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The E’s are history... Welcome to the F10 5 Series!
Submitted by Rich Loney, NOCBMWCCA Pilot Editor
Yep, I’d gladly accept the keys to a BMW 5-series any day. An E39, if you please. Make it a 2003 in Jet Black with a 5-speed manual and the optional sport package. Smack some M-Parallel wheels on that baby and you’ve got one of the prettiest cars to have ever hit the road. In my opinion, the E39, is the pinnacle of pre-Bangle van Hooydonk design.
Don’t get me wrong; I’m not a hater of the flame-surfaced sheet metal on the newer BMWs (I actually own an e90 330i). I’m just saying that of all the fives, they nailed it with the E39. I remember when the outgoing E60 was introduced in 2004. Looking at the pre-launch photos of that design on the web and in print made me think that BMW really dropped the creative ball. Those “new” headlights with the
wrap around eyebrows
just left me shaking my head and thinking, “Wow, ugly, really ugly.” I just was not a fan of the E60. That opinion changed the day I strolled into my local dealer and saw one with my own eyes. It was a beautiful Jet Black variation parked right next to, you guessed it, an E39. I stood for several moments staring at these two cars, switching my weight from one foot to the other and rubbing my chin. “Hum,” I thought, “this new 5-series is bad, real bad.” And I meant it in a good way!
In the flesh, the 2004 E60 made the design of my all-time favorite E39 look outdated, somewhat uninspired, and very dated. At that moment I became a fan of the E60 5-series. So here it is 2010 and I’m looking at online photos of the new F10 5-series. Want to know the first thing I thought? “Wow, the headlights on this new design are very unimaginative compared to the E60.” Really, that’s what I thought. Funny right?
At first glance I really do like the looks of the F10. Hold up your hand and cover the front clip, the profile from the A pillar back looks exactly like an E90 330i, doesn’t it? Now cover up the front and rear of the photo, crop out the top and bottom of the image so just the rear passenger door window is showing. . . the Hofmeister kink looks like it was lifted right from my beloved E39. So there you have it; the designer of the new 5 series must have been a fan of the E39 too.