, approximately 48 mpg. Power is still there and its 184 ponies still offer the sportiness needed.
At the top of the engine range in the Touring family will be a 407 horsepower BMW 550i. It will come to the market next year, but due to the less popular V8 engines in Europe, they will be sold in low volume.
Along with the sedan model, the new 5 Series Touring also passed with flying colors the EURO NCAP crash test and received the highest rating of five stars.[Source: BimmerToday ]