BMW 5 Series (F10)

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BMW 5 Series
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Manufacturer BMW
Production Jan 2010 – Mar 2017
Model years 2011–2017
Assembly Germany: Dingolfing
China: Shenyang (BBA)[1]
Egypt: 6th of October City (BAG)
India: Chennai[2]
Indonesia: Jakarta
Malaysia: Kulim (Inokom)[3]
Mexico: Toluca
Russia: Kaliningrad (Avtotor)
Thailand: Rayong (BGMT)[4][5]
Designer sedan: Jacek Fröhlich[6]
Wagon: Jean-Francois Alexandre Huet[7]
Body and chassis
Class Mid-size luxury / Executive car (E)
Body style 4-door saloon
5-door wagon (estate)
Layout FR layout,
F4 layout (xDrive models)
Related 5 Series Gran Turismo (F07)
Engine Petrol
1.6 - 2.0 L N20 I4 turbo
2.5 - 3.0 L N52 I6 NA
3.0 L N55 I6 turbo
4.4 L N63 V8 turbo
2.0 L N47 I4 turbo
3.0 L N57 I6 turbo
Transmission 6-speed manual
8-speed ZF 8HP automatic
Wheelbase 2,968 mm (116.9 in)
Length sedan: 4,907 mm (193.2 in)
Width 1,860 mm (73.2 in)
Height sedan: 1,464 mm (57.6 in)
Curb weight 3,714 lb (1,685 kg)[8]
Predecessor BMW 5 Series (E60)
Successor BMW 5 Series (G30)[9]

The BMW F10 is the sixth generation of the BMW 5 Series, which debuted in November 2009[10] as the successor to the E60 5 Series. The body styles of the range are:

The F10 was the first 5 Series to be available in a hatchback body style. It was also the first 5 Series to offer a hybrid drivetrain and a dual-clutch transmission (in the M5).

The M5 version was powered by the S63 twin-turbo V8 engine with a 7-speed dual clutch transmission. It was the first M5 to use a turbocharged engine.


2010 BMW 550i interior

The F10 uses a more traditional BMW exterior styling approach compared with the controversial styling of its E60 predecessor. [11] The "Bangle butt" is removed,[12] a Hofmeister kink is present,[13] a traditional kidney grill is used and crease lines are used on the bonnet (similar to the E39 and older 5 Series models).[14] Reviews of the styling have ranged from slightly bland, to handsome and muscular.[11][13][15][16][17] The newer F10 bodystyle takes a back to basics approach with the exterior and features many styling cues from older 5 series designs such as the E34.

The interior features an updated iDrive system[18] and increased space for rear passengers. The F10 saw the return of the centre console being angled towards the driver,[19][20] as used on the E39 and earlier generations of 5 Series. Back seat space is still tight for a car of this size but comfort for all passengers is high and interior quality/fit and finish is top notch.

Chassis and suspension[edit]

The F10 shares a platform with the BMW 7 Series (F01) and has been described as a downsized-7 Series in contrast to its E60 predecessor which was regarded as an upsized 3 Series.[21] Improvements over the E60-generation 5-series include a front dual ball joint short-long arm suspension, and rear multilink suspension, making it more refined but heavier. While the E60 had an aluminum front chassis structure from firewall forward (which provided perfect balance but was expensive to repair), the F10 has returned to the conventional steel monocoque.[22] The 2011 model has a rollover risk of 9.3%.[23] While the F10 still handles quite well for a vehicle of its size, It is very heavy and tuned more to satisfy customers looking for comfort. handling is capable, but more ponderous and far less direct then BMW's of the past and lots of soft body roll at the limit.

