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Alpina launches update for B5 Bi-Turbo

Alpina B5 Bi-Turbo

I’ve always considered that the cars Alpina make are very special and the B5 Bi-Turbo is no exception. The latest update brought to this BMW 5-Series-based sedan comes with a power boost for the V8 4.4-liter twin-turbo engine that increases the output to 533 hp (540 PS / 397 kW) and 538 lb.-ft (730 Nm) of torque, which is 32 hp (33 PS / 24 kW) and 22 lb.-ft (30 Nm) more.

Alpina B5 Bi-Turbo

Thanks to this increase in power, the Alpina B5 Bi-Turbo is able to reach 62 mph from start in only 4.5 seconds which is 0.2 sec quicker than before. The top speed has also increased to 198 mph (319 km/h) which is 7 mph (12 km/h) more.

Alpina B5 Bi-Turbo

As far as the car’s efficiency is concerned, the car is able to return 22.4 mpg (10.5 liters / 100 km or 26.9 mpg UK) while CO2 emissions stand at 244 g/km.

Source: Alpina

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BMW 550dX in the works

BMW 535d

If we were to believe the details leaked from a conference that was held earlier this week in Holland, the German automaker BMW will launch the 550dX model which will be the company’s first car to get the new 3.0-liter, 6-cylinder, tri-turbo diesel power unit.

This new engine will also be available for the X5xDrive550d as well as for the X6xDrive550d model, and it is claimed to generate 376 hp and more than 516 lb.-ft of torque, which is 70 hp and 74 lb.-ft more than the most powerful variant of the company’s current twin-turbocharged 6-cylinder, 3.0-liter in-line diesel engine.

This new radical engine will probably feature two traditional exhaust blown turbochargers that will work in combination with an electronically driven turbocharger in order to improve low-end response. The engine is rumored to be offered exclusively with an 8-speed automatic transmission and a four-wheel drive configuration.

When it will come out, the 550dX will be slotted above the BMW 535d, and rumors say that the car will be able to do the 0-62 mph sprint in only 5 seconds, en route to an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph. Fuel consumption should be somewhat similar to that of the 535d, which means that we should expect somewhere of around 46 mpg UK, while CO2 emissions will be of 165 g/km.

BMW is also developing a hot version of the 550dX which will be called the M550dX. Even though it won’t be an official M model, this car will get a bunch of styling and chassis tweaks.

Source: Autocar

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BMW Launches ActiveHybrid 5

BMW ActiveHybrid 5

It was only yesterday when we reported that the X6 ActiveHybrid from BMW will be discontinued and now we learn that a new model with the ActiveHybrid badge will be launched, based on the 5-Series. Set to go on sale in March 2012, the first hybrid version of the 5-Series will be for the 535i.

BMW ActiveHybrid 5

The car will be motivated by a 3.0-liter TwinPower 6-cylinder engine that develops 300 hp and has an electric drive system plus an 8-speed automatic transmission. That electric motor is capable of delivering 55 hp and 155 lb.-ft.

BMW ActiveHybrid 5

With a total output of 335 hp and up to a peak torque of 330 lb.-ft, the BMW ActiveHybrid 5 is able to do the 0-62 mph sprint in 5.7 seconds which is just about the same as the 535i sedan that has 300 hp and is able to return 30 mpg on the highway. We don’t know the mpg figure of the AH 5 at this moment.

BMW ActiveHybrid 5

We do know that the German engineers have fitted the car with a lithium-ion battery that is able to store enough juice to provide an all-electric driving range of up to 2.5 miles at an average speed of 22 mph. The ActiveHybrid 5 benefits from an ECO PRO mode that can switch off the combustion power unit while driving at speeds of up to 100 mph for improving fuel efficiency.

BMW ActiveHybrid 5

Let’s just hope that this one won’t have the same fate as the X6 ActiveHybrid.

BMW ActiveHybrid 5

Source: BMW via Carscoop

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BMW Updates 5-Series Lineup

Those of you who live in Europe will be able to buy starting with this fall the 5-Series fitted with BMW’s all-new turbocharged 4-cylinder 2.0-liter gasoline engine that will be offered in two variants: in the first configuration (520i model) it outputs 184 hp and has a peak torque of 199 lb.-ft (270 Nm) while in the other one (528i model) it generates 245 hp and 258 lb.-ft (350 Nm) of torque.

