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      12-29-2009, 12:18 PM   #1
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Couple more shots of Sophisto Gray 2011 BMW 5-series in Dingolfing (12/29/09)

2011 5-series sightings continue throughout Germany as this Sophisto Gray F10 was just spotted in Dingolfing. Spottings will no doubt continue until the F10 5-series' official public debut at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show next March. Pics courtesy of bimmertoday


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looks like a darker space gray
i like it!
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Does anyone else notice the side profile of the new 7 and 5 series not flowing so well? The entire front part, especially where the fender is, looks too skinny compared to the high roofline and thick rear trunk and bumper. Also, the windshield and the doors start a little too far back and there's too much overhang on the rear wheels. I know it's for safety and handling reasons but it's starting go overboard now.
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Does anyone else notice the side profile of the new 7 and 5 series not flowing so well? The entire front part, especially where the fender is, looks too skinny compared to the high roofline and thick rear trunk and bumper. Also, the windshield and the doors start a little too far back and there's too much overhang on the rear wheels. I know it's for safety and handling reasons but it's starting go overboard now.
I think the angle is a bit off here with wide angle lens. It real life its not like that.

To me actually car looks more and more like our 3 series! I thought previous gen 5 series was ugly at how stretched the wheelbase looked and how short the nose was (almost same as ass on some angles). And wheels were tiny on it. Now they at least dont look too small.
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Does anyone else notice the side profile of the new 7 and 5 series not flowing so well? The entire front part, especially where the fender is, looks too skinny compared to the high roofline and thick rear trunk and bumper. Also, the windshield and the doors start a little too far back and there's too much overhang on the rear wheels. I know it's for safety and handling reasons but it's starting go overboard now.
I've got model cars for all the 2000-era Bimmers. I was looking at the previous E65 compared to the F01, and yes the overhang is reaching MB territory. I thought shorter overhang was good for handling too? From what I understood, shorter overhang meant longer wheelbase in shorter car, and better handling..

I looked at pictures for the F10, and I can't see what you mean by the skinny front though.
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Just before Christmas , several models of the 5er were brought to Munich for the last stage of testing which involves BMW personell driving the cars and submitting them to every day use. You will probably see a lot more of these cars in photographs only the badges are covered.

I am in the UK at the moment in the Hampshire area visting friends before heading north to Scotland for New Year.
You might see a Space Grey 530d if you are in these areas.
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dudes,
I'm in a fix, I have a choice. Either I choose a 4 year old White M5 with a few (i mean, very few) miles on it or I go all out and get one of these 550i's.
Which one do you think I should get !

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^ for better performances take an M5... for a better quality and not so bad performances take the new 550i
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I've got model cars for all the 2000-era Bimmers. I was looking at the previous E65 compared to the F01, and yes the overhang is reaching MB territory. I thought shorter overhang was good for handling too? From what I understood, shorter overhang meant longer wheelbase in shorter car, and better handling..

I looked at pictures for the F10, and I can't see what you mean by the skinny front though.
Sorry, I ment that the far back windshield and doors are for safety and handling reasons. Not the overhanging bumper.

Maybe not skinny...kinda hard to explain. I think the hood is too vertical for too long because everything is being pushed so far back. I think you can notice it more on the 7 series though.
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At first look, I thought that was a 3 series pic1 Nothing against the design of the 5 exterior, but I just wish they were not that afraid of making bold statements. Looks like a replica of the 3. For a the average non expert eye like me, the new 5er is just a larger 3er with a facelift.
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Does anyone else notice the side profile of the new 7 and 5 series not flowing so well? The entire front part, especially where the fender is, looks too skinny compared to the high roofline and thick rear trunk and bumper. Also, the windshield and the doors start a little too far back and there's too much overhang on the rear wheels. I know it's for safety and handling reasons but it's starting go overboard now.
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I've got model cars for all the 2000-era Bimmers. I was looking at the previous E65 compared to the F01, and yes the overhang is reaching MB territory. I thought shorter overhang was good for handling too? From what I understood, shorter overhang meant longer wheelbase in shorter car, and better handling..

