BMW 5 Series (E60)

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BMW 5-Series (E60/E61)
BMW 530i (E60) Facelift 20090615 front.JPG
Manufacturer BMW
Production 2003–2010
Assembly Dingolfing, Germany
Chennai, India
Rayong, Thailand
Toluca, Mexico[1]
6th of October City, Egypt[2][3]
Shenyang, China (BMW Brilliance)[4]
Kaliningrad, Russia (Avtotor)[5]
Jakarta, Indonesia (Gaya Motor)
Designer Davide Arcangeli (2000, saloon)[6]
Chris Bangle, Davide Arcangeli (2001, estate)
Body and chassis
Class Mid-size (E) luxury
Body style 4-door saloon
5-door estate
Layout Front-engine, rear-wheel drive layout
Front-engine, four-wheel drive layout
Related BMW 6 Series (E63)
BMW X5 (E70)
Engine 2.0 L N46B20 I4
2.2 L M54B22 I6
2.5 L M54B25 I6
3.0 L M54B30 I6
3.0 L N54B30 twin-turbo I6
4.0 L N62B40 V8
4.4 L N62B44 V8
4.8 L N62B48 V8
5.0 L S85 V10
2.0 L M47TU2D20 turbodiesel I4
2.0 L N47D20 turbodiesel I4
2.5 L M57TUD25 turbodiesel I6
3.0 L M57TUD30 turbodiesel I6
Transmission 6-speed manual
6-speed automatic
6-speed SMG
7-speed SMG
Wheelbase 2,888 mm (113.7 in)
Length 4,841 mm (190.6 in) (saloon)
4,843 mm (190.7 in) (estate)
Width 1,846 mm (72.7 in)
Height 1,468 mm (57.8 in) (saloon)
1,491 mm (58.7 in) (estate)
Curb weight 1,535–1,835 kg (3,384–4,045 lb)
Predecessor BMW 5 Series (E39)
Successor BMW 5 Series (F10)

The BMW 5 Series E60 is a mid-size luxury sports sedan that replaced the BMW 5 series, E39, in 2003. The related E61 platform is used for the station wagon while the BMW M5 variant was one of the highest performance sedans on the market. In March 2010 the E60 and E61 platforms were replaced by the BMW F10 platform.

Initial release[edit]

Alpina B5 (2005-)[edit]

In 2005 Alpina introduced the B5 which is powered by a supercharged 4.4 litre V8 [7] producing 500 hp (373 kW; 507 PS) and 700 N·m (520 lb·ft) of torque. It was available only with 6 speed ZF transmission. Top speed is 314 km/h (195 mph) and 0–100 km/h time is 4.7 seconds, the same as the E60 M5.


The BMW M5 is powered by a 5-litre V10 engine. Revving to 8250 rpm, the engine produced 507 hp (378 kW) at 7750 rpm and 520Nm (383 lb-ft) at 6100 rpm.[citation needed] 0–100 km/h time is 4.7 seconds (although this has proven to be a conservative number. Tests have shown it to be capable of 4.1 seconds with the 6-speed manual and possibly faster with SMG's launch control program) while top speed is limited to 250 km/h (155 mph).

BMW 5 Series Security[edit]

The 5 Series Security is an armoured version of the BMW 5 Series sedan with ballistic protection level B4. It included a choice of 367 PS (270 kW; 362 hp) V8 (from BMW 550i) and 258 PS (190 kW; 254 hp) I6 (from BMW 530i) engines, high-performance fibre composites (aramid, polyethylene) and special-purpose steel reinforced chassis, 21 millimetres thick glass with a polycarbonate layer for the windows.[8]

The vehicle was unveiled in 2005 Frankfurt Motor Show.[9]

BMW 5 Series Authority Vehicle[edit]

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.[10]


The development programme for the E60 began in 1997, concluding in 2003. The final design, penned by Davide Arcangeli under the directorship of Chris Bangle, was approved in 2000 and German design patents filed on April 16, 2002.

Comparison with predecessor[edit]

While its predecessor, the E39, shared many features with the 7 series, the E60 was different to other BMWs in production at the time. The E60 is longer, wider, heavier and higher than the previous model, which translates into more interior and trunk space. The E60 also introduced a different style to the 5-series line with a much rounder body and an interior, while not driver-oriented like in the E39, is flat like in the E65 7-series with an LCD display, basic buttons and the iDrive system.