The BMW 520i Sedan can do the 0-62 mph sprint in 7.9 seconds when fitted with the manual gearbox and 0.1 slower with the automatic transmission. The Touring needs 8.3 seconds (8.4 with automatic). The top speed for the sedan is 141 mph (227 km/h) with the manual and 140 mph (226 km/h) with the automatic, while the maximum speed for the Touring is 137 mph (220 km/h) both manual & automatic transmissions.

The sedan has a fuel consumption of 6.8 – 7.0 liters / 100 km and CO2 emissions of 157 – 163 g/km.

Moving on, the more powerful 528i Sedan needs 6.2 seconds to reach 62 mph from start when equipped with the manual gearbox and 6.3 when fitted with the automatic unit, while the Touring will do it in 6.4 seconds (manual) / 6.6 seconds (automatic). The sedan has a top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h) while the Touring can reach 152 mph (244 km/h), regardless of the chosen gearbox.

The BMW 528i Sedan consumes 6.8 – 7.1 liters / 100 km and has CO2 emissions of 159 – 165 g/km.

Clients can also opt for the 520i EfficientDynamics Edition which is powered by a 4-cylinder, 2.0-liter diesel engine that produces 184 hp and has a peak torque of 280 lb.-ft (380 Nm). Its fuel consumption is 4.5 liters / 100 km and CO2 emissions stand at only 119 g/km.

The new model year brings 13 hp to the 525d model as it now produces 218 hp @ 4,400 rpm and has a peak torque of 332 lb.-ft (450 Nm). The 530d also gains 13 hp for a grand total of 258 hp @ 4,000 rpm and a peak torque of 398 lb.-ft (540 Nm). The 6-cylinder diesel in the 535d has been updated and it now produces 313 hp and 465 lb.-ft (630 Nm), available between 1,500 and 2,500 rpm.

With the new model year, BMW offers its all-wheel drive system to more models from the 5-Series lineup, the latest additions being the 525d xDrive, 528i xDrive, 530 xDrive, 535 xDrive, 535d xDrive and the 550i xDrive, along with the introduction of a new 550i Touring model, fitted with a V8 engine that churns out 407 hp.

All the models will be available as standard with BMW’s Driving Experience Control switch that allows the driver to customize the response of the engine, the accelerator, along with the power steering settings. Also as standard, all 5-Series models now benefit from the stop/start system, Dynamic Stability Control while the models fitted with an automatic gearbox get four modes: Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Eco Pro.

This fall, the German automaker will launch the M sport package for the awful-looking 5-Series GT which will feature an aero kit that consists of new front and rear bumpers, 19-inch wheels (20-inch rims are optional), dark chrome tailpipes, sport seats, a lowered M suspension and new trim and steering wheel.

Source: BMW via Carscoop

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Japanese Tuner Wald Does The 5-Series And The CLS

Wald 2011 BMW 5-Series

Another tuning program has been revealed (sort of) at the beginning of this week is for the 2011 BMW 5-Series. Developed by the Japanese tuner Wald, the first images of their new personalization package tells us about how the exterior will look. Their new bodykit gives the 5-Series a wide, low down look, along with a new set of cool exhaust tips.

Wald 2011 BMW 5-Series

The wide bodykit consists of extended wheel arches, a roof spoiler, side skirts, rear apron and a boot lid lip. In the front, we notice the fresh design of the apron, with generous air intakes and integrated LED daytime running lights. From the looks of these pictures, this 5-Series seems to be a little bit closer to the ground, which means that the tuning program will also feature a custom suspension system.

Wald 2011 Mercedes CLS

Moving on, we find the customization program for the 2011 Mercedes CLS. Just like with the 5-Series, they didn’t reveal any information about what to expect. But, we do find out about how the car’s exterior will look. The new bodykit comes with a redesigned front spoiler that got bigger air intakes, and the trademark AMG side fins. They also removed the standard LED daytime running lights that were installed horizontally, and installed their own, vertically-positioned ones.

This bodykit also offers wider wheel arches, new side skirts, along with a set of rims that will be finished in dark grey / black.

More information about both tuning programs should be revealed in the weeks to come. Stay tuned.

Source: Wald

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Geneva 2011 – Kelleners BMW 5 Series M Sports Package

Kelleners BMW 5 Series M Sports Package

At the 81st edition of the Geneva Motor Show, Kelleners Sports revealed its tuning kits for the BMW 5-Series with the M sports package. The German tuner offers a new aerodynamic kit, performance upgrades, suspension tuning along with an updated interior look.

