• May 5, 2007
Click on the photo for a high-res gallery of the face lifted 2008 BMW 5-series
BMW has just release the 2008 versions of their mid-sized 5-series lineup in both sedan and sport wagon body styles. The most noticeable difference is the face-lifted front fascia, remodeled headlights and reconfigured rear lighting. The lower rear fascia has also been reshaped, while the interior has also been updated with new door panels that include armrest mounted window switches and larger storage pockets.

Perhaps the most important changes, given BMW's middle name, lies under the hood. The six cylinder models now wearing 528 and 535 nomenclature carry the same engines as the latest 3-series. The 528 gets the 230 HP 3.0L N52 powerplant, while the 535 is moved by the highly respected twin turbo six putting out 300 HP. A carryover 360 HP 4.8-liter V-8 sits under the hood of the 550i sedan. All models now have a six speed transmission transferring power to the wheels, with the rear wheel drive six cylinder models getting a manual as standard with an automatic optional. The thoroughly unloved SMG gearbox has been retired at least in the US market. The full list of changes is after the jump.

[Source: BMW]


2008 BMW 5 SERIES

Product Highlights

General
• Essentially all-new platform introduced in '04; Valvetronic 6-cylinder engines, larger V-8 engine, all-wheel-drive Sedans and Sports Wagon added in '06. 2008 models substantially updated with mild facelift, revised interior and major powertrain changes for 6-cylinder models
• '08 models began production in March '07; early release in May 2007; produced in Germany
• Six models offered; five 6-cylinder models and one V-8 model:
• 528i Sedan, with 3.0-liter N52 inline 6-cylinder engine (230 hp)
• 528xi Sedan, same engine as 528i but with xDrive all-wheel drive
• 535i Sedan, with N54 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline 6-cylinder engine (300 hp)
• 535xi Sedan, same engine as 535i but with xDrive all-wheel drive
• 535xi Sports Wagon, same engine as 535i/xi Sedans, xDrive, 5-door body and many specific Sports Wagon features
• 550i Sedan, with 4.8-liter V-8 (360 hp)
• All models available with 6-speed manual 1 or automatic transmission; 535i and 550i Sedans available with new 6-speed Sport Automatic at extra cost
• Base prices including $775 destination charge (all with a choice of manual or no-cost STEPTRONIC automatic transmission):
528i Sedan – $45,075
528xi Sedan – $47,275
535i Sedan – $50,175
535xi Sedan – $52,375
535xi Sports Wagon – $54,775
550i Sedan – $59,275
• 5 Series U.S. sales in calendar 2006 – 56,756 (Sedans and Sports Wagon; includes M5).

What's new for 2008
All models:
• New model facelift includes revised front fascia, new taillights, new rear air-diffuser (Sedan models) and redesigned interior with upgraded materials. All 6-cylinder Sedans and Sports Wagon receive significant power increases, comparable to 3 Series cars.
• Lane Departure Warning system boosts driver awareness by providing the driver an immediate warning about lane placement
• Active Cruise Control adds "Stop & Go" feature, which permits cruise-control operation even in heavy traffic
• Freshened interior provides an even more elegant look, with additional leather and extended wood trim.
• Ergonomic changes include more convenient window switches, relocated console ashtray and electronic shifter
• In addition, standard iDrive adds six programmable memory buttons, which can be used for anything from radio station presets to navigation destinations or auto-dial telephone numbers
• Premium Sound Package discontinued; Logic7 premium stereo available as stand-alone option. BMW center-installed 6-disc CD changer also available
All 5 Series Sedans
• Reconfigured optical headlight lenses
• New front airdam has reshaped opening with upturned ends
• Relocated amber DOT lenses; headlight area is completely white
• Taillights include new white design with fewer reflectors, plus red lines in the optical lenses
• Reshaped rear bumper, with revised diffuser below the bumper
535xi Sports Wagon
• New front-end treatment includes revised headlights, front fascia and
relocated DOT lenses.
• New rear-end treatment includes reconfigured taillights. Rear diffuser remains as before

