Spy Shots: 2009 BMW 5-Series

With the replacement for BMW's range-topping 7-Series luxury sedan already taking shape, our attention turns to the next 5-Series sport-sedan. UK's Car magazine is featuring details and artist's renderings of what we think is a fairly good projection of what the next 5 might look like. Like other models in the BMW range, the current sedan's "flame-surfacing" styling is met with mixed reviews, and the Bavarian automaker will be toning it down for the next generation, more along the lines of the current 3-Series.

The new car is expected to drop slightly in weight, despite a modest increase in size, thanks to the use of light-weight materials. The high-tech sedan will be loaded with all the electronic goodies, including new electronic damper and active yaw control systems. Engines will include a new generation of reduced-emission diesels and a full range of gas engines all the way up to the 408-hp 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 550i. The next M5 is expected to upgrade the current M5's 550-hp V10, mated to a dual-clutch transmission, arriving in 2010

Given the current 5's all-around dynamic awesomeness, we can't wait for the next one...especially the Porsche-munching M5.

[Source: Car]

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