Kelleners BMW 5 Series M Sports Package

Let’s start with the power. For the BMW 520d model, they’ve upped the power from 180 hp (183 PS / 135 kW) and 280 lb.-ft (380 Nm) of torque to 215 hp (218 PS / 160 kW) and 332 lb.-ft (450 Nm) of torque. For the 535i model, the engine’s output has been increased from the standard 300 hp (306 PS / 225 kW) and 295 lb.-ft (400 Nm) of torque to 360 hp (367 PS / 270 kW) and 354 lb.-ft (480 Nm) of torque.
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Geneva 2011 – Alpina BMW B5 Bi-Turbo Touring

Alpina BMW B5 Bi-Turbo Touring

Those of you that want a fast car, but still need the practicality of an estate, Alpina has exactly what you need, the BMW B5 Bi-Turbo Touring. Based on the latest generation of the 5-Series station wagon version, Alpina tweaked the car’s engine which now produces 507 hp and 516 lb.-ft (700 Nm). This massive bi-turbo V8 engine prepared by them accelerates the B5 from 0-60 mph in 4.8 seconds, before hitting a top speed of 188 mph (303 km/h).
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Geneva Preview – AC Schnitzer 2011 BMW 550i

AC Schnitzer 2011 BMW 550i

AC Schnitzer has announced today that they will be bringing next week at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show their 2011 BMW 550i upgrade program. The car will feature a significant power upgrade to 540 hp (397 kW) and an impressive torque of 750 Nm.

With so much power under the hood, the car will be able to sprint to 60 mph in only 4.5 seconds, onto a top speed of 320 km/h.

We don’t know what changes they brought to the engine, but they will definitely reveal them next week at Geneva so stay tuned.

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2011 B5 Bi-Turbo Touring, Heading To Geneva

2011 B5 Bi-Turbo Touring

BMW Alpina announced that they will be bringing to this year’s Geneva Motor Show, the 2011 B5 Bi-Turbo Touring, based on the BMW F10 5-Series. It is going to be the wagon variant of the already available B5 Bi-Turbo sedan and the specifications should be just about the same.

2011 B5 Bi-Turbo Touring

The model will feature a V8 twin-turbo 4.4-liter engine that will develop 500 hp (507 PS / 373 kW) and 516 lb.-ft (700 Nm) of torque. The power unit will be mated to an 8-speed ZF SWTICH-TRONIC automatic transmission.

2011 B5 Bi-Turbo Touring

According to Auto Bild, the wagon will reach 60 mph in 4.8 seconds, 0.1 more in comparison to the sedan version. The B5 Bi-Turbo will be able to hit a top speed of 186 mph (300 km/h), while the sedan can reach 191 mph (307 km/h).

As far as fuel economy is concerned, the wagon version will do 10.9 liters / 100 km, in comparison to 10.8 liters / 100 km for the sedan version.

More information will be revealed next week at Geneva. Stay tuned.

Source: AutoBild via WCF

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Hamann 2011 BMW 5 Series M Sport Now Available

Hamann 2011 BMW 5 Series M Sport

There is good news and bad news about the Hamann 2011 BMW 5 Series M Sport. The good news is that the car features an aerodynamics package that has a competition front spoiler which will increase the downforce on the front axle, a new rear bumper insert, a roof spoiler, a rear spoiler as well as a new front bumper and side skirts.

The bad news is that Hamann did not include any performance upgrades to the 5 Series. However, most likely they will offer one in the months to come as we know how much they love bimmers.

Hamann 2011 BMW 5 Series M Sport

Getting back to this package, the car now rolls on 21-inch light alloy rims with 255/30 ZR21 tires for the front wheels and 295/25 ZR21 out in the back. In addition, the car is now 35 mm lower thanks to the new suspension and it has a new rear silencer with four tail pipes.

Inside the cabin, Hamann offers a bunch of carbon fiber trim parts, aluminum pedals as well as a specially designed sports steering wheel with an airbag.

Hamann 2011 BMW 5 Series M Sport

We’ll let you know once they reveal a proper tuning program for this more than proper car.

