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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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