I looked at pictures for the F10, and I can't see what you mean by the skinny front though.
I think what he meant was that the front end is low, sleek yet the rear end is quite high and from the mid-section onwards the car is much more muscular and bigger in size. Also, there is a big difference between front/rear overhang.

I actually think the 5 series is much like the old E39 which is perfect and the only thing I would change is the hood detailing that BMW is adding down the middle of the hood. It just looks fussy to me. Apart from that, perfect car.
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Just before Christmas , several models of the 5er were brought to Munich for the last stage of testing which involves BMW personell driving the cars and submitting them to every day use. You will probably see a lot more of these cars in photographs only the badges are covered.

I am in the UK at the moment in the Hampshire area visting friends before heading north to Scotland for New Year.
You might see a Space Grey 530d if you are in these areas.
Does this mean a photoshoot for the UK spec 5 series will be released soon? I'd like to see it in Space Grey.
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I think what he meant was that the front end is low, sleek yet the rear end is quite high and from the mid-section onwards the car is much more muscular and bigger in size. Also, there is a big difference between front/rear overhang.

I actually think the 5 series is much like the old E39 which is perfect and the only thing I would change is the hood detailing that BMW is adding down the middle of the hood. It just looks fussy to me. Apart from that, perfect car.
I agree with you on the hood, and I'd also like to see the BMW emblem moved back to the hood and the hood extended to the grill. BMW seems to be doing this with every car now (E89, F01, F07, F10...)
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Does this mean a photoshoot for the UK spec 5 series will be released soon? I'd like to see it in Space Grey.
No. BMW UK will undertake their own photoshoot which I would guess occur after the New Year. The next photoshoot I am involved with will be the Concept Active Hybrid 5 which will debut at Geneva alongside the production 5er.

The cars are Final production prototypes before the car is signed off for production. These cars are placed in the hands of BMW employees and subjected to every day use and every aspect is logged and submitted to the project team.

Having driven the car from outside of Munich to the UK and now currently in the Scottish highlands the car has coped remarkabley well considering the UK weather and the distance. Cossetting and great to drive The 530d is also exceptionally frugal and is all the car you need. It delivers on all levels you would expect but it has some unexpected surprises to add to the overall experience.
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... The cars are Final production prototypes before the car is signed off for production. These cars are placed in the hands of BMW employees and subjected to every day use and every aspect is logged and submitted to the project team. ...
I suppose it would be a bit late to submit style change at this stage of development? I hope BMW would consider minor tweaks on the bonnet line above headlights. It looks more aggressive and refined from all viewing perspectives (concave down) instead of wavelike curve (concave up). Additionally, the sharp crease next to kidney grill on the nose is not harmonic, it flows better when the crease is closer to the inner side of headlight housing. These should be easy tweaks for BMW's module platform strategy. Hopefully these would be part of changes in LCI if it's late for this production run.

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I DON"T LIKE IT....LOOKS LIKE THE SAME AS 3SERIES E90 SPARKLING GRAPHITE
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I suppose it would be a bit late to submit style change at this stage of development? I hope BMW would consider minor tweaks on the bonnet line above headlights. It looks more aggressive and refined from all viewing perspectives (concave down) instead of wavelike curve (concave up). Additionally, the sharp crease next to kidney grill on the nose is not harmonic, it flows better when the crease is closer to the inner side of headlight housing. These should be easy tweaks for BMW's module platform strategy. Hopefully these would be part of changes in LCI if it's late for this production run.

Here are a few examples: (photochop on top, original on bottom for comparison)
Help! I have been staring at these photos for 10 minutes, cant tell the difference
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I think that shape of the hood is for pedestrian safety. Same thing is on the new models of Peugeot, Renault, Opel and others...
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No. BMW UK will undertake their own photoshoot which I would guess occur after the New Year. The next photoshoot I am involved with will be the Concept Active Hybrid 5 which will debut at Geneva alongside the production 5er.
When we can expect more photos and videos from F10 ? Detroit Motos Show on Jan 2010 ?

Recently no new updates (videos or photos) appearing on BMW web sites.
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thats not QUITE a reply, you know, but which one should I get, really !
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