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Kelleners 2011 BMW 5-Series Revealed

Kelleners 2011 BMW 5-Series

This week the guys over at Kelleners released their new body kit for the 2011 BMW 5-Series, along with a couple of light alloy rims. In addition, they will also offer a power boost which will add 20% more ponies in comparison with the standard car. To put it into figures, the car will develop 367 hp / 480 Nm instead of the regular 306 hp / 400 Nm.

The aerodynamics package includes a stainless steel mesh, a front spoiler lip, side skirts as well as a new rear spoiler that has an integrated diffuser. The new exhaust system comes with oval 225 x 90 mm stainless steel pipes and the car is now 30mm lower thanks to the modifications brought to the suspension.

Kelleners 2011 BMW 5-Series

The 5-Series now rolls on 9×20-inch rims in the front and 10×20-inch wheels at the back, covered by 255/35 and 2850/30 tires.

Inside the cabin, you’ll find polished aluminum pedals and footrests, “midnight black” leather with white stitching upholstery along with other various trim elements.

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BMW recalls 5 Series and 5 Series GT over fuel tank sensor problem

BMW recalls 5 Series and 5 Series GT over fuel tank sensor problem

If you thought that luxury carmakers are safe from the recall epidemic, then think again, as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has just announced that BMW will be issuing a recall for certain 2010 and 2011 5 Series and 5 Series Gran Turismo models.

It seems that the fuel tank sensor, which detects how much fuel you have in the tank, might become wedged, and will display an inaccurate reading. As such, you might be thinking you’ve got a full tank, but most likely you’re running on fumes.

6,080 vehicles are affected by this recall, all manufactured between January 12 to July 1, 2010. BMW has yet to reveal what fix it will implement, but as soon as it finds it, owners will be notified. Until then, you can contact the German company at 1-800-525-7417.

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2011 BMW 5 Series M Sport package leaked once more


A few weeks ago, we were treated with a set of blurry brochure scans, depicting the M Sport package that will be available for the 2011 BMW 5 Series.

Now, thanks to the guys at 5Post.com, a batch of quality photos with the accessories package has been revealed.

As you can see above and below, the M Sport package for the 2011 BMW 5 Series does bring a few changes to the design of the new 5er. New lower air inlets, a restyled front bumper and new side skirts were added.


A subtle rear decklid spoiler also makes an appearance, completing the revised rear fascia, while an upgraded suspension setup makes the 2011 5 Series even more imposing. Customers can choose between two new wheel designs, measuring both 18 and 19-inches.

On the inside, the M Sport steering wheel is present, as is a set of unique seats. A few M badges also decorate the cabin.

Expect BMW to reveal the official details and pricing of the 2011 5 Series’ M Sport package in the following weeks.

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2011 BMW 5 Series sold out worldwide


At the end of 2009, BMW revealed the 2011 5 Series sedan, a model which it hoped would guarantee big sales in the mid-size premium segment.

We’re pretty sure though that no one at the Bavarian HQ had any idea just how popular the new model would be, as it has just been revealed that the 2011 BMW 5 Series has been sold out worldwide. Those who still want to get their hands on a new car need to join four-month waitings lists.

“The 5-series is at the core of the BMW brand and we knew it was going to be a very strong vehicle for us,” said BMW’s sales and marketing director, Ian Robertson.

With the 5 Series Touring also revealed in Europe, plus the M Sport package incoming, not to mention the next M5 which has seen a lot of rumors, you can be sure that new 5 Series models will continue to sell like hot cakes for quite some time.

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2011 BMW 5 Series M Sport package leaked


The 2011 BMW 5 Series is by far the Bavarian company’s biggest bet this year.

We’ve already seen the sedan in late 2009 and the new Touring (aka wagon) variant be revealed for Europe. Throw in the long wheelbase edition made exclusively for the Chinese market and things are already pretty clear.

Now, thanks to BimmerToday, we get to check out the M Sport accessories package, which will be available for the 2011 5 Series.

As you can see above, the package is showcased on the 5 Series Touring, but rest assured as most of its features will be making their way onto the sedan, that will be launched in the USA.


The M Sport accessories package includes a restyled front fascia, with a more aggressive look and enlarged air vents, new side skirts but also a rear diffuser. On the inside, you can find a three-spoke multi-function steering wheel, as well as a special gear shifter and new options plus all the M badges you could want.

No word yet on whether or not mechanical or performance upgrades are included in the M Sport package, but more will be known once the kit is revealed by BMW.

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