The BMW 5 Series and X5: A History of Production Cars and Tuner Specials, 1972-2008

The BMW 5 Series and X5 A History of Production Cars and Tuner Specials, 1972-2008

BMW is a company associated with motoring firsts. The very idea of a sports sedan was merely a novelty until BMW introduced the 5 series in 1972. As BMW’s “middle child,” the 5 series has drawn features from the company’s smallest and largest models, establishing a reputation for performance and practicality through multiple generations. This book covers the history of the 5 series midsize sedan and the related X5 SUV from September 1972 to the e60’s major makeover for 2008 and the recent development of the e70 X5. Specific mechanical, electronic and cosmetic changes are described, including the time of and reasons for their introduction. Several aspects of BMW’s corporate history and technically related models such as the 6-series are also described, as are aftermarket modifications by Alpina, Hartge, and other specialist BMW tuners and speed shops. The book includes more than 200 photographs.

The BMW 5 Series and X5: A History of Production Cars and Tuner Specials, 1972-2008

Table of Contents

Introduction
1. Triplanes, Trucks and Eggmobiles: BMW’s Rocky Road to the Top
2. The Original BMW 5 Series (e12)
3. The e12 5 Series Motorsport Creations and Tuner Versions
4. The 5 Series’ Second Coming: The e28 Chassis
5. Fast Shoeboxes: The e28 Motorsport and Tuner Variants
6. The e34 5 Series: A Time to Be Bold
7. The Flying Bus: The e34 Motorsport and Tuner Variants

Between pages 162 and 163 are 12 color plates containing 29 photographs

8. The e39 5 Series: The Conservative One
9. BMW in Flux: The 1990s
10. Tuning the e39: Motorsport and Tuner Choices
11. The e60 5 Series: The Mold Breaker
12. Living in a Niche: X5, M5 and Tuner Fives

Appendix: The Fastest and Slowest Fives
Chapter Notes
Bibliography
Index

Language: English
File: PDF
Size: 27.8 Mb
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