Autocar drives new 5-Series

Discussion in 'OT Driven' started by Redline Racer, May 14, 2003.

  1. Redline Racer

    Redline Racer Subaru Tecnica International

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    The waiting is finally over, a car with one of the hardest acts to follow has been replaced, and from what I've read I'm not exactly bowled over by the new E60.

    Styling wise, I find the thing ugly as sin. One of the worst aspects of the car is the side-profile [​IMG].
    For a designer who is striving to make each BMW model look different, I find theres a worrying similarity to the new 7-Series. Also the rear wheel looks smaller than the front due to the huge expanse of metal above it.

    The most important thing is how it drives. Heres a few comments by Road Tester Greg Kable, driving a 530i Sport fitted with Active Steering and Active Anti-roll bars.

    The interior is controversial as well, with a simplified version of iDrive. In my opinion it looks nowhere near as good as the E39.
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    Specification BMW 530i Sport
    0-60mph - 6.9sec
    Top Speed - 155mph
    Weight - 1495kg

    228bhp @ 5900rpm
    221lb ft @ 3500rpm
    Power to weight 152bhp per tonne

    All in all, its something I really need to drive before making a final judgement. However I'd be against buying one purely because it is so damn ugly.
     
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  2. curiousgeorgeM3

    curiousgeorgeM3 naughty little monkey

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    Seems like BMW is trying really hard to lose sales with the styling on these new models. :( Seems like all of them would sell better if they just took the improved chassis and engines and put them back into the old skins.
     
  4. jinushaun

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    The active steering sounds like it'll be difficult to adjust to. For me at least.

    [Obligatory ugly comment]
     
  5. beaniemak

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    So with the 7 getting remodeled again soon, will it look more like the 5 or get something totally different? I certainly hope that they don't follow in this tradition. These cars have lost their agressive appeal. You could look at a 5 and tell it was mean, now they look like abominations.
     
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    Hideous.

    BMWs are fast becoming non-driver's cars with crap like i-Drive.
     

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