Body styles[edit]

Sedan (F10)[edit]

The sedan was the first body style to be released. It was unveiled at the Munich Olympic Stadium in 2009.[24]

Touring (F11)[edit]

The Touring model was unveiled at the 2010 Leipzig Auto Show.[25]

Gran Turismo (F07)[edit]

BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo
BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo

BMW unveiled the 5 Series Gran Turismo in May 2009. It is a crossover vehicle - a blend of coupé and station wagon bodystyles. BMW advertised the 5 Series GT as "The First of its Kind". BMW's N55 was first used in the 5 Series GT.[26][27]

BMW has suggested that the 5 Series GT would replace the 5-Series Touring in their North American lineup, due to slow sales of the E61 Touring in the United States, with only 400 sold in 2009. BMW targeted annual sales of 4000 to 8000 5 Series GTs.[28]

The F07 Gran Turismo shares the same F01 7 Series-derived platform, powertrain, mechanical package, and dashboard with the F10. However the F07's fascia has different headlights and bumper, with a larger split-kidney grille similar to that of the F01 7 Series. The F07 also has a taller height resulting in a higher center of gravity, its longer length allows for more rear legroom, the rear passenger accommodation has optional "Executive" bucket seats for two instead of the three-seat bench, and it weighs 400 pounds (180 kg) more than the F10. The F07 also features frame-less doors and a double-pane liftgate trunk.[29]

The F07 was released before the rest of the sixth generation 5 Series lineup. In Canada and the United States, for the first half of 2010, the Gran Turismo was sold alongside the outgoing E60 5 Series, until the rollout of the F10 in June 2010.[30]

Long wheelbase sedan (F18)[edit]

BMW 520Li (China)

A long wheelbase version of the BMW 5 Series Sedan was developed for the Chinese market, as a cheaper alternative to the 7 Series which is longer and wider. The wheelbase of the F18 is extended by 14 cm (5.5 in) over the standard 5 Series sedan.

The LWB 5 Series was assembled at BMW Plant Shenyang in Shenyang, China plant for the Chinese market.[31]



Petrol engines:[32][33][34][35][36][37]

Model Years Engine code Power Torque
523i (Asia) 2010-2011 N52B25 204 PS (150 kW; 201 hp)@6400 250 N·m (184 lb·ft)@2750
523i (Europe) 2010-2011 N53B30 204 PS (150 kW; 201 hp)@6100 270 N·m (199 lb·ft)@1500-4250
528i (Asia/North America) 2010-2011 N52B30 243 PS (179 kW; 240 hp)@6600 299 N·m (221 lb·ft)@2750
528i (Europe) 2010-2011 N53B30 258 PS (190 kW; 254 hp)@6600 310 N·m (229 lb·ft)@2600-5000
535i 2010-2011 N55B30 306 PS (225 kW; 302 hp)@5800 400 N·m (295 lb·ft)@1200-5000
550i 2010-2011 N63B44 408 PS (300 kW; 402 hp)@5500-6400 600 N·m (443 lb·ft)@1750-4500

Diesel engines:

Model Years Engine code Power Torque
520d 2010-2011 N47D20 190 PS (140 kW; 187 hp)@4000 400 N·m (295 lb·ft)@1750-2750
525d 2010-2011 N57D30 204 PS (150 kW; 201 hp)@4000 450 N·m (332 lb·ft)@1750-2500
530d 2010-2011 N57D30 245 PS (180 kW; 242 hp)@4000 540 N·m (398 lb·ft)@1750-3000
535d 2010-2011 N57D30 306 PS (225 kW; 302 hp)@4400 600 N·m (443 lb·ft)@1500-2500

North American models used the older N52 240 bhp (179 kW; 243 PS) engine in the 528i for 2011 only. Xdrive was not available on the 528i for this year. all 528i models 2012 onwards featured the 2L turbo 4 cylinder N20. In Europe, the N53 direct injection engine is used in 528i and 530i. In most parts of South East Asia, the 2.5-litre naturally aspirated straight-6 gasoline N52T engine is fitted to the 523i, providing the same power output as the 3.0-litre variant at 204 PS (150 kW; 201 hp) but slightly lower torque at 250 N·m (180 lb·ft). Another 2.5-litre straight-six engine is available in China. This engine produces 177 PS (130 kW; 175 hp) and 230 N·m (170 lb·ft) of torque.


