The BMW 5 Series is classified as an executive mid-size luxury car which first appeared on the market in 1972. This car is currently in its sixth generation and is available in both sedan and touring body styles. The 5 Series is BMW’s second best-selling model, with the 3 Series being number one and accounting for nearly half of this auto maker’s annual profits. This series got its name from being the fifth in a whole new series of vehicles following the V-8 as well as the Isetta era, replacing the four-door New Class sedans.
The E12 5-series was first manufactured in 1972 and production was ended in 1981, though these vehicles were still sold in South Africa until 1984. This particular model is the very first series in the 5 Series and was initially designed as a replacement for the very popular New Class mid-size sedan. These models were significantly smaller in size compared to the much larger BMW E3, but still larger than the two-door models which came out in 2002. The first generation of this model had a body that was influenced heavily by the Bertone 1970 BMW Garmisch 2002ti, which first appeared in Geneva at a car show.
The BMW E28 falls under the second generation of the 5-Series and was first manufactured in 1981, but by 1988 production had come to a grinding halt. There were numerous style changes which occurred around this time, including heavily revised headlights, a thicker rubber bumper, and certain mechanical changes, one of which included a six-cylinder diesel engine as well as an automatic transmission. The M5 model line started out with the BMW E28 M5, which used the S38 six-cylinder engine and was launched in 1984.
The BMW E34 made up the third generation in this series and was manufactured in 1988 through 1996, which was by far the longest run of any vehicle in the 5-Series up until that point. This vehicle was widely regarded as being one of the most luxurious and reliable cars in the world and is still viewed as such by many people today. The E34 was also a very safe car with a number of features that protected both driver and passenger from sustaining significant injuries in the event of an accident. Some of the different safety features this car was designed with include 4-wheel anti-lock brakes, airbags, and an overall body structure that effectively protected occupants of the vehicle in a collision.
The current BMW 5 Series in available in four different trim levels, including the base 528i, which uses a turbocharged 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine which is capable of producing up to 241 horsepower as well as 258 pound-feet of torque, which was a fairly impressive accomplishment in and of itself. The 535i provides drivers with a very powerful turbocharged 3.0 liter inline-6 which could produce up to 302 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. There is also the 535d which has a 3.0 liter diesel inline-6 engine that was rated at 225 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque. The last trim level in this series, the 550i, uses a 4.4 liter twin-turbo V8 which is capable of an impressive 443 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque.
Each model in the BMW 5-Series comes with a few standard features, including rear-wheel drive, though all-wheel drive is purely optional. All of these models come with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The current 5 series has quite a few features that come standard with these vehicles, including a sunroof, xenon headlights, power seats, a 10-speaker sound system, Bluetooth, and a variety of other things.