BMW 5 Series E60 E61
|From 2003 to 2010|
6th of October City, Egypt
Shenyang, China (BMW Brilliance)
Kaliningrad, Russia (Avtotor)
Jakarta, Indonesia (Gaya Motor)
|Designer||Davide Arcangeli (2000)|
|Body and chassis|
|Class||Mid-size (E) luxury sports sedan|
|Body style||4-door sedan|
|Layout||Front-engine, rear-wheel drive layout or Front-engine, four-wheel drive layout|
|Related||BMW 6 Series (E63)
BMW X5 (E70)
3.0 T I6
2.0 I4 (LCI)
6-speed sport automatic (LCI)
|Wheelbase||2,888 mm (113.7 in)|
|Length||4,841 mm (190.6 in)|
|Width||1,846 mm (72.7 in)|
|Height||1,468 mm (57.8 in)|
|Curb weight||1,535–1,735 kg (3,384–3,825 lb)|
The BMW 5 Series E60 is a mid-size luxury sports sedan that replaced the BMW 5 series, E39, in 2003. The related E61 platform is used for the station wagon while the BMW M5 variant was one of the highest performance sedans on the market. In March 2010 the E60 and E61 platforms were replaced by the BMW F10 platform.
Alpina B5 (2005-)
In 2005 Alpina introduced the B5 which is powered by a supercharged 4.4 litre V8 producing 500 hp (373 kW; 507 PS) and 700 N·m (520 lb·ft) of torque. It was available only with 6 speed ZF transmission. Top speed is 314 km/h (195 mph) and 0–100 km/h time is 4.7 seconds, the same as the E60 M5.
The BMW M5 is powered by a 5 litre V10 engine. Revving to 8250 rpm, the engine produced 507 hp (378 kW) at 7750 rpm and 520Nm (383 lb-ft) at 6100 rpm. 0–100 km/h time is 4.7 seconds (although this has proven to be a conservative number. Tests have shown it to be capable of 4.1 seconds with the 6-speed manual and possibly faster with SMG's launch control program) while top speed is limited to 250 km/h (155 mph).
BMW 5 Series Security
The 5 Series Security is an armoured version of the BMW 5 Series sedan with ballistic protection level B4. It included a choice of 367 PS (270 kW; 362 hp) V8 (from BMW 550i) and 258 PS (190 kW; 254 hp) I6 (from BMW 530i) engines, high-performance fibre composites (aramid, polyethylene) and special-purpose steel reinforced chassis, 21 millimetres thick glass with a polycarbonate layer for the windows.
The vehicle was unveiled in 2005 Frankfurt Motor Show.
BMW 5 Series Authority Vehicle
The 5 Series Authority Vehicle is designed for police forces, fire services, and emergency rescue services. It has a firearm bracket in the rear center armrest.
The development programme for the E60 began in 1997, concluding in 2003. The final design, penned by Davide Arcangeli under the directorship of Chris Bangle, was approved in 2000 and German design patents filed on April 16, 2002.
Comparison with predecessor
While its predecessor, the E39, shared many features with the 7 series, the E60 was different to other BMWs in production at the time. The E60 is longer, wider, heavier and higher than the previous model, which translates into more interior and trunk space. The E60 also introduced a different style to the 5-series line with a much rounder body and an interior, while not driver-oriented like in the E39, is flat like in the E65 7-series with an LCD display, basic buttons and the iDrive system.
The E60 received much acclaim from the automotive community, prompting specialist companies to produce aftermarket parts for it, including copies of M-Sport parts. For example, Hamann, AC Schnitzer, Hartge, and Dinan flooded the market with parts for the E60 which were cheaper than the originals. Furthermore, many after market performance parts were produced for the already swift E60.
A derivative of the E60 is the E63/E64 which forms the iteration of the 6 Series coupe. A factory-stretched long-wheelbase version of the E60 5-Series was offered in China, as a response to the Audi A6 L. It offered much of the rear legroom of a large executive saloon (e.g. BMW 7-Series or Mercedes-Benz S-Class), but in a cheaper, simpler model. As of 2009, trim levels included the 520Li, 523Li, 525Li, and 530Li.
E60 body was made using aluminium for the front of the car, and steel for the passenger cabin and rear thus making 50:50 weight balance. E60 was available with BMW's xDrive system in 525xi, 528xi, 530xi, 535xi, 525xd and 530xd models.
Its iDrive system has been simplified from the system in the 7 Series. It can be ordered with a full array of options such as active cruise control, head-up display, active steering, and the Harman Kardon Logic7 stereo system. Other available equipment in E60 was ESP, BMW Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Voice Control, Adaptive Headlights, BMW Night Vision, Active Headrests, Xenon headlights, Run-flat tyres and other equipment typical for luxury cars. Equipment in E60 was always upgrading, Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function, Adaptive Headlights, LED rear lights, Lane Departure Warning, Brake Force Display was available few years after the introduction.
BMW 5 Series Security was manufactured alongside the series model at BMW's Dingolfing plant, with armouring prepared before being shipped to a specialist facility in Toluca, Mexico, where the vehicles complete the final assembly stage.
The LCI (Life Cycle Impulse) model was released in 2007. This LCI model included a facelift of the front and rear end of the vehicle. This update included a new front bumper, fog lights, headlights, tail lights and trunk. The interior was also slightly remodelled as well and included changes to door handles, position of power window buttons, updated iDrive with shortcut buttons(for late 2008) models, sleeker gear change lever for the auto transmission. Besides these changes, the 5 Series gained new engines, transmission and an updated iDrive from the BMW X5.
BMW Alpina B5 S (2007-2010)
BMW Alpina B5 S is a version of BMW 550i with 4.4 litre engine with radial compressor, Alpina Sport SWITCH-TRONIC transmission (based on ZF 6HP26 TÜ), electronically-controlled adjustable damping (developed with SACHS Race Engineering), 374mm/36mm front and 370mm/24mm rear brake discs with two-piston TEVES floating callipers, drive-by wire shift lever.
B5 S Saloon includes 20-inch wheels with Michelin 245/35 ZR20 front and 285/30 ZR20 rear tyres (optional 19-inch wheels with 245/40 ZR19 front and 275/35 ZR19 rear tyres).
B5 S Touring includes 19-inch wheels, a rear roof spoiler lip.
BMW 5-Series Security
It is ei armoured version of 5-Series sedan with VR4 ballistic protection level. It included rust-proof chrome-nickel steel at the gaps and borders of the synthetic fibre mats, optional shatter protection element at underbody, aramid mats at roof and the body columns and for the front wall to the footwell and the back wall, polyethylene protective mats in the areas of the doors, chrome-nickel steel protective mats bordering, 22 mm thick polycarbonate coating and multi-layered glass compound window, electronics box in the engine compartment protected by aramid panels, optional xenon headlamps and Adaptive Headlight, optional Night Vision with 300 metres range, optional rear view camera, an intercom system and an attack alarm.
Early models include BMW 530i Security and BMW 550i Security.
2004 BMW E60 5 Series side view
Lineup and engines
During its lifetime E60/61 used 24 different engines in 13 models. 528i and 535i were available only in North America with rear-wheel drive or xDrive system. First straight-4 engine used in this five series was the 2-litre M47 diesel engine introduced in 2001 on E39 520d model. Fuel capacity of E60/61 is 70 litres.
The basic model was available from the start of production. It used M54B22 engine from BMW E39, it was replaced by 523i in 2005. Two years later 520i badge returns with four-cylinder N43 engine which was more efficient while producing same amount of power.