Petrol engines[38][39][40]
Model Years Engine code Power Torque
520i 2011- N20B20 184 PS (135 kW)@5200-6250 270 N·m (199 lb·ft)@1250-4500
2013- (available in Greece and Turkey only) N20B16 170 PS (125 kW)@5000 250 N·m (184 lb·ft)@1500-4700
528i 2012- N20B20 245 PS (180 kW)@5000-6500 350 N·m (258 lb·ft)@1250-4800
530i 2011- N53B30 272 PS (200 kW)@6100 310 N·m (229 lb·ft)@1600-4250
535i 2011- N55B30 306 PS (225 kW; 302 hp)@5800 400 N·m (295 lb·ft)@1200-5000
550i 2011- N63B44 450 PS (331 kW)@5500-6400 600 N·m (443 lb·ft)@1750-4500
M5 2012- S63B44TU 560 PS (412 kW)@6000-7000 680 N·m (502 lb·ft)@1500-5700
ActiveHybrid 5 2011- N55B30 306 PS (225 kW)@5800 400 N·m (295 lb·ft)@1200-5000
electric motor 55 PS (40 kW) 210 N·m (155 lb·ft)
combined 340 PS (250 kW) 450 N·m (332 lb·ft)

For the BMW 528i, the N52 inline-six engine was replaced by the turbocharged N20 inline-four engine.

Diesel engines
Model Years Engine code Power Torque
518d[41] 2013-2014 N47D20 143 PS (105 kW) 359 N·m (265 lb·ft)
518d[42] 2014- B47D20 150 PS (110 kW)@4000 361 N·m (266 lb·ft)@1750-2500
520d 2011-2014 N47D20 184 PS (135 kW)@4000 380 N·m (280 lb·ft)@1750-2750
520d[43] 2014- B47D20 193 PS (142 kW)@4000 400 N·m (295 lb·ft)@1750
525d 2011- N47D20 218 PS (160 kW)@4400 450 N·m (332 lb·ft)@1500-2500
530d* 2011- N57D30 258 PS (190 kW)@4000 560 N·m (413 lb·ft)@1500-3000
535d 2011-2012 N57D30T0 306 PS (225 kW)@4400 600 N·m (443 lb·ft)@1500-2500
535d 2011- N57D30TOP 313 PS (230 kW)@4400 630 N·m (465 lb·ft)@1500-2500
M550d xDrive 2012- N57D30S1 381 PS (280 kW)@4000-4400 740 N·m (546 lb·ft)@2000-3000

* North American 535d models used the 6-cylinder engine with 255 hp from the European-specification 530d models hence the 530d european style single exit dual tips rather then dual exit like a typical 35 designated model.


BMW F10 M5
BMW M5 F10 (8694398487).jpg
Production 2011-2017
Model years 2012-2017
Assembly Germany: Dingolfing
Designer Adrian van Hooydonk
Body and chassis
Body style 4-door saloon/sedan
Layout FR layout
Related BMW 5 Series
Engine 4.4L (4395 cc) V8 Twin Turbo
Transmission 7-speed dual clutch transmission
6-speed manual[44]
Wheelbase 2,964 mm (116.7 in)
Length 4,910 mm (193.3 in)
Width 1,892 mm (74.5 in)
Height 1,451 mm (57.1 in)
Kerb weight 1,945 kg (4,288 lb)
Predecessor E60 M5
BMW M5 sedan (Canada)

The F10 M5 was previewed by the BMW Concept M5, which was unveiled at Auto Shanghai in April 2011.[45] The production M5 was unveiled in 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show.[46]

It's powered by BMW's S63tu biturbo 4.4 litre V8, an upgraded version of the unit found in the E70 X5 M and E71 X6 M. The compression ratio was raised and the pistons strengthened to cope with the added boost and compression. Equipped with higher lift camshafts and individual throttle bodies for added response, the engine has higher boost at 22 psi (1.5 bar) compared to the S63 unit found in the X5/X6M. Increasingly stringent international CO2 emissions and fuel consumption regulations are cited as the cause of death of the outgoing model's V10 engine, with the new S63tu engine cutting CO2 emissions by 25%. The engine produces 552 hp (412 kW) and 680 N·m (500 lb·ft) of torque. The engine redlines at 7,200 rpm. Acceleration to 100 kilometres per hour (62 mph) is in 4.0 seconds, and top speed is limited to 250 kilometres per hour (160 mph). This could be increased to 305 kilometres per hour (190 mph) if the M Driver's Package was selected.[47]

