BMW 5 Series (E60)

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BMW 5 Series (E60/E61)
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Overview
Manufacturer BMW
Production 2003–2010
Assembly Dingolfing, Germany
Chennai, India
Rayong, Thailand
6th of October City, Egypt[1][2]
Shenyang, China[3]
Kaliningrad, Russia[4]
Jakarta, Indonesia
Designer Davide Arcangeli
Karl John Elmitt (M5)
Body and chassis
Class Executive car (E)
Body style 4-door saloon
5-door estate
Layout FR layout
F4 layout (xi / xd models)
Related BMW 6 Series (E63)
BMW X5 (E70)
Powertrain
Engine Petrol:
2.0 L N46 I4 NA
2.2 - 3.0 L M54 I6 NA
2.5 - 3.0 L N53 I6 NA
3.0 L N54 I6 turbo
4.0 - 4.8 L N62 V8 NA
5.0 L S85 V10 NA
Diesel:
2.0 L M47 I4 turbo
2.0 L N47 I4 turbo
2.5 - 3.0 L M57 I6 turbo
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,890 mm (114 in)
3,028 mm (119 in) (LWB)
Length 4,840 mm (191 in)
4,981 mm (196 in) (LWB)
Width 1,850 mm (73 in)
Height 1,470–1,490 mm (58–59 in)
Curb weight 1,530–1,840 kg (3,370–4,060 lb)
Chronology
Predecessor BMW 5 Series (E39)
Successor BMW 5 Series (F10)

The BMW E60/E61 series is the fifth generation of the BMW 5 Series, which was sold from 2003 to 2010. The body styles of the range are:

The E60/E61 introduced various new electronic features to the 5 Series, including iDrive, head-up display, active cruise control, active steering and voice control. The E60/61 also was the first 5 Series to be available with a turbocharged petrol engine, a 6-speed automatic transmission and regenerative braking. New safety features for the E60/E61 included adaptive headlights, night vision, active headrests, Lane Departure Warning and high intensity emergency brake lights. Unlike the three previous generations of 5 Series[5][6] and the F10 successor,[7] the E60/E61 centre console is not angled towards the driver.

The E60/E61 was replaced by the F10/F11 5 Series in 2010.

The M5 variant was released in 2005 and is powered by the S85 V10 engine. It was sold in the sedan and wagon body styles, with most cars using a 7-speed automated manual transmission ("SMG III").

Development and launch[edit]

The development programme for the E60 began in 1997, concluding in 2002. The lead designer was Boyke Boyer.[citation needed] The final design, developed by Davide Arcangeli (d. 2002) under BMW Design Director Chris Bangle,[8][9] was approved in 2000 and German design patents filed on April 16, 2002.[10]

The sedan was launched on July 5, 2003 in Europe and in October 2003 in North America.[11][12][13] In late 2004, the estate was introduced.

The E60 was the first BMW product below the BMW 7 Series (E65) flagship to offer the iDrive control system, which integrated entertainment, climate, communications, and vehicle settings into one unit with a color LCD display screen mounted at the top center of the dashboard, and a control dial located near the transmission gear lever or shifter. A smaller unit was introduced that offered all of the features of the larger iDrive unit except for GPS navigation capabilities.

Body styles[edit]

The E60 body was made using aluminium for the front of the car, and steel for the passenger cabin and rear. This resulted in a 50:50 weight distribution.[14]

Equipment[edit]

E60 head-up display
Interior (pre-facelift)

Features available in the E60 initially included iDrive (first introduced in the E65 7 Series), active cruise control, voice control,[6] Bi-Xenon headlights, run-flat tyres, active width adjustment seats,[5] active anti-roll bars[15] and active steering.[9] Safety-related items include Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), head-up display,[16] adaptive headlights, night vision and active headrests.

Over the E60's lifespan, the following features were added: a simplified iDrive interface,[17] Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go,[18] LED rear lights,[19] Lane Departure Warning[6] and Brake Force Display.

