BMW 5 Series (E60)

BMW 5-Series (E60/E61)
Manufacturer BMW
Production 2003–2009
Assembly Dingolfing, Germany
Chennai, India
Rayong, Thailand
Toluca, Mexico[1]
6th of October City, Egypt[2][3]
Shenyang, China (BMW Brilliance)[4]
Kaliningrad, Russia (Avtotor)[5]
Jakarta, Indonesia (Gaya Motor)
Designer Davide Arcangeli (2000, saloon)[6]
Chris Bangle, Davide Arcangeli (2001, estate)
Body and chassis
Class Mid-size luxury / Executive car (E)
Body style 4-door saloon
5-door estate
Layout Front-engine, rear-wheel drive layout
Front-engine, four-wheel drive layout
Related BMW 6 Series (E63)
BMW X5 (E70)
Engine 2.0 L N46B20 I4
2.2 L M54B22 I6
2.5 L M54B25 I6
3.0 L M54B30 I6
3.0 L N54B30 twin-turbo I6
4.0 L N62B40 V8
4.4 L N62B44 V8
4.8 L N62B48 V8
5.0 L S85 V10
2.0 L M47TU2D20 turbodiesel I4
2.0 L N47D20 turbodiesel I4
2.5 L M57TUD25 turbodiesel I6
3.0 L M57TUD30 turbodiesel I6
Transmission 2004-2007 6-speed ZF S6-37 manual
2003-2007 6-speed ZF 6HP19 automatic
2003-2010 6-speed ZF 6HP26 automatic
6-speed SMG
7-speed SMG
Wheelbase 2,888 mm (113.7 in)
Length 4,841 mm (190.6 in) (saloon)
4,843 mm (190.7 in) (estate)
Width 1,846 mm (72.7 in)
Height 1,468 mm (57.8 in) (saloon)
1,491 mm (58.7 in) (estate)
Curb weight 1,535–1,835 kg (3,384–4,045 lb)
Predecessor BMW 5 Series (E39)
Successor BMW 5 Series (F10)

The BMW E60/E61 series is the fifth generation of the BMW 5 Series, which was sold from 2003 to 2010. It was launched in the sedan body style, with the "Touring" (wagon/estate) body style introduced in 2004. The E60/E61 was replaced by the F10/F11 5 Series in 2010.

The M5 variant was released in 2005 and is powered by the S85 V10 engine. It was sold in the sedan and wagon body styles, with most cars using a 7-speed automated manual transmission ("SMG III").

Initial release


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 including a much rounder body, and an interior, unlike the driver-oriented E39, that is flat like the E65 7-series with an LCD display, basic buttons and iDrive system.

Aftermarket parts

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.

Platform derivates

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.


The 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.[7] E60 was available with BMW's xDrive system in 525xi, 528xi, 530xi, 535xi, 525xd and 530xd models.


The iDrive system has been simplified from the system in the BMW 7 Series (E65). 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 Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Voice Control, Adaptive Headlights, BMW Night Vision, Active Headrests, Bi-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's official 0–100 km/h (62 mph) acceleration for the pre-facelift base sedan 525i is 8.4 seconds. Acceleration for the 530i is 6.9 seconds. Acceleration for the 545i V8 is 5.4 seconds. The top speed for all models is governor-limited at 225 km/h (140 mph).

Post-facelift (2006-2007 models) acceleration times decreased to 7.6 seconds for the 525i, 6.4 seconds for the 530i, and 5.2 seconds for the new 550i trim.


Initially the 5-series received a three-star rating for adult occupants.[8] However changes were made to the steering column, footrest, door trims, door latch, airbags and electronic software and the car was retested achieving its four-star rating. BMW claims the modifications improved the car's EuroNCAP score, not the vehicle's safety; consequently BMW chose not to recall the earlier-built cars.[9]

The American Insurance Institute of Highways Safety (IIHS) gives the 5-series a "Good" overall rating in frontal collisions but a "Marginal" overall rating for side impact collisions.[10][11] The IIHS reported their side impact test would likely cause driver related rib fractures and/or internal organ injuries. The IIHS tests were conducted on models built after May 2007; these models had modifications to improve side impact safety.

Euro NCAP scores[12]
Adult Occupant:
Child Occupant:
2008 sedan NHTSA scores[13]
Frontal Driver:
Frontal Passenger:
Side Driver:
Side Rear Passenger:


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.[14] 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.[15]

The vehicle was unveiled in 2005 Frankfurt Motor Show.[16] 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.[15]

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.[17]

2007 update

The LCI (Life Cycle improvement) 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.

Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function, Adaptive Headlights, LED rear lights, Lane Departure Warning, Brake Force Display became available.

BMW 5-Series Security

The 5-Series Security is an armored version of the 5-Series sedan with a 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, body columns, and front wall to the footwell and back wall, polyethylene protective mats in the areas of the doors, 22mm thick polycarbonate coating and multi-layered glass compound window, an electronics box in the engine compartment protected by aramid, optional xenon headlamps and Adaptive Headlight, optional Night Vision with 300 metres range, optional rear view camera, an intercom system and an attack alarm.

