Developed jointly by BMW and its Chinese partner Brilliance, the Chinese version of the six generation BMW 5 series was released in Shanghai today. To further please China’s new rich and corrupt officials, the new 5 series becomes even longer.
The wheelbase is stretched to 3108mm, 90mm more than that of the retiring long 5 series, 140mm more than that of the six gen 5 in other parts of the world. The body length reaches 5039mm, compared with that of 4,899–4,907 mm for the standard versions. It also becomes slightly taller.
The enlarged 5 series comes with noticeably higher price tags. The available four trims sell between 489,600 and 791,600 yuan.
The entry version (523Li) is powered by a 2.5L 6-cylinder rated at 150kW/6300 rpm and 250Nm/ 2750-3000rpm. The two performance versions (535Li) get a turbo-charged 3.0L putting out 225 kW and 400Nm, which enables it to achieve a 0-100 km/h time of 6.2 seconds. An 8-speed automatic transmission is standard on all trims.
Its rivals in China include the extended Mercedes-Benz E-Class, extended Audi A6, Toyota Crown, and extended Volvo S80.
For more photos and specifications of long versions of 2011 BMW 5 series, please click here.