The E60 had many entertainment features for its time, such as an optional Harman Kardon Logic 7 premium amplified Surround Sound audio system with multi-band graphical equalizer, optional HD Radio, optional Satellite Radio, an optional auxiliary audio input jack (standard starting with the 2008 model year, optional USB integration for mobile devices, an optional glove compartment-mounted multi-disc CD changer unit, standard MP3 reading capabilities for the CD player, standard voice control, standard Bluetooth hands-free wireless telephone integration, and an A/M-F/M with standard Weather Radio (Weather Band) tuner.

Every E60 featured BMW Assist with an SOS button located in the overhead control panel. However, older E60 vehicles equipped with AMPS cellular technology (or older GSM digital cellular technology) ceased to function after 2016. E60 owners with affected vehicles could have the system upgraded with modernized equipment, or receive a credit for their currently active BMW Assist services.

Finally, in 2005, the E60 introduced BMW's Comfort Access keyless entry system. The Comfort Access system became standard equipment on all E60s beginning in mid-2006, though a traditional key fob with integrated key and traditional ignition system was available as well in early E60 models.


Drivetrain[edit]

Available transmissions are:

All-wheel drive (called xDrive) was available for the 525xi, 528xi, 530xi, 535xi, 525xd and 530xd models.

Models[edit]

Petrol engines[edit]

Model Years Engine Power Torque
520i 2003-2005 M54B22 125 kW (168 bhp)
@ 6250 rpm
210 N⋅m (155 lb⋅ft)
@ 3500 rpm
520i 2007-2010 N43B20OL 125 kW (168 bhp)
@ 6700 rpm
210 N⋅m (155 lb⋅ft)
@ 4250 rpm
523i 2005-2007 N52B25 130 kW (174 bhp)
@ 5800 rpm
230 N⋅m (170 lb⋅ft)
@ 3500 rpm
523i 2007-2010 N53B25UL 140 kW (188 bhp)
@ 6100 rpm
240 N⋅m (177 lb⋅ft)
@ 3500 rpm
525i 2003-2005 M54B25 140 kW (188 bhp)
@ 6000 rpm
237 N⋅m (175 lb⋅ft)
@ 3500 rpm
525i 2005-2007 N52B25 160 kW (215 bhp)
@ 6500 rpm
250 N⋅m (184 lb⋅ft)
@ 2750 rpm
525i 2007-2010 N53B30UL 160 kW (215 bhp)
@ 6100 rpm
270 N⋅m (199 lb⋅ft)
@ 2400 rpm
528i 2007-2010 N52B30 169 kW (227 bhp)
@ 6500 rpm
270 N⋅m (199 lb⋅ft)
@ 2750 rpm
530i 2003-2005 M54B30 170 kW (228 bhp)
@ 5900 rpm
300 N⋅m (221 lb⋅ft)
@ 3500 rpm
530i 2005-2007 N52B30 190 kW (255 bhp)
@ 6600 rpm
300 N⋅m (221 lb⋅ft)
@ 2500 rpm
530i 2007-2010 N53B30OL 200 kW (268 bhp)
@ 6700 rpm
320 N⋅m (236 lb⋅ft)
@ 2750 rpm
535i 2007-2010 N54B30 225 kW (302 bhp)
@ 5800 rpm
400 N⋅m (295 lb⋅ft)
@ 1300-5000 rpm
540i 2005-2010 N62B40 225 kW (302 bhp)
@ 6300 rpm
390 N⋅m (288 lb⋅ft)
@ 3500 rpm
545i 2003-2005 N62B44 245 kW (329 bhp)
@ 6100 rpm
450 N⋅m (332 lb⋅ft)
@ 3600 rpm
550i 2005-2010 N62B48TÜ 270 kW (362 bhp)
@ 6300 rpm
490 N⋅m (361 lb⋅ft)
@ 3400 rpm
M5 2005-2010 S85B50 373 kW (500 bhp)
@ 7750 rpm
520 N⋅m (384 lb⋅ft)
@ 6100 rpm

Diesel engines[edit]

