Tuned 542bhp Dinan Stage 3 BMW M5 E60

Tuned 542bhp Dinan Stage 3 BMW M5 E60

Resplendent in Atlantis blue, this M5 demonstrates how the E60 is still a rising force on the tuning scene. Power, luxury, agility, poise, this California dream has got the lot… Words: Daniel Bevis Photos: Patrick Lauder.

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Super-clean air-ride BMW 520i E28

Super-clean air-ride BMW 520i E28

The Inbetweener - Super-clean air-ride BMW 520i E28. The devil makes work for idle hands, or so the saying goes. While Ben Anderson waits for his dream build to be show-ready, he picked up a little something to keep him entertained in the meantime and it’s a classic to be proud of. Words: Daniel Bevis. Photos: Original Persona.

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Air-ride using KYB shocks 1985 BMW 520i E28

Air-ride using KYB shocks 1985 BMW 520i E28

Hungary Shark. Finished in a stunning shade of custom blue, wearing a genuine Hartge body kit and enhanced with a selection of period additions, this air-ride E28 is a slice of seriously cool retro-chic. Words: Aron Norris. Photos: Krisztian Bolgar.

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Tuned 620whp Imola Red BMW M5 F10

Tuned 620whp Imola Red BMW M5 F10

Packing 620whp, this absolutely awesome Individual Imola M5 is a full-on powerhouse… and a sensible daily – our sort of car for sure. Words: Elizabeth de Latour. Photos: Viktor Benyi.

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Tuned 650hp BMW M5 F10

Tuned 650hp BMW M5 F10

For the bold 650hp F10 M5. With acres of stunning Sakhir paintwork and a selection of seriously muscular mods, this fierce F10 M5 makes a big impression wherever it goes. Words: Elizabeth de Latour. Photos: Matt Richardson.

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Buying Guide BMW E34 5 Series M20, M21, M30, M40/43, M50/51, M60 an M5 S38-engined 3.5-3.8-litres models

Buying Guide BMW E34 5 Series M20, M21, M30, M40/43, M50/51, M60 an M5 S38-engined 3.5-3.8-litres models

Buying Guide Malcolm McKay steers you towards the best BMW E34 5 Series your money can buy – get one while they’re still good value. Nine steps to buying a BMW E34 5 Series / M5. With good examples dwindling and demand strong, here’s how to bag a fabulous Five Words Malcolm Mckay. Photography Tom Wood.

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2018 BMW 540i G30 and M550i G30 AC Schnitzer tuned fully tested

2018 BMW 540i G30 and M550i G30 AC Schnitzer tuned fully tested

AC Schnitzer Treats Latest BMW 540i and M550i fully tested.  We get to grips with the latest from AC Schnitzer. Tried and tested Two, four, six, eight… Two Schnitzer Fives – one with two-wheel drive, the other with four-wheel drive. One with six-cylinders, the other with eight. Bob Harper heads to Germany to investigate. Photography: Dave Smith.

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BMW M5 E39 market watch

BMW M5 E39 market watch

The supply of affordable E39 M5s is starting to dwindle so, if you’ve always fancied owning one of these V8-engined super-saloons, then now’s the time to act. The V8-engined E39 M5 has long been a favourite of ours, but the supply of affordable examples is starting to dwindle. So, if you’ve always fancied owning one, now’s the time to act, says Guy Baker.

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BMW M5 E39 Full Buying Guide

BMW M5 E39 Full Buying Guide

BMW E39 M5 Buying Full guide to this affordable super-saloon Buying guide: E39 M5 It’s a super-saloon for Mondeo money, but what are the snags? We spill the beans on this iconic M car. Understated excellence With the E39 M5 regarded by many as one of the greatest sports saloons ever made, it surely can’t be long before values start to rocket. As things stand, though, it remains a tempting but potentially costly option, as Chris Graham explains.

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Stunning S38 3.8-swapped BMW E34 Touring

Stunning S38 3.8-swapped BMW E34 Touring

Slammed, shown, driven estate agent… BMW E34 540i Touring transformed into awesome S38 3.8 wagon. Kiyoto Furuyama’s 3.8-litre, S38-swapped 540i Touring melds shakotan style with real grunt and practicality. Words and photos: Chris Nicholls.

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2017 BMW M5 xDrive G30 driven

2017 BMW M5 xDrive G30 driven

OMG… M5 goes FWD! First Look. Turbocharged M-cars, we’re now used to, but a four-wheel-drive BMW M5? Shane O’Donoghue tests a prototype with the new M xDrive. Photos: Uwe Fischer.

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BMW F11 5 Series Diesel Touring Buying Guide

BMW F11 5 Series Diesel Touring Buying Guide

If you need plenty of space and load-lugging ability yet don’t want to sacrifice driver involvement there’s no better machine than an F11 5 Series Touring Words: Bob Harper and Andy Everett Photography: BMW.

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2017 BMW 540i Steptronic G30 road test

2017 BMW 540i Steptronic G30 road test

2017 BMW 540i Steptronic G30 test. Superb dynamics are a given, but can the new 5 Series successfully bridge the gap between thrills and premium comfort?

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2017 BMW M550i xDrive G30 test drive

2017 BMW M550i xDrive G30 test drive

Flat out in the fastest new generation 5 Series. Pace and Grace. The good news is the M550i xDrive is a cracking drive… the bad news is it’s not for the UK. Big power and big speed, but the new M550i xDrive also has a surprisingly refined side to its character Words: Neil Briscoe. Photography: BMW.