Performance & efficiency
All 5 Series models:
• Technically updated STEPTRONIC includes faster shifting and more efficient operation for improved efficiency and quicker acceleration; now a no-cost option for 2008
• New electronic shifter, similar to that featured in the X5 SAV, offers "shift-by-wire" actuation and more ergonomic operation
• SMG no longer available
528i/xi Sedan only
230-hp N52 engine for all 528i/xi models:
• magnesium/aluminum composite construction
• Valvetronic and Double VANOS 2 valve actuation
• includes single-stage intake
• revised tuning provides 230 horsepower @ 6500 rpm, 200 lb-ft. of torque at 2750 rpm, an increase of 15 horsepower and 15 lb-ft. of torque over previous 525i.
• New optional wheels and tires. 528i Sport Package includes 18-inch wheels with performance run-flat tires; 18-inch wheels optional with Sport Package on 528xi
535i/xi Models
300-hp N54 for all 535i/xi models:
• all-aluminum construction w/cast-iron cylinder liners
• twin-turbocharger technology boosts horsepower with virtually no turbo-lag
• Direct fuel injection with piezo electric injectors
• Double VANOS 1 steplessly variable valve timing
• N54 engine rated at 300 horsepower @ 5800 rpm, 300 lb-ft. of torque at 1400-5000 rpm, an increase of 45 horsepower and an astonishing 80 lb-ft. of torque over previous 530i/xi, with a significantly broader torque band.
• Brake discs upgraded to 13.7 front and 13.6 rear, same size as 550i
535i Sedan
• New optional Sport Automatic transmission includes steering-wheel paddle shifters and rpm matching during downshifts, plus a Sport button for quicker, more dynamic shifting (beginning 06/07 production)
• Sport Package includes 18-inch wheel and tire sizes in staggered width; first time on 6-cylinder models


535xi Sedan
• 535xi Sport Package offers the additional option of 18-inch wheel and tire sizes in staggered width; first time on all-wheel-drive models
535xi Sports Wagon
• 300-hp N54 engine, same as 535i/xi Sedans. This engine makes the 535xi Sport Wagon the most powerful wagon BMW has ever offered, including the previous-generation (E39) V-8-powered 540i.
• 535xi Sport Wagon offers 18-inch wheels and tires as an upgrade with the Sport Package
550i Sedan
• New optional Sport Automatic includes steering-wheel paddle shifters and rpm matching during downshifts (beginning 06/07 production), plus a Sport button for quicker, more dynamic shifting
• Sport Package now includes 19-inch, staggered-width wheels with performance tires.

Ergonomics, luxury & convenience
• Thoroughly revised interior
• New standard steering wheel
• Window switches relocated to armrest
• Larger, more refined door pockets
• Smaller, leather-wrapped passenger door handle
• Wood trim now flows from the instrument panel into the door panel, giving a richer, warmer, more integrated look
• iDrive includes six programmable "favorites" buttons, which can be set to frequently used features including destination addresses, phone numbers or radio station presets
• Leather-wrapped center console with:
• New ashtray
• Leather-trimmed iDrive controller w/single menu button
• New center-console storage compartment
• New electronic shifter for STEPTRONIC automatic with ergonomically optimized contour, placement and function
• Radio buttons and temperature controls trimmed in titanium silver

Options
• Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go feature allows operation even in traffic, and can accommodate speeds all the way down to a complete stop, and resume to set speed from 0 mph
• Lane Departure Warning system, provides an immediate but discreet notification when the car crosses into another lane without turn signals
• USB adaptor for iPods or MP3 players, which does not use the CD changer connections
• Premium Sound Package discontinued; Logic7 premium stereo and 6-disc CD-changer available separately
• Sequential Manual Gearbox discontinued