Aftermarket parts[edit]

The E60 received much acclaim from the automotive community, prompting specialist companies to produce aftermarket parts for it, including copies of M-Sport parts. For example, Hamann, AC Schnitzer, Hartge, and Dinan flooded the market with parts for the E60 which were cheaper than the originals. Furthermore, many after market performance parts were produced for the already swift E60.

Platform derivates[edit]

A derivative of the E60 is the E63/E64 which forms the iteration of the 6 Series coupe. A factory-stretched long-wheelbase version of the E60 5-Series was offered in China, as a response to the Audi A6 L. It offered much of the rear legroom of a large executive saloon (e.g. BMW 7-Series or Mercedes-Benz S-Class), but in a cheaper, simpler model. As of 2009, trim levels included the 520Li, 523Li, 525Li, and 530Li.[citation needed]


BMW 530xi wagon

E60 body was made using aluminium for the front of the car, and steel for the passenger cabin and rear thus making 50:50 weight balance.[11] E60 was available with BMW's xDrive system in 525xi, 528xi, 530xi, 535xi, 525xd and 530xd models.


Its iDrive system has been simplified from the system in the BMW 7 Series (E65). It can be ordered with a full array of options such as active cruise control, head-up display, active steering, and the Harman Kardon Logic7 stereo system. Other available equipment in E60 was Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Voice Control, Adaptive Headlights, BMW Night Vision, Active Headrests, Bi-Xenon headlights, Run-flat tyres and other equipment typical for luxury cars. Equipment in E60 was always upgrading, Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function, Adaptive Headlights, LED rear lights, Lane Departure Warning, Brake Force Display was available few years after the introduction.


Euro NCAP scores[12]
Adult Occupant: 4/5 stars
Child Occupant: 4/5 stars
Pedestrian: 1/4 stars

Initially the 5-series received a three-star rating for adult occupants.[13] 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.[14]

2008 sedan NHTSA scores[15]
Frontal Driver: 3/5 stars
Frontal Passenger: 5/5 stars
Side Driver: 5/5 stars
Side Rear Passenger: 5/5 stars
Rollover: 4/5 stars

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.[16][17] 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.

The rear side of BMW E60
2007–2010 BMW M5 (E60) sedan (Australia)
2007–2010 BMW M5 (E60) sedan (Australia)
Alpina B5 (2005) engine bay


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.[8]

2007 update[edit]

The LCI (Life Cycle improvement) model was released in 2007. This LCI model included a facelift of the front and rear end of the vehicle. This update included a new front bumper, fog lights, headlights, tail lights and trunk. The interior was also slightly remodelled as well and included changes to door handles, position of power window buttons, updated iDrive with shortcut buttons(for late 2008) models, sleeker gear change lever for the auto transmission. Besides these changes, the 5 Series gained new engines, transmission and an updated iDrive from the BMW X5.

Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function, Adaptive Headlights, LED rear lights, Lane Departure Warning, Brake Force Display became available.

BMW Alpina B5 S (2007-2010)[edit]

BMW Alpina B5 S is a version of BMW 550i with 4.4 litre engine with radial compressor, Alpina Sport SWITCH-TRONIC transmission (based on ZF 6HP26 TÜ), electronically controlled adjustable damping (developed with SACHS Race Engineering), 374mm/36mm front and 370mm/24mm rear brake discs with two-piston TEVES floating callipers, drive-by wire shift lever.

B5 S Saloon includes 20-inch wheels with Michelin 245/35 ZR20 front and 285/30 ZR20 rear tyres (optional 19-inch wheels with 245/40 ZR19 front and 275/35 ZR19 rear tyres).

B5 S Touring includes 19-inch wheels, a rear roof spoiler lip.[18]

BMW 5-Series Security[edit]

It is ei armoured version of 5-Series sedan with VR4 ballistic protection level. It included rust-proof chrome-nickel steel at the gaps and borders of the synthetic fibre mats, optional shatter protection element at underbody, aramid mats at roof and the body columns and for the front wall to the footwell and the back wall, polyethylene protective mats in the areas of the doors, chrome-nickel steel protective mats bordering, 22 mm thick polycarbonate coating and multi-layered glass compound window, electronics box in the engine compartment protected by aramid panels, optional xenon headlamps and Adaptive Headlight, optional Night Vision with 300 metres range, optional rear view camera, an intercom system and an attack alarm.