Model Years Engine Power Torque
520d 2005-2007 M47D20 120 kW (161 bhp)
@ 4000 rpm
350 N⋅m (258 lb⋅ft)
@ 1750-3000 rpm
520d 2007-2010 N47D20 130 kW (174 bhp)
@ 4000 rpm
350 N⋅m (258 lb⋅ft)
@ 1750-2500 rpm
525d FE 2004-2007 M57TU2D25 120 kW (161 bhp)
@ 4000 rpm
400 N⋅m (295 lb⋅ft)
@ 2000 rpm
525d 2004-2007 M57TU2D25 130 kW (174 bhp)
@ 4000 rpm
400 N⋅m (295 lb⋅ft)
@ 2000 rpm
525d 2007-2010 M57TU2D30UL 145 kW (194 bhp)
@ 4000 rpm
400 N⋅m (295 lb⋅ft)
@ 1300-3250 rpm
530d 2003-2005 M57TUD30 160 kW (215 bhp)
@ 4000 rpm
500 N⋅m (369 lb⋅ft)
@ 2000 rpm
530d 2005-2007 M57TUD30 170 kW (228 bhp)
@ 4000 rpm
500 N⋅m (369 lb⋅ft)
@ 1750 rpm
530d 2007-2010 M57TU2D30OL 173 kW (232 bhp)
@ 4000 rpm
500 N⋅m (369 lb⋅ft)
@ 1750-3000 rpm
535d 2004-2007 M57TUD30 200 kW (268 bhp)
@ 4400 rpm
560 N⋅m (413 lb⋅ft)
@ 2000-2250 rpm
535d 2007-2010 M57TU2D30TOP 210 kW (282 bhp)
@ 4400 rpm
580 N⋅m (428 lb⋅ft)
@ 1750-2250 rpm

M5[edit]

Front
Rear

The E60 M5 is powered by the BMW S85 4,999 cc (305 cu in) V10 engine. Revving to 8250 rpm, the engine produced 373 kW (500 bhp) at 7750 rpm and 520 N⋅m (384 lb⋅ft) at 6100 rpm.[20][21] The official 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) time is 4.7 seconds.[22]

Most cars were sold with a 7-speed automated manual transmission ("SMG III"), however a 6-speed manual was also available in some markets.

Alpina B5[edit]

B5 S

Introduced in February 2005 the petrol engined Alpina B5 and B5 S were built as sedans and wagons based on the E60 using the 4.4 L N62B44 V8 from the 545i With a centrifugal supercharger added bringing the power to 368 kW (500 PS; 493 hp).[23] for the B5 and 390 kW (530 PS; 523 hp) for the B5 S respectively. The B5 was available exclusively with an Alpina tuned six-speed automatic transmission (6HP26) with "Switch-Tronic".

E63/E64 6 Series[edit]

BMW E64 645i

The second generation (2003-2010) 6 Series coupe and convertible models use a shortened version of the E60 platform.

Special models[edit]

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.[24]

The vehicle was unveiled in 2005 Frankfurt Motor Show.[25] 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.[24]

BMW 5 Series Security[edit]

The 5 Series Security is an armored version of the 5 Series sedan with a 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, body columns, and front wall to the footwell and back wall, polyethylene protective mats in the areas of the doors, 22mm thick polycarbonate coating and multi-layered glass compound window, an electronics box in the engine compartment protected by aramid, optional xenon headlamps and Adaptive Headlight, optional Night Vision with 300 metres range, optional rear view camera, an intercom system and an attack alarm.

Earlier models include the BMW 530i Security and BMW 550i Security.[26]

Long-wheelbase sedan (China only)[edit]

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 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.[27]

Safety[edit]

section view- side
section view- front

Initially the 5 Series received a three-star rating for adult occupants.[28] 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.[29]

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.[30][31] 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[32]
Adult Occupant: 4/5 stars
Child Occupant: 4/5 stars
Pedestrian: 1/4 stars
2008 sedan NHTSA scores[33]
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

Model year updates[edit]

2007 facelift[edit]

The LCI (Life Cycle impulse) model was released 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 and the switch from DVD to hard disk based storage.[34] Mechanically, the 5 Series gained the new engines and transmissions from the E70 X5.

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,[16] night vision,[17] head-up display and Brake Force Display. The E60 LCI was the first BMW to feature regenerative braking.[18]

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]

Pre-facelift styling

Post-facelift styling

Production[edit]

Units sold according to BMW's annual reports.[35]

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.[36]

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