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2011 BMW 5-Series: Preview and First Photos

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2011 BMW 5-Series sedan

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This afternoon, the 2011 BMW 5-Series sedan gets its long-awaited world premiere.

Part of the new generation of BMW large cars, the new sedan is closely linked to the 2010 BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo we reviewed for you in September. BMW also confesses the new 5er shares many of its mechanical systems with the big 7-Series sedan, which was introduced as a 2009 model earlier this year.

The new 5-Series sedan comes to the U.S. with a pair of engines -- either BMW's brilliant twin-turbo, 400-hp V-8 or the same single-turbo in-line six that makes 300 hp in the Gran Turismo and in this application. It's rear-wheel drive, but the new 5-Series also will gain all-wheel-drive versions next year, as well as a normally aspirated, 240-hp six-cylinder model.

With new styling that sheds the overly complex surfaces and shapes of the Bangle era, the new 5-Series could be as improved as the 7-Series before it. We'll let you be the judge: we're posting photos as quickly as BMW puts them into the information cloud. Follow the links below to see the 5-Series premiere to the world, and to get an in-depth preview and photos, right here at TheCarConnection.com

2011 BMW 5-Series--full preview and photos

2011 BMW 5-Series--the official reveal, via the Web

2011 BMW 5-Series sedan

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  1. this car can cause some serious pain in the pocket, but if you have the money that interior seems like it alone is worth the expense.
     
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  2. NICE! Finally, a BMW sedan that doesn't make me crinkle my nose & forehead like I just got a whiff of a bad smell.
    So they've emerged emerged from the long, misshapen years of Bangliciousness. Praise the heavens.
    Bring on the ActiveHybrid 5 and I'm so there.
     
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  3. assume this one is gonna leave a mark on the wallet. however, always has been a great car and the description and photos suggest it's only getting better
     
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  4. Very nice and I love the reference to shedding the complexities of the surface and shapes.
     
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  5. I actually really like the look of this car. Bangle's designs had their time, but they are certainly not timeless. Good to see BMW move on.
     
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  6. The exterior is HOT, but it's a weird interior. Hoping that the upward tilt to the dash is just photo angle.
     
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  7. Germans know how to make cars- interior and exterior- charlie bangle is the man
     
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  8. Exterior is BORING - expecting more; this looks like a generic woman's car (think lexus)... I like the E60 better. The interior is much better however.
     
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  9. This 5er is now as big as the old 7er. this allows the new 7er becomes the CS, and all the smaller models to grow in size and move up-market. The 3 is as big as the 5 was, the 1 as big as the 3.
     
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  10. This one has "luxury" written all over it! wish I could afford it...
     
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