(BMW E60, E61)
The design of the BMW 5 Series Saloon (E60/60) available from 2003 with its characteristic shapes originates under the leadership of Chris Bangle. The alternating concave and convex planes create a unique interplay of light and shade, both powerful and dynamic. The operating concept is also adopted from the BMW luxury class saloon, allowing the driver to control the diverse systems of the BMW 5 series by means of iDrive. This is optionally available with Head-Up Display, which projects the most important information relevant to the journey directly into the driver’s field of vision on the windscreen.
The new BMW 5 Series Saloon is larger and more spacious than the predecessor model, although not any heavier but actually up to 75 kg lighter depending on the model. One of the factors responsible for this is the weight-reducing aluminium front section, which in the composite design with the remaining steel bodyshell represents a trend-setting step in body construction.
Adaptive cornering and brake lights are optionally available. Also making its debut in the BMW 5 Series, alongside the Dynamic Drive roll stabilisation, is Active Cruise Control (ACC). In combination with the sporty suspension, this enables driving dynamics that are unique in this class. The inline 6-cylinder engines impress as diesels with common rail technology and in the petrol version with Bi-VANOS.
From the start of 2005, the BMW M5 comes onto the market with an enormous 5-litre V10 engine delivering 373 kW (507 hp). The dynamic sports saloon is available in both Saloon and Touring models, making it one of the fastest estate cars in the world.
In 2007, the appearance of the vehicle is modernised with alterations to the lighting and bumpers as well as an overhauled iDrive system.
Production period: 2003 – 2010
Engines: 2.0 – 5.0 litres (120 – 373 kW, 163 – 507 hp), 4-, 6-, 8- & 10-cylinder
Length/width/height: 4,841 – 4,855 mm/1,846 mm/1,468 – 1,512 mm