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The BMW E60/E61 is the fifth generation[1] of the BMW 5 Series. It was sold from 2003 to 2010[1] and was available as a 4-door sedan (E60 model code) and as a 5-door wagon (E61 model code, marketed as 'Touring').[2]

BMW 5 Series (E60/E61)
BMW 5er (E60) front 20100508.jpg
Overview
Production2003–2010
Assembly
Body and chassis
ClassExecutive car (E)
Layout
RelatedBMW 6 Series (E63)
Powertrain
Engine
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,890 mm (113.8 in)
Length4,843 mm (190.7 in)
Width1,850 mm (73 in)
Height1,470–1,491 mm (57.9–58.7 in)
Curb weight1,545–1,830 kg (3,406–4,034 lb)
Chronology
PredecessorBMW 5 Series (E39)
SuccessorBMW 5 Series (F10)

The fifth generation introduced various new electronic features, including the iDrive infotainment system, head-up display, active cruise control, active steering, adaptive headlights, night vision, lane departure warning and voice control. The E60 was the first 5 Series to be available with a turbocharged petrol engine, a 6-speed automatic transmission and regenerative braking.

The M5 model was introduced in 2005 and is powered by the S85 V10 engine. It was sold in the sedan and wagon body styles, with most cars using the 7-speed SMG III transmission.

The E60 was replaced by the 5 Series (F10) in 2010.[3]

Contents

Development and launchEdit

The development programme for the E60 began in 1997, concluding in 2002. The lead designer was Boyke Boyer.[4] The final design, developed by Davide Arcangeli under BMW Design Director Chris Bangle,[5][6] was approved in 2000 and German design patents filed on April 16, 2002.[7]

The sedan was launched on July 5, 2003 in Europe and in October 2003 in North America.[8][9][10] In late 2004, the Touring models were introduced.

Body stylesEdit

The body of the E60 was made using aluminium for the front of the car, and steel for the passenger cabin and rear. Curb weights are 1,545–1,725 kg (3,406–3,803 lb) for the sedan[11][12] and 1,675–1,830 kg (3,693–4,034 lb) for the wagon.[13][14] The weight distribution of the sedan models was 50:50.[15]

Interior / EquipmentEdit

 
Interior (pre-facelift)
 
Head-up display

The iDrive infotainment system— first introduced in the E65 7 Series— was fitted to all E60 models. The standard iDrive system included a 6.5-inch LCD screen, Bluetooth audio for phone calls, voice control,[16] and vehicle settings. Optional features included an 8-inch LCD screen, satellite navigation and DVD video playback.

An emergency hotline feature (BMW Assist) was also available for the E60. The BMW Assist system could also use the phone network to notify the driver and their preferred BMW dealership when servicing was due.

Other features available in the E60 initially included active cruise control, Bi-Xenon headlights, run-flat tyres, active anti-roll bars[17] and active steering.[6] Safety-related items include Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), adaptive headlights and night vision.

Over the E60's lifespan, the following features were added: Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go,[18] keyless entry ("comfort access"), LED taillights,[19] Lane Departure Warning[16] and Brake Force Display.

The E60 was the first 5 Series in 22 years where the centre console was not angled towards the driver,[20][16] however the E60's successor returned to angling the centre console towards the driver.[3]

In 2003 a 6 speed SMG gearbox was offered as a option on the 525i, 530i, 545i and 550i.[21]