Other highlights
All models
• BMW Ultimate Service, including BMW Maintenance Program, for 4 years/50,000 miles included in base price
• Standard 6-speed manual transmissions have self-adjusting clutch for long clutch life
• Aluminum suspension system for outstanding handling and riding comfort (528xi and 535xi models: aluminum rear suspension only)
• Aluminum front-end structure – contributes to weight reduction and optimum front/rear weight distribution
• Vehicle and Key Memory allows users to personalize many electronic comfort, convenience and security features
• Leather-covered 3-spoke power tilt/telescopic steering wheel with auto tilt-up for entry/exit, multi-function controls
• BMW Ambiance Lighting: LED lights in roof bathe console area in soft orange light, helping occupants find controls at night; enhanced lighting features included in Premium Package
• All models available with Sport Package and Cold Weather Package; all 6-cylinder models also available with Premium Package
• Wide range of stand-alone options includes Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go feature (automatic transmission only), Active Steering, Park Distance Control (standard 550i Sedan), alternate wood interior trim selections, 20-way front Multi-contour seats, split folding rear seats (Sedan models; standard Sports Wagon), heated rear seats, BMW On-board Navigation System, Head-up Display, Lane Departure Warning system, Night Vision, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, HD Radio, rear window- and/or rear door-window sunshades, rear-seat side-impact airbags
• 10-way power front seats standard in all models; 20-way Multi-contour seats in Sport Package or as a stand-alone option; 4-way power front-seat lumbar support with 528i/xi Premium Package, standard in 535i/xi models and 550i
• Memory system for driver's seat, steering wheel and exterior mirrors; 2 positions for each user (captured by Key Memory)
• 1-touch operation of all side windows and moonroof
• Body structure engineered for excellent occupant protection in full and offset frontal impacts, side impacts and rear impacts
• Front-seat safety belts with automatic tensioners and force limiters
• Front and rear Head Protection System (AHPS II) standard in all models
• Front-seat side-impact airbags standard in all models
• Rear-seat side-impact airbags optional in all models
• Battery Safety Terminal – after a severe impact, severs high-current connection between battery and starter cable to help prevent possible short circuit
• BMW Assist Safety Plan with 4 year membership standard equipment

2008 5 Series models
528i Sedan
• 3.0-liter N52 inline 6-cylinder engine
• 230 hp, 200 lb-ft. torque
• Preliminary EPA est. MPG (revised EPA rating standard):
17 mpg city/27 mpg highway (manual transmission) or 18/27 (automatic)
• No-cost choice of 6-speed manual transmission or STEPTRONIC automatic
• Sport Package wheels and tires are 18-in. with run-flat performance tires
535i Sedan – additional features over 528i Sedan
• 3.0-liter N54 twin-turbocharged inline 6-cylinder engine
• 300 hp, 300 lb-ft. torque
• Preliminary EPA est. MPG (revised EPA rating standard):
17/26 (AT); (manual transmission available SOP 09/07)
• Optional Sport Automatic includes steering-wheel paddle shifters and rpm matching during downshifts, plus a Sport button for quicker, more dynamic shifting
• Sport Package wheels and tires are staggered width 18-in. with run-flat performance tires
• Standard Xenon Adaptive headlights
• Standard 4-way power lumbar support on front seats
528xi/535xi Sedans over 528i/535i Sedans
• xDrive – fulltime all-wheel drive system, electronically controlled with variable front/rear torque split and traction control
• Preliminary EPA est. MPG (revised EPA rating standard):
528xi Sedan – 17/25 (MT) or 17/25 (AT)
535xi Sedan – 17/25 (AT); (manual transmission available SOP 09/07)
• Manual transmission of all xi models is heavier-duty Getrag Type H; rear-wheel-drive 528i Sedan has Type I transmission
535xi Sports Wagon over 535xi Sedan
• Most-powerful BMW Sport Wagon ever offered
• 3.0-liter N54 twin-turbocharged inline 6-cylinder engine
• 300 hp, 300 lb-ft. torque
• Preliminary EPA est. MPG (revised EPA rating standard):
16/24 (AT); (manual transmission available SOP 09/07)
• 5-door Wagon body
• Standard roof rails
• Dual-panel Panoramic Moonroof (Sedans have single-panel moonroof)
• Standard split folding rear seats
• Rear-window wiper/washer
• Split tailgate with separately opening rear window (power-operated tailgate with programmable lift height in Premium Package)
• Many special features for versatile cargo-carrying capabilities
550i Sedan over 535i Sedan
• 4.8-liter N62 TU (Technically Updated) V-8:
• 2-stage induction system
• Aluminum construction
• Dual overhead camshafts (DOHC) per cylinder bank, 32 valves
• Valvetronic variable intake-valve lift
• Steplessly variable intake- and exhaust-valve timing
• Direct ignition system with knock control
• 360 hp, 360 lb-ft. torque
• Preliminary EPA est. MPG (revised EPA rating standard):
550i Sedan: 15/22 (MT), 15/23 (AT)
• New optional Sport Automatic includes steering-wheel paddle shifters and rpm matching during downshifts, plus a Sport button for quicker, more dynamic shifting
• Sport Package wheels and tires are staggered width 19-in. with performance tires
• Standard Park Distance Control, leather upholstery, Ambient Light Package, auto-dimming interior and exterior mirrors and BMW Universal Transceiver


