First G30 BMW 5 Series Prototype Review Confirms Many Reports

5 Series | September 6th, 2016 by 61
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The seventh iteration of the legendary BMW 5 Series is about to be completely unveiled. The Germans are hard at work at the moment trying to put together the final touches before the veil comes off. In doing so, they are inviting some media representatives to take a stab at the new model, even though it isn’t completely finished. The aim? To see how the car could be improved even more in the limited time they have at their disposal.

The guys from Autocar were among the lucky few that got to ride in nearly finished prototypes of the car on some Welsh back roads and they came back with some of their thoughts of the new mid-size premium sedan. First of all, the new model will bring forward weight savings of up to 100 kg (220 lbs) compared to its predecessor, depending on the exact engine and specs you’re comparing.

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Now that will be tricky to do because the new version will also come with a lot of new model variants at the same time. The 518d and 520d models will remain basically intact as will their petrol counterparts. However, as we reported a while back, there will also be plenty of new models in the range. The 530i for example will be using a 2-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged engine good for 252 HP while the 540d will be a completely new model, fitted with a new-age B57 3-liter twin-turbo engine. The upper tier 550i will be replaced by the M550i, an M Performance model that bridges the gap between the 540i (fitted with the 340 HP B58 3-liter engine) and the F90 M5.

Leaving model names aside, the review also confirms that cars fitted with 2-liter engines will be using suspension components shared with the upcoming 3 Series while the rest of the range will be sharing some of the axle underpinnings with the current 7 Series. In case you’re worried about what that may do to the handling of the car, fret not. As Autocar puts it, this is the best handling 5 Series ever made due to a variety of revisions done to the axles.

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The adaptive dampers respond faster and have revised valves while the double wishbone suspension up front uses even more aluminum for less unsprung weight. All wheel drive will be offered with all-wheel drive steering, just like on the 7 Series, and will bring even more in terms of driving excitement to the table. The steering was also improved for better feedback and may very well be the best on the market once the G30 5 Series comes out. Excited yet?

As for comfort, further improvements have been done in this regard as well. As per Autocar: “It’s safe to say this is the best-riding 5 Series yet. The new chassis imbues it with a more cosseting and controlled feel over any given road than its predecessor. It is very accomplished, whether coping with high-frequency bumps around town or more undulating topography at higher speeds out on the open road. It’s quiet, too. Indeed, tire roar is very well suppressed, indicating it will be a brilliant motorway cruiser.”

61 responses to “First G30 BMW 5 Series Prototype Review Confirms Many Reports”

  1. Kaisuke971 says:

    If i’m not mistaken the 7 Series has lost up to 150kg. Hopefully it means that the 5’s quality has improved even more than the 7, which is needed when you see how good the W213 is. Looking forward to the M5.

  2. Max says:

    Sounds promising, but nothing else I was expecting ;)
    Dont know why, but Autocar has deleted their article..

  3. milky_cereal says:

    Sounds good. If the driving dynamics improve dramatically, this will indeed be very good news.

  4. Giom says:

    Considering the fact that the outgoing model is still competitive vs much newer cars, this new 5 should set the standards for all to aspire to in the next few years.

    • John says:

      You’re impressed that the outgoing model is still competitive?

      • guest says:

        You’re impressed enough to type. Current car is gorgeous, better looking than most 4 dr. coupes.

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        • Marco di Vayo says:

          bmw can only be impressive for gays and brainless idiots like you.

          • Nathaniel says:

            Stop gay bashing I hope you get your ass kicked by a gay person it’s not for you to judge people you F fool you can’t afford BMW or a MB you just all mouth and small man hood

          • Marco di Vayo says:

            I guess you’re just one of those stupid bmw drivers whose wives are being owned by us. Go and take care of your long horns, idiot. I drive a 2015 E-Class, and I feel a king unlike you.

          • Jonathan Oshea says:

            Another typical asshole bmw fan. You can’t afford an MB, so you just drive bmw. Pure and simple. And every time you drive on a slightly uneven road, you have a strong headache because of that pathetic chassis setup. And it doesn’t matter whether it’s a 3, 5 or 7 series. All of them ride worse than even a Nissan Leaf.

          • guest says:

            Which one am I? 2 million sold last year, 5th consecutive record breaker, doing the same this yr. That’s a lot of brainless idiots, guess we’re not all just typists like you.

    • Marco di Vayo says:

      Competitive? By what? You’re simply ridiculous. The 5 series is the only useless car in its segment. I mean if you want ride comfort and practicality, you’d go for Mercedes-Benz E-Class. If you want perofmrnace, you’d go for Jaguar XF or Audi A6. The 5 series isn’t the best at anything, so it’s just stupid like its drivers.

      • Giom says:

        Goodness gracious Marco… this is how you talk to strangers just for having a different pov that you? That’s just shocking!

        Btw, my comment was based on road tests from various publications.

        … And practice some social skills man, there’s way too much hate in this world!!!

        • Marco di Vayo says:

          I hate bmw and its gay drivers. They spoil the world together with that idiotic company. I’m glad Mercedes-Benz is kicking bmw’s stupid ass now and is making pathetic bmw go bankrupt.
          As for you, I’d keep silent if I were you, since your shitty bmw is even worse than Soviet era cars.

        • Jonathan Oshea says:

          Hey dreamer Giom, are you drunk? The shitty 5 series can only be competitive (and not by much) when compared to something like Tatra or Seat. It doesn’t even have the ride quality of VW Golf, you idiot. So one must be an absolute fool to compare the idiotic bmw to Mercedes-Benz.

          • guest says:

            Guessing these dudes are Putinbots – 1st BMW, tomorrow the world! Name calling bs (bankrupt?!), trolling @ it’s finest.

      • guest says:

        If you buy any of those, how do you tell them apart from a C-Class, XE, A4, A3 or Elantra in a parking lot? I’d buy a 5 just for its looks, gorgeous car.

  5. Jeremy Reuter says:

    I was just riding in an F10 on 16-inch wheels. OMG, what a useless car compared to MB E-Class, Audi A6 and Jaguar XF. My neck is still in pain after that shaky ride over uneven roads. I didn’t have such a bad experience with Mercedes-Benz E-Class riding on 19-inch wheels. I’ll never consider a bmw in my life. No, thanks, assholes from Munich.

    • Marco di Vayo says:

      Sure, my friend. It’s even enough to have a look at the pathetic 5 series to understand that you shouldn’t get inside that piece of shit, let alone drive it. And I don’t expect the new 5 series to be anything but an absolute crap as always. All the people who drive or like bmw are absolute idiots.

    • guest says:

      Pretty sure it’s BMW’s success giving you pain. What used car lot were you on to find an F10 with 16-inch wheels? And if you hate the marque so, why memorize chassis codes?

  6. Frank Morgan says:

    However hard bmw tries, they’ll never be able to come close to Mercedes-Benz. NEVER! I’d always prefer even a B-Class to the most advanced bmw 7 series (if they can produce something advanced of course).

    • Marco di Vayo says:

      I’m so glad that more and more smart people are joining this blog and teach this stupid bmw fans a thing or two in this life. Though I doubt that this asshole bmw fans together with the admin of this blog will ever learn something.

    • P. Fonda says:

      Exactly my thoughts. A smart man will never prefer the shitty bmw. Personally, I’d rather prefer a 70-year-old Soviet car to the latest shitty 7 series.

    • Jonathan Oshea says:

      Waiting for the global sales figures of the pathetic bmw to laugh at them after comparing their shitty sales to those of Mercedes-Benz.

  7. Kommodore says:

    Yo what’s up with all the hate posting lately? Can someone ban these fools?

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