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BMW 520d M Sport G30 vs. BMW 520d SE F10

BMW 520d M Sport G30 vs. BMW 520d SE F10

Sibling Rivalry Mark Williams pitches his F10 520d up against the all-new G30 Five… but which does he prefer? Is newer always better? Mark Williams pitches his sixth generation 520d up against the all-singing, all-dancing seventh generation G30 version… but is he impressed? Words: Mark Williams. Photography: Gus Gregory.

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BMW M5 SMG E60 against an example E60 M5 that’s been converted to a six-speed manual

BMW M5 SMG E60 against an example E60 M5 that’s been converted to a six-speed manual

Six Shifter M5s go head-to-head Manual vs. SMG. Six Shooter. We pitch an E60 M5 SMG up against an example that’s been converted to a six-speed manual. The E60 M5 manual was exclusive to the American market but a South African would not be deprived, so created his own. Words: Johann Venter Photography: Mahomed Abdulla.

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1979 6-cylinder BMW 520 Automatic E12 in Garage

1979 6-cylinder BMW 520 Automatic E12 in Garage

Mike Taylor discusses the merits of E12 ownership with owner Nath Lam Photography: Mike Taylor.

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BMW 540i E39 – whith Jaguar-Eaton Blower tuned 386bhp

BMW 540i E39 – whith Jaguar-Eaton Blower tuned 386bhp

Charged BMW 540i E39 – whit Jaguar-Eaton Blower. A BMW heart infused with Jaguar blood results in one ferocious supercharged E39 540i that fears nothing... Words: Elizabeth de Latour. Photos: Andy Starkey.

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BMW F07 5 Series Gran Turismo Buying Guide

BMW F07 5 Series Gran Turismo Buying Guide

F07 5 Series Gran Turismo Buying Guide If you need plenty of space and luxury there’s one standout candidate – the F07 5 Series GT. Not everyone loves its looks but with a host of interior space and a myriad of toys and gadgets the 5 Series GT makes a stunning used purchase. Words: Bob Harper and Andrew Everett Photography: BMW.

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A big mistake 2014 BMW 535d M Sport F10 vs. 2017 Range Rover Sport Autobiography

A big mistake 2014 BMW 535d M Sport F10 vs. 2017 Range Rover Sport Autobiography

I recently part-exchanged my 2014 535d M Sport for a brand-new Range Rover Sport Autobiography… and, oh dear, how I miss my 5 Series. So much so, in fact, that I was originally trying to buy it back and reverse the deal. The dealer wanted an extra £5000 from me for less than a week’s worth of driving the Range Rover. Initially I said no, but decided I missed my car so much I really had no choice. So I agreed but then, the day before we was supposed to change back, the dealer called and told me it wanted a further £2800 as that is what Land Rover had contributed to the deal. At this stage I had to wave goodbye to my Five.

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2017 BMW 5-series G30 530d xDrive SE vs. 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-class E350d W213

2017 BMW 5-series G30 530d xDrive SE vs. 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-class E350d W213

 

Time was BMW had the engines and dynamics, Mercedes the tech and ride quality. And now? We expected the new BMW 5-series to be the superior driver's car. But better comfort and technology than the benchmark Mercedes E-class? Surely not... We're gonna need a bigger boat - BMW and Mercedes both larger, more spacious.

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1989 Jaguar XJ6 4.0 XJ40-type vs. BMW 535i Automatic SE E34 Giant Retro Road Test

1989 Jaguar XJ6 4.0 XJ40-type vs. BMW 535i Automatic SE E34 Giant Retro Road Test

 

Giant Test - Bavarian motor works - Jaguar XJ6 4.0 vs. BMW 535i Automatic SE E34. Jaguar's new 4.0 litre XJ6  (XJ40) versus the best saloon car the Germans make.

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BMW 5 Series G30 Pricing Revealed

BMW 5 Series G30 Pricing Revealed

 

BMW UK has now released pricing and spec details for the new 5 Series that will be hitting our showrooms in February next year and before one looks at specification levels, the new car does seem to be quite a bit more expensive than the outgoing F10 generation machine. Four different engines will be available when the car goes on sale – 520d, 530d, 530i and 540i – and these will be available in a variety of two- and four-wheel drive guises. Unlike other markets the UK will only have two trim levels – SE and M Sport – Luxury spec won’t be listed over here for the simple reason that with the F10 hardly anyone spec’d it! The two diesel models will be available as SE and M Sports with or without xDrive while the 530i will only feature rear-wheel drive in either SE or M Sport trim. The (for now) rangetopping 540i will only be offered as an xDrive model, and can be spec’d either as an SE or M Sport. Full pricing can be seen in the accompanying table but if we look at the two diesel models (as these are the only two where a proper like-for-like comparison can be made) then the new 520d SE is £3410 more expensive than the F10 and the new 530d M Sport is £2715 dearer than the outgoing equivalent.

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New BMW 5 Series G30

New BMW 5 Series G30

 

Five Star The new Five is upon us and we’ve all the details on BMW’s seventh generation mid-range executive. New 5 Series G30 Sleeker, leaner, faster – hi-tech new Five breaks cover. Five Star It might be a corny headline but the all-new 5 Series looks like BMW has taken the best elements of the 7 Series and wrapped them up in an attractive mid-sized package. Words: Bob Harper. Photography: BMW/Drive-My.

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BMW 5-Series E28 UK price analysis

BMW 5-Series E28 UK price analysis

Find a well-kept BMW 528i E28 or BMW M535i E28 and you’ll have a very cool and quick Eighties performance saloon.

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