The Getrag SMG III single-clutch 7-speed semi-automatic transmission of the E60 M5 was replaced by a seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission with Drivelogic.[48] This is paired with an Active M-Differential with torque vectoring between the rear wheels. In North America, the F10M was available with a 6-speed manual transmission, the only market to be offered this option.[49]

Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres are specified, on standard 19-inch multi-spoke or optional 20-inch split 5-spoke wheels.

The M5 also used an "Active Sound" system that plays a modified engine sound through the car's audio system.[50][51][52]

Alpina models[edit]

Alpina produced two variants of the F10/F11 5 Series, the B5 and D5. Both models received standard Alpina enhancements over the base BMW, including improvements to the engine, transmission, suspension and braking systems.

B5 Bi-Turbo[edit]

The B5 is based on the 550i. All iterations were fitted with Alpina-modified versions of BMW's N63 twin-turbo V8 engine. The original B5, which was unveiled at the 2010 Goodwoood Festival of Speed, produced 373 kW (500 hp) and 700 N·m (520 lb·ft). Alpina unveiled an updated B5 at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. Power had been uprated to 397 kW (532 hp) and torque to 730 N·m (540 lb·ft). During 2015, Alpina sold the B5 Bi-Turbo Edition 50, which marked the company's 50th year in operation. This special edition featured a further enhanced engine which produced 441 kW (591 hp) and 800 N·m (590 lb·ft). The standard B5 received this same engine for the B5's last year of production, 2016.[53][54][55]

D5 Bi-Turbo[edit]

The D5 Bi-Turbo is based on the 535d. It received an Alpina-tuned version of BMW's N57 powerplant. It produced 257 kW (345 hp) and 700 N·m (520 lb·ft).[55]

Special models[edit]

530 Le[edit]

BMW 530 Le

The 530 Le is a plug-in hybrid version of the long wheelbase 5 Series. It was unveiled at the 2014 Guangzhou Auto Show. It was powered by BMW's 160 kW (210 hp) N20 working in conjunction with an electric motor with a maximum output of 70 kW. In pure-electric mode the 530Le can reach a maximum speed of 120 km/h (75 mph) and has a maximum range of 58 km (36 mi). Combined fuel consumption is 2.1 litres/100 km.[56]

ActiveHybrid 5 (2011-)[edit]

2012 BMW ActiveHybrid 5 (USA)

The ActiveHybrid is a hybrid version of the 5 Series based on the 535i Sedan. It was previewed by the BMW Concept 5 Series ActiveHybrid at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show.[57] The production ActiveHybrid 5 features a synchronous electric motor integrated into the housing of the automatic gearbox, saving space. The electric drive system develops 40 kW (54 hp) and 210 N·m (150 lb·ft) of torque available from rest. The motor is supplied with energy by a lithium-ion high-performance battery, likewise specially developed for the BMW ActiveHybrid 5. The high-voltage battery has its own cooling system and offers usable energy capacity of 675 Wh. The integration of the lithium-ion high-performance battery into the luggage area reduces the load capacity of the ActiveHybrid 5 to 375 litres, 145 litres lower than that of a standard 5 Series Sedan. Electric-only mode is active up to 60 km/h (37 mph). It also features "Hybrid Auto Start-Stop" function, coasting mode, and standard Driving Dynamics Control switch with ECO PRO mode, all designed to improve efficiency. BMW claims the ActiveHybrid 5 is capable of an electric-only range of 4 km (2.5 mi).[58]

