What is it? BMW has updated the 5 Series sedan for the 2011 model year. The car has grown longer and wider, and according to BMW has the longest wheelbase in the segment. However, from sitting in the rear seat, it doesnt appear that legroom has been significantly improved over the previous generation.
Two engines will be available when the sedan launches: a single-turbo in-line six-cylinder the produces 300 hp, and a twin-turbocharged V8 that turns out 400 hp. Both engines feature direct-injection. A 240-hp normally-aspirated in-line six-cylinder engine will debut at a later date.
The engines will drive through an eight-speed automatic transmission, with a six-speed manual available with the six-cylinder engines.
What's new or notable? The 5 Series will include regenerative brakes that charges the battery under braking and a night vision system with pedestrian detection.
When will it be available? The V8 and turbocharged six-cylinder go on sale this summer.
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