EnginesEdit

PetrolEdit

Model Years Engine Power Torque
520i 2003-2005 M54B22
6-cyl
125 kW (168 hp)
at 6,250 rpm
210 N⋅m (155 lb⋅ft)
at 3,500 rpm
2007-2010 N46B20
4-cyl
115 kW (154 hp)
at 6,400 rpm
200 N⋅m (148 lb⋅ft)
at 3,500 rpm
2007-2010 N43B20OL
4-cyl
125 kW (168 hp)
at 6,700 rpm
210 N⋅m (155 lb⋅ft)
at 4,250 rpm
523i 2005-2007 N52B25
6-cyl
130 kW (174 hp)
at 5,800 rpm
230 N⋅m (170 lb⋅ft)
at 3,500 rpm
2007-2010 N53B25UL
6-cyl
140 kW (188 hp)
at 6,100 rpm
240 N⋅m (177 lb⋅ft)
at 3,500 rpm
525i 2003-2005 M54B25
6-cyl
140 kW (188 hp)
at 6,000 rpm
237 N⋅m (175 lb⋅ft)
at 3,500 rpm
2005-2007 N52B25
6-cyl
160 kW (215 hp)
at 6,500 rpm
250 N⋅m (184 lb⋅ft)
at 2,750 rpm
2007-2010 N53B30UL
6-cyl
160 kW (215 hp)
at 6,100 rpm
270 N⋅m (199 lb⋅ft)
at 2,400 rpm
528i 2007-2010 N52B30
6-cyl
169 kW (227 hp)
at 6,500 rpm
270 N⋅m (199 lb⋅ft)
at 2,750 rpm
530i 2003-2005 M54B30
6-cyl
170 kW (228 hp)
at 5,900 rpm
300 N⋅m (221 lb⋅ft)
at 3,500 rpm
2005-2007 N52B30
6-cyl
190 kW (255 hp)
at 6,600 rpm
300 N⋅m (221 lb⋅ft)
at 2,500 rpm
2007-2010 N53B30OL
6-cyl
200 kW (268 hp)
at 6,700 rpm
320 N⋅m (236 lb⋅ft)
at 2,750 rpm
535i 2007-2010 N54B30
6-cyl turbo
225 kW (302 hp)
at 5,800 rpm
400 N⋅m (295 lb⋅ft)
at 1,300-5,000 rpm
540i 2005-2010 N62B40
V8
225 kW (302 hp)
at 6,300 rpm
390 N⋅m (288 lb⋅ft)
at 3,500 rpm
545i 2003-2005 N62B44
V8
245 kW (329 hp)
at 6,100 rpm
450 N⋅m (332 lb⋅ft)
at 3,600 rpm
550i 2005-2010 N62B48TÜ
V8
270 kW (362 hp)
at 6,300 rpm
490 N⋅m (361 lb⋅ft)
at 3,400 rpm
M5 2005-2010 S85B50
V10
373 kW (500 hp)
at 7,750 rpm
520 N⋅m (384 lb⋅ft) at
6,100 rpm

DieselEdit

Model Years Engine Power Torque
520d 2005-2007 M47D20
4-cyl turbo
120 kW (161 hp)
at 4,000 rpm
350 N⋅m (258 lb⋅ft)
at 1,750-3,000 rpm
2007-2010 N47D20
4-cyl turbo
130 kW (174 hp)
at 4,000 rpm
350 N⋅m (258 lb⋅ft)
at 1,750-2,500 rpm
525d FE 2004-2007 M57TU2D25
6-cyl turbo
120 kW (161 hp)
at 4,000 rpm
400 N⋅m (295 lb⋅ft)
at 2,000 rpm
2004-2007 M57TU2D25
6-cyl turbo
130 kW (174 hp)
at 4,000 rpm
400 N⋅m (295 lb⋅ft)
at 2,000 rpm
2007-2010 M57TU2D30UL
6-cyl turbo
145 kW (194 hp)
at 4,000 rpm
400 N⋅m (295 lb⋅ft)
at 1,300-3,250 rpm
530d 2003-2005 M57TUD30
6-cyl turbo
160 kW (215 hp)
at 4,000 rpm
500 N⋅m (369 lb⋅ft)
at 2,000 rpm
2005-2007 M57TUD30
6-cyl turbo
170 kW (228 hp)
at 4,000 rpm
500 N⋅m (369 lb⋅ft)
at 1,750 rpm
2007-2010 M57TU2D30OL
6-cyl turbo
173 kW (232 hp)
at 4,000 rpm
500 N⋅m (369 lb⋅ft)
at 1,750-3,000 rpm
535d 2004-2007 M57TUD30
6-cyl turbo
200 kW (268 hp)
at 4,400 rpm
560 N⋅m (413 lb⋅ft)
at 2,000-2,250 rpm
2007-2010 M57TU2D30TOP
6-cyl turbo
210 kW (282 hp)
at 4,400 rpm
580 N⋅m (428 lb⋅ft)
at 1,750-2,250 rpm

TransmissionsEdit

Available transmissions are:

M5 modelEdit

 
M5 sedan (E60)

The E60 M5 is powered by the BMW S85 4,999 cc (305 cu in) V10 engine. The engine produces 373 kW (500 bhp) at 7,750 rpm and 520 N⋅m (384 lb⋅ft) at 6,100 rpm, with a redline of 8,250 rpm.[23][24] The official 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) acceleration time is 4.7 seconds.[25]

The majority of M5s were sold with a 7-speed automated manual transmission ("SMG III"),[26][27] however a 6-speed manual was also available in some markets.