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      • 7 Years Ago
      I think it's time to pull out those old Tide commercials from the early late 80's / early 90's.

      "I can't tell the difference, can you tell the difference because I can't tell the difference."

      Isn't the whole thing about updating a car about... well, UPDATING a car?!?!? If I'm looking at it and I can't tell the difference between it and the previous model years then someone didn't do their job properly and should be fired... take it from here, Mr. Trump.

      Oh, by the way, it's great that all these changes are under the hood, because I must be the only one who buys on a combination of both: under and over the hood.

      --end rant--


      Oh, wait, since I'm on a roll, lower your damn prices. I went to Europe and saw your damn car as a taxi (are you listening, Mercedes?) and here [at least in Canada] you are charging $50 000+ ? WTF. I can get a better Infiniti with better reliability than you for less than that.

      --okay, end true rant, posters go wild--
      • 7 Years Ago
      I really wouldn't want to spend $40k+ for a base 528i wen my neighbor in his $26k Saturn Aura XR with 252hp/251 lb.-ft. and pedal shifter takes off on me in this Bavarian sled.


      LOL! You really must be smoking something good! There is zero comparison there. How about comparing an Azera to a Lexus LS??? lol you guys crack me up.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Are you kidding me? This news is JUST now getting out? We've had these cars at my dealership for weeks now.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Test drove the 535xi three weekends ago.
      • 7 Years Ago
      OLD NEWS. This is the second time Autoblog has posted this. Are we forgetful?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Do these new 5's have the EfficientDynamics system that's being phased in on European models?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I test drove a 535/sp/pp two weeks ago, it really knocked my socks off. IMHO, all competitiors pale in comparison until you get to the E55. The combination of driving dynamics can not be duplicated, especially in Asia.

      Last week - I was going somewhere with a friend with a new Lex GS. I asked him "open the door for me - I dont want to get Toyota on my hands"
      • 7 Years Ago
      i think the front is a little on the fugly side. BMW what i really want this christmas is a 7-series with a proper manual trans and an engine that can take out the mighty mercedes bi-turbo v12. give me one please!!!!! As for SMG i say good ridence, nothing wrong with a real manual. still a 550i sport with a 6speed does make my mouth water, thought not as much as my dream 7-series or a 335i coupe.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I can't believe the Germans are still social engineering at the $45K price level.
      The cost for the actuators to add variable resonance is cheap, it would not be seen. (BMW could just eat the cost)
      http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=37444&highlight=stage

      Toyota's GS350 is a much better buy that the 528. (direct injection, variable resonace intake) and 303hp.

      and no one believes that the stripper N52 actually made 215hp, the numbers work against it. So it is likely that the germans were just lying to not piss off old customers, or so they can sell the 330 and 530 over the 325/525 255hp vs 230hp, 220ft-lbs vs 200ft-lbs.

      Doesn't BWM have a twin turbo V8 in the 450hp range coming? (next generation, after the 7-series introduction)
      Then the base can be ~250hp N52, then the N54 twin turbo can be upped to ~350hp, and by that time the M5 should have direct injection and make at least 550hp.