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BMW 5 Series (E60)

The fifth generation of the BMW 5 Series consists of the BMW E60 (sedan/long wheelbase sedan version) and BMW E61 (wagon version, marketed as 'Touring') executive cars.[1][2] The E60 and the E61 were produced from 2003 to 2010 and are often collectively referred to as the E60.

BMW 5 Series (E60/E61)
BMW 5er (E60) front 20100508.jpg
Overview
ManufacturerBMW
Production2003–2010
Assembly
DesignerDavide Arcangeli (2000)
Body and chassis
ClassExecutive car (E)
Layout
RelatedBMW 6 Series (E63)
Powertrain
Engine
Transmission
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,890 mm (113.8 in)
3,030 mm (119.3 in) (LWB)
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 E60 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. It was the first and only M5 model to be sold with a V10 engine.

In January 2010, the BMW 5 Series (F10) began production as the successor to the E60.[3]

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. Kerb 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,[16][20] 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
inline-6
125 kW (168 hp) at 6,250 rpm 210 N⋅m (155 lb⋅ft) at 3,500 rpm
2007-2010 N46B20
inline-4
115 kW (154 hp) at 6,400 rpm 200 N⋅m (148 lb⋅ft) at 3,500 rpm
2007-2010 N43B20OL
inline-4
125 kW (168 hp) at 6,700 rpm 210 N⋅m (155 lb⋅ft) at 4,250 rpm
523i 2005-2007 N52B25
inline-6
130 kW (174 hp) at 5,800 rpm 230 N⋅m (170 lb⋅ft) at 3,500 rpm
2007-2010 N53B25UL
inline-6
140 kW (188 hp) at 6,100 rpm 240 N⋅m (177 lb⋅ft) at 3,500 rpm
525i 2003-2005 M54B25
inline-6
140 kW (188 hp) at 6,000 rpm 237 N⋅m (175 lb⋅ft) at 3,500 rpm
2005-2007 N52B25
inline-6
160 kW (215 hp) at 6,500 rpm 250 N⋅m (184 lb⋅ft) at 2,750 rpm
2007-2010 N53B30UL
inline-6
160 kW (215 hp) at 6,100 rpm 270 N⋅m (199 lb⋅ft) at 2,400 rpm
528i 2007-2010 N52B30
inline-6
169 kW (227 hp) at 6,500 rpm 270 N⋅m (199 lb⋅ft) at 2,750 rpm
530i 2003-2005 M54B30
inline-6
170 kW (228 hp) at 5,900 rpm 300 N⋅m (221 lb⋅ft) at 3,500 rpm
2005-2007 N52B30
inline-6
190 kW (255 hp) at 6,600 rpm 300 N⋅m (221 lb⋅ft) at 2,500 rpm
2007-2010 N53B30OL
inline-6
200 kW (268 hp) at 6,700 rpm 320 N⋅m (236 lb⋅ft) at 2,750 rpm
535i 2007-2010 N54B30
turbocharged inline-6
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
375 kW (503 hp) at 7,750 rpm 520 N⋅m (384 lb⋅ft) at 6,100 rpm

DieselEdit

Model Years Engine (turbocharged) Power Torque
520d 2005-2007 M47D20
inline-4
120 kW (161 hp) at 4,000 rpm 350 N⋅m (258 lb⋅ft) at 1,750-3,000 rpm
2007-2010 N47D20
inline-4
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
inline-6
120 kW (161 hp) at 4,000 rpm 400 N⋅m (295 lb⋅ft) at 2,000 rpm
2004-2007 M57TU2D25
inline-6
130 kW (174 hp) at 4,000 rpm 400 N⋅m (295 lb⋅ft) at 2,000 rpm
2007-2010 M57TU2D30UL
inline-6
145 kW (194 hp) at 4,000 rpm 400 N⋅m (295 lb⋅ft) at 1,300-3,250 rpm
530d 2003-2005 M57TUD30
inline-6
160 kW (215 hp) at 4,000 rpm 500 N⋅m (369 lb⋅ft) at 2,000 rpm
2005-2007 M57TUD30
inline-6
170 kW (228 hp) at 4,000 rpm 500 N⋅m (369 lb⋅ft) at 1,750 rpm
2007-2010 M57TU2D30OL
inline-6
173 kW (232 hp) at 4,000 rpm 500 N⋅m (369 lb⋅ft) at 1,750-3,000 rpm
535d 2004-2007 M57TUD30
inline-6
200 kW (268 hp) at 4,400 rpm 560 N⋅m (413 lb⋅ft) at 2,000-2,250 rpm
2007-2010 M57TU2D30TOP
inline-6
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 is rated at 373 kW (500 hp) 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 engine 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 hp).[29] for the B5 and 390 kW (523 hp) for the B5 S respectively. The B5 was available exclusively with an Alpina tuned six-speed automatic transmission (6HP26) called "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 introduced 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 besides 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
Total 1,369,817 1,096,444 263,426

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