Early models include BMW 530i Security and BMW 550i Security.[19]


Petrol engines
Model Years Type/code Power@rpm, Torque@rpm
520i 2007-2010 1,995 cc (121.7 cu in) I4 (N43B20OL) 170 PS (125 kW; 168 hp)@6700, 210 N·m (155 lb·ft)@4250
523i 2007-2010 2,497 cc (152.4 cu in) I6 (N53B25UL) 190 PS (140 kW; 187 hp)@6100, 240 N·m (177 lb·ft)@3500
525i 2007-2010 2,996 cc (182.8 cu in) I6 (N53B30UL) 218 PS (160 kW; 215 hp)@6100, 270 N·m (199 lb·ft)@2400
525xi 2007-2010 2,996 cc (182.8 cu in) I6 (N53B30UL) 218 PS (160 kW; 215 hp)@6100, 270 N·m (199 lb·ft)@2400
530i 2007-2010 2,996 cc (182.8 cu in) I6 (N53B30OL) 272 PS (200 kW; 268 hp)@6700, 320 N·m (236 lb·ft)@2750
530xi 2007-2010 2,996 cc (182.8 cu in) I6 (N53B30OL) 272 PS (200 kW; 268 hp)@6700, 320 N·m (236 lb·ft)@2750
530i Security 2008?- 2,996 cc (182.8 cu in) I6 (N53B30OL?) 272 PS (200 kW; 268 hp)@?, 315 N·m (232 lb·ft)@?
535i 2007-2010 2,979 cc (181.8 cu in) I6 twin turbo (N54B30) 306 PS (225 kW; 302 hp)@5800, 400 N·m (295 lb·ft)@1300-5000
540i 2007-2010 4,000 cc (240 cu in) V8 (N62B40) 306 PS (225 kW; 302 hp)@6300, 390 N·m (288 lb·ft)@3500
545i 2003-2005 4,395 cc (268.2 cu in) V8 (N62B44) 333 PS (245 kW; 328 hp)@6100, 450 N·m (332 lb·ft)@3600
550i 2007-2010 4,799 cc (292.9 cu in) V8 (N62B48TÜ) 367 PS (270 kW; 362 hp)@6300, 490 N·m (361 lb·ft)@3400
550i Security 2008?- 4,799 cc (292.9 cu in) V8 (N62B48TÜ?) 367 PS (270 kW; 362 hp)@6300, 490 N·m (361 lb·ft)@3400
M5 2007-2010 4,999 cc (305.1 cu in) V10 (S85B50) 507 PS (373 kW; 500 hp)@7750, 520 N·m (384 lb·ft)@6100
ALPINA B5 S 2007-2010 4,395 cc (268.2 cu in) V8 with radial compressor (N62B44) 530 PS (390 kW; 523 hp)@5500, 725 N·m (535 lb·ft)@4750
Diesel engines
Model Years Type/code Power@rpm, Torque@rpm
520d 2005-2007 1,995 cc (121.7 cu in) I4 turbo (N47D20) 163 PS (120 kW; 161 hp)@4000, 350 N·m (258 lb·ft)@1750-3000
520d Edition Fleet 2007-2010 1,995 cc (121.7 cu in) I4 turbo (N47D20) 177 PS (130 kW; 175 hp)@4000, 350 N·m (258 lb·ft)@1750-2500
525d 2007-2010 2,993 cc (182.6 cu in) I6 turbo (M57TU2D30UL) 197 PS (145 kW; 194 hp)@4000, 400 N·m (295 lb·ft)@1300-3250
525xd 2007-2010 2,993 cc (182.6 cu in) I6 turbo (M57TU2D30UL) 197 PS (145 kW; 194 hp)@4000, 400 N·m (295 lb·ft)@1300-3250
530d 2007-2010 2,993 cc (182.6 cu in) I6 turbo (M57TU2D30OL) 235 PS (173 kW; 232 hp)@4000, 500 N·m (369 lb·ft)@1750-3000
530xd 2007-2010 2,993 cc (182.6 cu in) I6 turbo (M57TU2D30OL) 235 PS (173 kW; 232 hp)@4000, 500 N·m (369 lb·ft)@1750-3000
535d 2007-2010 2,993 cc (182.6 cu in) I6 turbo (M57TU2D30TOP) 286 PS (210 kW; 282 hp)@4400, 580 N·m (428 lb·ft)@1750-2250


Units sold according to BMW's annual reports.[20]

Year Total Sedan Touring Note
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

BMW had produced 20,548 M5 with V10 engines, with 19,523 M5 Saloon and 1025 M5 Touring.[21]


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