In 1972, the first vehicle created by design-legend Paul Bracq for BMW comes onto the market. The BMW 5 series already exhibits all of the features that will distinguish the sedan of the upper midsize class in the future as well: the striking radiator grille with double headlights, the extended silhouette, the rear-wheel drive typical of BMW. Accompanying these features is the suspension, a combination of athleticism, safety and comfort. Inside the cockpit, a more stringent functionality prevails rather than fanciful details. The interior inspires with haptically impressive materials and its comfort features.
The following year sees the emergence of more powerful engines onto the market: the BMW 525 with 107 kW (145 hp), followed by the BMW 528 with a 121 kW (165 hp) engine.
As from the model year 1977, the facelift process carried out for all vehicles leads to the slight raising of the bonnet from the kidney grille to the windscreen, enlargement of the rear lights and the equipping of the 6-cylinder models BMW 525 and 528 with dual carburettors. This brings about an increase in power for the vehicles. With just under 700,000 vehicles built, production ceases with the appearance of the successor BMW 5 series (E28).
Production period: 1972 – 1981
Engines: 1.8 – 3.5 litres (66 – 160 kW, 90 – 218 hp), 4- & 6-cylinder
Length/width/height: 4,620 mm/1,690 mm/1,425 mm