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rated the 2013 model year ActiveHybrid 5 with a combined fuel economy of 26 mpg‑US (9.0 L/100 km; 31 mpg‑imp), with 23 mpg‑US (10 L/100 km; 28 mpg‑imp) in the city, and 30 mpg‑US (7.8 L/100 km; 36 mpg‑imp) in highway.[59]

M550d xDrive (2012-)[edit]

BMW M550d xDrive

The M550d xDrive is a special high-performance variant of the F10/11 5 Series. Along with the X5 and X6 M50d, it launched the M Performance sub-brand. All three models were first unveiled at the 2012 Geneva International Motor Show[60] The M550d is powered by BMW's N57S engine, a tri-turbocharged inline-6 diesel. This unit produces a maximum of 280 kW (380 hp) and 740 N·m (550 lb·ft), enabling it to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.7s (Touring model: 4.9s). Available in both the sedan and Touring bodystyles, it is fitted exclusively with the ZF 8HP sport automatic transmission.[61]

Modifications were made to the suspension and damping, steering, brake system, suspension control systems and all-wheel drive to enhance the driving experience. Visual cues unique to M550d models include trapezoidal exhausts in dark chrome and both wing mirrors and air-intake bars in "ferric grey". Other 5 series models have wing mirrors in the same colour as the rest of the vehicle. The front fog lamps, standard on all other F10/F11 5 Series models are removed, to make space for additional air-intakes. The door-sill plates bear an "M550d" inscription.

Model year changes[edit]

2012 facelift[edit]

Changes include:[62][63]

  • Introduction of four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engines with twin-scroll turbocharging, VALVETRONIC variable valve timing and Double-Vanos variable camshaft timing
  • New Sedan models include BMW 520d EfficientDynamics Edition, BMW 528i xDrive, BMW 525d xDrive, BMW 535d xDrive.
  • New Touring Models include BMW 528i xDrive, BMW 535i xDrive, BMW 525d xDrive, and BMW 535d xDrive.
  • Driving Experience Control becomes standard on BMW 5 Series Sedan and the BMW 5 Series Touring. On all four- and six-cylinder models, this switch also allows the driver to select ECO PRO mode.
  • Auto Start-Stop function as standard
  • New optional equipment include BMW ConnectedDrive (including the new-generation BMW Head-Up Display, Real-Time Traffic Information and hands-free opening of the tailgate or rear window)
  • From spring 2012, BMW 520d and BMW 520d EfficientDynamics Edition can also be ordered with BMW BluePerformance Technology from spring 2012, which includes additional NOx catalyst storage for EU6 emission standard compliance.

Early Sedan models include 520d, 525d, 520d EfficientDynamics Edition, 520i, 528i. Early Touring models include 520d, 525d, 520i, 528i.

Beginning from spring 2013, the Comfort Package available for the BMW 5 Series Sedan and BMW 5 Series Touring will include automatic climate control with extended features, Park Distance Control (PDC), seat heating and lumbar support for driver and front passenger, automatically dimming rear-view mirror, the ambient light option and the HiFi loudspeaker system.[64]


Euro NCAP[edit]

Euro NCAP test results
BMW 530d, LHD (2010)[65]
Test Points %
Overall: 5 /5 stars
Adult occupant: 34.3 95%
Child occupant: 40.8 83%
Pedestrian: 28 78%
Safety assist: 7 100%

The F10 5 Series received five stars overall in its Euro NCAP test.[66]


In the 2011 5 Series commercial 'Refuel' (produced by Grey West), it reemphasized The Ultimate Driving Machine as the brand's central positioning. The ad features 5 Series sedan and a jet plane.[67]

A BMW M5 is currently used as Nürburgring Ring-Taxi. The Ring-Taxi service featuring the updated model began in April 2012.[68]

For the market launch of the BMW M5 in 2012, several launch clips were released, including a 2-minute short film titled as "Bullet" by BMW Canada[69] and a commercial featuring Urs Inauen and Gavin Patterson driving a M5 in Circuit de l'Anneau Du Rhin.[70] A movie featuring a M5 prototype driving in snow was also produced.[71]


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