Total production of the M5 was 20,548 units, consisting of 19,523 sedans and 1,025 wagons.[28]

Alpina modelsEdit

 
Alpina B5 S

Introduced in February 2005, the petrol engined Alpina B5 and B5 S were built in sedan and wagon body styles and were based on the E60 using the 4.4 L N62B44 V8 from the 545i With a centrifugal supercharger bringing the power output to 368 kW (493 bhp).[29] for the B5 and 390 kW (523 bhp) for the B5 S respectively. The B5 was available exclusively with an Alpina tuned six-speed automatic transmission (6HP26) with "Switch-Tronic".

Special modelsEdit

BMW 5 Series SecurityEdit

The E60 5-Series was available as a ‘Security’ model, a factory armoured version produced by BMW AG which was unveiled at the 2005 Frankfurt Motor Show.[30] Utilising ballistic steel, aramid, polyethylene and 21mm polycarbonate layered glass[31] it was certified at VR4 level of VPAM’s Bullet Resistant Vehicle guidelines (1999),[32] tested by Beschussamt Mellrichstadt. The 5-Series Security was available as a 550i (367PS; 362 hp; 270 kW V8) or 530i (258PS; 254 hp; 190 kW I6) and features upgraded suspension and braking systems.[33]

The armoured areas include the entire passenger cell, battery terminals and ECU (Engine Control Unit). As standard they included an intercom system and panic alarm.

BMW 5 Series Security was manufactured alongside the series model at BMW's Dingolfing plant, with armouring prepared before being shipped to a specialist facility in Toluca, Mexico, where the vehicles complete the final assembly stage.[31]

Long-wheelbase sedan (China only)Edit

A factory-stretched long-wheelbase version of the E60 5 Series was offered in China. Models included the 520Li, 523Li, 525Li, and 530Li.[34]

BMW 5 Series Authority VehicleEdit

The 5 Series Authority Vehicle is designed for police forces, fire services, and emergency rescue services. It has a firearm bracket in the rear center armrest.[35]

SafetyEdit

section view- front
section view- side

Initially the 5 Series received a three-star rating for adult occupants.[36] However changes were made to the steering column, footrest, door trims, door latch, airbags and electronic software and the car was retested achieving its four-star rating. BMW claims the modifications improved the car's EuroNCAP score, not the vehicle's safety; consequently BMW chose not to recall the earlier-built cars.[37]

The American Insurance Institute of Highways Safety (IIHS) gives the 5 Series a "Good" overall rating in frontal collisions but a "Marginal" overall rating for side impact collisions.[38][39] The IIHS reported their side impact test would likely cause driver related rib fractures and/or internal organ injuries. The IIHS tests were conducted on models built after May 2007; these models had modifications to improve side impact safety.

Euro NCAP scores (2004 sedan)[40]
Adult Occupant:      
Child Occupant:      
Pedestrian:     
NHTSA scores (2008 sedan)[41]
Frontal Driver:      
Frontal Passenger:      
Side Driver:      
Side Rear Passenger:      
Rollover:      

2007 faceliftEdit

The 'Life Cycle impulse' (LCI) models were released in September 2007 (for the 2008 model year). Styling changes were relatively subtle, and included revised headlights, tail lights and front bumper.[19] The interior was significantly revised. The iDrive system was upgraded with programmable "favourite" shortcut buttons (for late 2008 models), a revised menu system, preset buttons for the audio system and the switch from DVD to hard disk based storage.[42]

Mechanically, the 5 Series gained the new engines and transmissions from the E70 X5. On automatic transmission models, a shift by wire shifter replaced the mechanical version and shift paddles were available for the first time on a 5 Series model outside of the M5.[19]

The active cruise control was upgraded to bring the vehicle to a complete stop and accelerate from stationary (called" Stop & Go"). Other changes include adaptive headlights, LED rear lights, Lane Departure Warning,[43] night vision,[44] head-up display and Brake Force Display. The E60 LCI was the first BMW to feature regenerative braking.[18]

ProductionEdit

Production of the E60/E61 occurred at the BMW Group Plant Dingolfing in Germany[45] and at the BMW Brilliance plant in China.[46]

Complete knock-down assembly of German-produced kits took place in Thailand,[47] Egypt,[48] Russia[49] and Malaysia.[50]

Yearly production figures[51]
Year Total Sedan Touring Notes
2003 70,522 70,522 - Sedan launched in July.
2004 229,598 191,361 31,342 Touring model launched in May.
2005 228,389 177,719 50,670
2006 232,193 182,539 49,654
2007 230,845 181,534 49,311
2008 202,287 156,825 45,462
2009 175,983 135,944 36,987

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