Earlier models include the BMW 530i Security and BMW 550i Security.[18]


Petrol engines
ModelYearsType/codePower@rpm, Torque@rpm
520i2003-20052,171 cc (132.5 cu in) I6 (M54B22) 170 PS (125 kW; 168 hp)@6250, 210 N·m (155 lb·ft)@3500
520i2007-20101,995 cc (121.7 cu in) I4 (N43B20OL) 170 PS (125 kW; 168 hp)@6700, 210 N·m (155 lb·ft)@4250
523i2005-20072,497 cc (152.4 cu in) I6 (N52B25) 177 PS (130 kW; 175 hp)@5800, 230 N·m (170 lb·ft)@3500
523i2007-20102,497 cc (152.4 cu in) I6 (N53B25UL) 190 PS (140 kW; 187 hp)@6100, 240 N·m (177 lb·ft)@3500
525i2003-20052,494 cc (152.2 cu in) I6 (M54B25) 190 PS (140 kW; 187 hp)@6000, 237 N·m (175 lb·ft)@3500
525i2005-20072,497 cc (152.4 cu in) I6 (N52B25) 218 PS (160 kW; 215 hp)@6500, 250 N·m (184 lb·ft)@2750
525i2007-20102,996 cc (182.8 cu in) I6 (N53B30UL) 218 PS (160 kW; 215 hp)@6100, 270 N·m (199 lb·ft)@2400
528i2007-20102,996 cc (182.8 cu in) I6 (N53B30) 230 PS (169 kW; 227 hp)@6500, 270 N·m (199 lb·ft)@2750
530i2003-20052,979 cc (181.8 cu in) I6 (M54B30) 231 PS (170 kW; 228 hp)@5900, 300 N·m (221 lb·ft)@3500
530i2005-20072,996 cc (182.8 cu in) I6 (N52B30) 258 PS (190 kW; 254 hp)@6600, 300 N·m (221 lb·ft)@2500
530i2007-20102,996 cc (182.8 cu in) I6 (N53B30OL) 272 PS (200 kW; 268 hp)@6700, 320 N·m (236 lb·ft)@2750
535i2007-20102,979 cc (181.8 cu in) I6 (N54B30) 306 PS (225 kW; 302 hp)@5800, 400 N·m (295 lb·ft)@1300-5000
540i2005-20104,000 cc (240 cu in) V8 (N62B40) 306 PS (225 kW; 302 hp)@6300, 390 N·m (288 lb·ft)@3500
545i2003-20054,395 cc (268.2 cu in) V8 (N62B44) 333 PS (245 kW; 328 hp)@6100, 450 N·m (332 lb·ft)@3600
550i2005-20104,799 cc (292.9 cu in) V8 (N62B48TÜ) 367 PS (270 kW; 362 hp)@6300, 490 N·m (361 lb·ft)@3400
M52005-20104,999 cc (305.1 cu in) V10 (S85B50) 514 PS (378 kW; 507 hp)@7750, 580 N·m (428 lb·ft)@6100
Diesel engines
ModelYearsType/codePower@rpm, Torque@rpm
520d2005-20071,995 cc (121.7 cu in) I4 turbo (M47D20) 163 PS (120 kW; 161 hp)@4000, 350 N·m (258 lb·ft)@1750-3000
520d2007-20101,995 cc (121.7 cu in) I4 turbo (N47D20) 177 PS (130 kW; 175 hp)@4000, 350 N·m (258 lb·ft)@1750-2500
525d Fleet edition2004-20072,497 cc (152.4 cu in) I6 turbo (M57TU2D25) 163 PS (120 kW; 161 hp)@4000, 400 N·m (295 lb·ft)@2000
525d2004-20072,497 cc (152.4 cu in) I6 turbo (M57TU2D25) 177 PS (130 kW; 175 hp)@4000, 400 N·m (295 lb·ft)@2000
525d2007-20102,993 cc (182.6 cu in) I6 turbo (M57TU2D30UL) 197 PS (145 kW; 194 hp)@4000, 400 N·m (295 lb·ft)@1300-3250
530d2003-20052,993 cc (182.6 cu in) I6 turbo (M57TUD30) 218 PS (160 kW; 215 hp)@4000, 500 N·m (369 lb·ft)@2000
530d2005-20072,993 cc (182.6 cu in) I6 turbo (M57TUD30) 231 PS (170 kW; 228 hp)@4000, 500 N·m (369 lb·ft)@1750
530d2007-20102,993 cc (182.6 cu in) I6 turbo (M57TU2D30OL) 235 PS (173 kW; 232 hp)@4000, 500 N·m (369 lb·ft)@1750-3000
535d2004-20072,993 cc (182.6 cu in) I6 turbo twin turbo (M57TUD30) 272 PS (200 kW; 268 hp)@4400, 560 N·m (413 lb·ft)@2000-2250
535d2007-20102,993 cc (182.6 cu in) I6 turbo twin turbo (M57TU2D30TOP) 286 PS (210 kW; 282 hp)@4400, 580 N·m (428 lb·ft)@1750-2250


Units sold according to BMW's annual reports.[19]

200370,52270,522-Sedan launched in July.
2004229,598191,36131,342Touring model launched in May.

BMW had produced 20,548 M5 with V10 engines, with 19,523 M5 Saloon and 1025 M5 Touring.[20]


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