B-1 Pilot

10-21-2010, 08:09 AM

I've been trying to resolve in my mind a lot of the conflict about the new model that is being expressed here. Put briefly, it appears most roundly agree that in luxury, power, and appointments, the new 5 is superior to all prior iterations, but there is a perceived lack by some of an expected sport 'feel.'

Yesterday, by chance I happened to walk past a 1-series convertible. Seeing it, the first thing I thought of was my first BMW -- a 1990 BMW 325 convertible. And then it dawned on me -- what if the traditional series lines no longer match up like they used to, and we have shifted and are not perfectly aligned, such that no model seems to fit just right. I stated comparing all the series cars from 20 years ago, and performance and size-wise it seems like this:

1990___________________2010

3 series ________________1 series

5 series ________________3 series

7 series________________ 5 series

8 series________________ 6 series

?? _____________________7 series

The fact that my wife's 335 has just as much horsepower as a 7 or 8 series of 20 years ago blows my mind when I think about it. Add in the 6 series, Z cars, SAVs and Ms, and it seems that the BMW line is so large that to hope that each new iteration of a line fits so perfectly into what used to be seems impossible. Look at the bottom of this page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BMW_3_Series and you will see that BMW was only making the 3/5/7/8/m3/m5 in 1990. Today options abound.

I know my example of the 20 year difference doesn't quite match up... a 3 today is not quite a 5 of yesteryear, etc. But I do think this might be at least some of the source of consternation.

i guess it just comes down to what each person wants. For me I want the sporty feel of the 3, but the luxury of the 7. I need a car that is nimble, not just fast, but can seat four adults comfortably. I own a 3 and my best friend has a current model 7... to me from my multiple test drives, the F10 5 strikes that best balance.

Thoughts?

B-1

Yesterday, by chance I happened to walk past a 1-series convertible. Seeing it, the first thing I thought of was my first BMW -- a 1990 BMW 325 convertible. And then it dawned on me -- what if the traditional series lines no longer match up like they used to, and we have shifted and are not perfectly aligned, such that no model seems to fit just right. I stated comparing all the series cars from 20 years ago, and performance and size-wise it seems like this:

1990___________________2010

3 series ________________1 series

5 series ________________3 series

7 series________________ 5 series

8 series________________ 6 series

?? _____________________7 series

The fact that my wife's 335 has just as much horsepower as a 7 or 8 series of 20 years ago blows my mind when I think about it. Add in the 6 series, Z cars, SAVs and Ms, and it seems that the BMW line is so large that to hope that each new iteration of a line fits so perfectly into what used to be seems impossible. Look at the bottom of this page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BMW_3_Series and you will see that BMW was only making the 3/5/7/8/m3/m5 in 1990. Today options abound.

I know my example of the 20 year difference doesn't quite match up... a 3 today is not quite a 5 of yesteryear, etc. But I do think this might be at least some of the source of consternation.

i guess it just comes down to what each person wants. For me I want the sporty feel of the 3, but the luxury of the 7. I need a car that is nimble, not just fast, but can seat four adults comfortably. I own a 3 and my best friend has a current model 7... to me from my multiple test drives, the F10 5 strikes that best balance.

Thoughts?

B-1