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Josh (PA)
10-17-2002, 10:28 AM
http://autoweek.com/images_content/2002_10/bmwsilver1.jpg

This one from autoweek, here's the article:


5 spied! Fifth-generation BMW 5 Series to likely bow next summer in U.S.



Due in the States next summer as a 2004 model, the fifth-generation 5 Series will likely bow at the Geneva motor show in March with a new 380-hp, twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder. Other engines slated for the 5 include a turbo 2.0-liter inline four and naturally aspirated versions of BMWs 2.2-, 2.5- and 3.0-liter inline sixes. A 3.6-liter V8 and 4.5-liter V8 already offered in the 7 Series also will be available.
Underneath, the 5 Series chassis uses lightweight hybrid construction borrowed from the Z8 and upcoming Rolls-Royce. The chassis incorporates an aluminum space frame with extensive use of aluminum suspension bits to keep weight below the 3500-lb 02 model.

The next 5 may not carry all of the 7s design cues, but it will come with much of the high-tech range-toppers hardware. Shared pieces include steering that corrects for high cross winds and heavy braking, automatic damping and dynamic stability controls, along with a less complex (read: not a Windows-software based) iDrive device and screen for managing onboard systems

Jetfire
10-17-2002, 11:58 AM
Originally posted by Josh (PA)
http://autoweek.com/images_content/2002_10/bmwsilver1.jpg

The chassis incorporates an aluminum space frame with extensive use of aluminum suspension bits to keep weight below the 3500-lb 02 model.


Now that picture is a little better, but I'm still not a fan of the pointy turn signals. The weight claim sounds great, though. I will definitely want to drive one when it arrives.

Closer
10-17-2002, 12:04 PM
Actually thats one of the better "spy" pics Ive seen. However, it still looks like a cross between an Accord and a Pontiac :)

Closer
10-17-2002, 01:07 PM
here are some more pics I found on the fanatics board...

Closer
10-17-2002, 01:09 PM
:eeps:

JPinTO
10-17-2002, 05:51 PM
Looks like a 9-5 here:

http://www.bimmerfest.com/members/Alex/e601.jpg

http://www.bimmerfest.com/members/Alex/e602.jpg

JPinTO
10-17-2002, 05:56 PM
Pretty funny comments here:

http://bimmer.roadfly.org/bmw/forums/e46/forum.php?postid=1228114

Alex Baumann
10-18-2002, 07:34 AM
It looks to me that the body is completed. Now, they are working on the technical stuff.


http://www.aryeh.com/bmwblack5.jpghttp://www.aryeh.com/bmwblack4.jpg

JPinTO
10-18-2002, 08:57 AM
Originally posted by Alex Baumann
It looks to me that the body is completed. Now, they are working on the technical stuff.


http://www.aryeh.com/bmwblack5.jpghttp://www.aryeh.com/bmwblack4.jpg

That better be body cladding still on those pics... because it is a very saggy butt looking vehicle. Without the Roundel on the rear, it is indistinguishable from a Chevy/Pontiac product. :thumbdwn:

Alex Baumann
10-18-2002, 09:28 AM
Originally posted by JPinTO


That better be body cladding still on those pics... because it is a very saggy butt looking vehicle. Without the Roundel on the rear, it is indistinguishable from a Chevy/Pontiac product. :thumbdwn:

And that being said, I fear that it's true with those rear lights curving up to the rear fenders :eeps: :(

JPinTO
10-18-2002, 10:33 AM
Originally posted by Alex Baumann


And that being said, I fear that it's true with those rear lights curving up to the rear fenders :eeps: :(

Yep... rear eyebrows! Bangle seems to be changing the BMW design paradigm to include eyebrows everywhere. Where will they show up next??

On the bright side, I guess it will be another car that I have zero desire to have... so that's a good thing.

ChrisTO
10-19-2002, 04:04 PM
again i ask...where is the petition to oust Bangle?

gr8330
10-20-2002, 09:14 PM
Originally posted by JPinTO


Yep... rear eyebrows! Bangle seems to be changing the BMW design paradigm to include eyebrows everywhere. Where will they show up next??

On the bright side, I guess it will be another car that I have zero desire to have... so that's a good thing.



:thumbup:

I'll wait untill March or April to make sure, and if this is still the new 5, I will order an e39.
I still have a problem with the new 7.

Dan
10-21-2002, 04:39 AM
Yeecchhh! A Pontiac front end grafted on to an unattractive, slab-sided body, a greenhouse that looks like it came off a Chevy Malibu and an ugly ass. Way to go Bangle.

JakeC
10-21-2002, 07:22 AM
Lets make a little comparision:
front:
e39:
http://www.bmwnation.com/images/gallery/5/e39/e39_528i_01_s.jpg
e60:
http://www.aryeh.com/bmwblack1.jpg

Looks veeery different, but:

rear:
e39:
http://www.bmw.com/common/images/downloads/5er/sedan/5_ser_seda_download_02.jpg
e60:
http://www.aryeh.com/bmwblack5.jpg

I think the rear has a same look.

Jetfire
10-21-2002, 08:00 AM
The rears are close, but not really the same. The E60 looks like a "stylized" E39, which may or may not be better than the original.

SoonerE39
11-04-2002, 10:21 AM
Nothing that cant be fixed by AC Schnitzer or Hartge add on's
:thumbup: