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Does anyone have any info about the following?

" There are going to be spec changes to E60's from week 9 production onwards.

Major change is new engines for all petrol models (except 545i), improved functionality for Professional Satnav (hot key's on left side of screen) including Perspective View (3D),updated traction control (DSC+), better quality interior trim and storage in places, new 19" wheels available as an option with the Sport models(Uk/Europe).

New Options from Week 9 Production:

633 Bluetooth telephone preparation with telematics function
4MF Active seat back rest adjustment
541 Active Cruise Control will be released to Sport models and 535d

Options deleted from Week 9 Production

206 SMG gearbox for 525i SE/Sport
638 Professional Telephone "

" Interior changes for all 5 Series models:

The following interior changes will be introduced:

Handbrake handle grip will now be finished in leather
All air vents within the dashboard and rear centre console will have a chrome insert on the vent direction levers
Steering wheel inserts will have improved “soft-feel” plastics
Heater control dials (only for Air Conditioning-advanced) will have Ruthenium finished surrounds
Driver’s side stowage compartment (below headlight switch) will increase is size and have a compartment door similar to the E46 3 Series
Whenever an upgrade interior trim is specified (435,437 or 438) the rear centre console will automatically receive two cigar lighters. "
 

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Anyone know if the E60M5 production has started yet?

If so, wonder if the above items will be included?
 

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" Standard Specification changes to Saloon model range:

All 5 Series Saloon models will receive Servotronic Steering as a standard feature. (All Touring models already have this feature as standard specification)

Changes to Dynamic Stability Control:

All petrol 5 Series models will be upgraded to DSC+, which has the following enhancements:

DSC switch will now show as DTC
Brake pre-tensioning
Rain brake support (brake drying)
Hill start assist
Brake fade compensation
Soft stop

Brake pre-tensioning shortens stopping distances by priming the brakes if the driver lifts off the accelerator sharply in preparation for an emergency stop. The result is a car that has already commenced the stopping process in an emergency situation by the time the driver applies the brake.

Rain Brake Support improves braking performance in the wet. Driving on wet roads leads to a film of water building up on the brake discs. This naturally lengthens stopping distances when the brakes are applied as the pads cannot bite the disc as effectively as in the dry. With Rain Brake Support, the activation of the windscreen wipers or a signal from the screen-mounted Rain Sensor enables a periodic gentle application of the brakes to scrub off any residue. When full stopping power is then needed the maximum force is achievable. In day-to-day driving, this periodic brake application is unnoticeable and, to avoid any confusion or danger, the brake lights do not illuminate when Rain Brake Support is active.

Hill Start Assist allows a manual transmission car to pull away smoothly on a gradient without rolling backwards. This is achieved by maintaining brake pressure for the short time taken to apply the accelerator after releasing the foot or handbrake. The system judges the gradient of slope and the subsequent degree of brake pressure needed for a smooth start.

Fading Compensation When the brakes get very hot, a driver can experience some fade in stopping power. Consequently, he or she needs to apply greater force to achieve the same stopping power. Fading Compensation recognises this situation and applies additional braking without any extra effort from the driver.

Soft Stop guarantees a smoother journey for all occupants. It allows the car to come to a perfectly smooth halt by releasing a small proportion of the braking pressure at the end of the braking cycle. In the event of an emergency, Soft Stop becomes inactive in order to achieve the shortest stopping distance.


Navigation changes for all 5 Series models:

All 5 Series models specified with either Navigation Business or Professional will now have “short cut” function keys to the left of the display screen

Short cut key functions: (in order as shown on screen display image)

Navigation voice on/off
Navigation guidance on/off
Navigation destination input via Map
Navigation information (Points of interest) display on/off
Navigation display view select Direction of travel, Pointing North, Arrow view, Perspective view
Navigation Route criteria selection Non motorway etc
Traffic information Message list display

Please note some of the above only applies to Navigation Professional with its Map display vs the standard arrow display of the Navigation Business

“Perspective View” function will be introduced to Navigation Professional (gives the map more of a 3D feel, so I'm told)

Various TMC enhancements will also be introduced from Week 9 production that include faster downloading of traffic information, correct display of TMC icons within the M25 area, correct mileage readings for actual traffic incidents, improved display for actual traffic events. "
 

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Thanks for the important update. I have ordered 638 (telephone) and will speak with the dealer to see what alternatives there are.

Can anyone confirm that option 4MF (active seat backrest) is included with option 4MA (M Multifunction seats)??
 

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Ashok Arora said:
Thanks for the important update. I have ordered 638 (telephone) and will speak with the dealer to see what alternatives there are.

Can anyone confirm that option 4MF (active seat backrest) is included with option 4MA (M Multifunction seats)??
Yes it's on the list I got from the dealership yesterday.

It's only in the printed brochure about the 4MF option without the 4MA seats. But the system wont accept just 4MF for the M5 it is just included in the 4MA seats.
 

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Thanks Sacha - we have a meet on Feb 6th hope to see you there :M5thumbs:
 

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It sound like they are switching to the new 3.0L I6 for the base model. It should finally get the bump in power its badly needed. Better fuel economy at the same time. :7:
 

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cidair said:
Anyone know if the E60M5 production has started yet?

If so, wonder if the above items will be included?
this is what Mr. Bruhnke said in the interview with Gustav during Stockholm M5 launch:

Mr. Bruhnke said:
What about the delay in production of the car: Start it in spring 2005. Pre-production for the cirtical parts where we had a bottleneck. In the beginning of the next year we will have a modification in the standard 5-sereis, which we also wanted to incorporate in the M5. New incorporations in the regular 5-series is causing the delays. Also I want to have top qualtiy. We also had oroblems with the test riggs for the gearbox. The testrigg broke, so we had to redesign the testrigg.
so to answer your question. i think those changes will most likely be in M5 as well. and is most likely one of the reasons why M5 was delayed.
 

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Just spoke to my dealer and he confirms the ONLY phone option from week 9 is 633 Bluetooth so I have changed my order accordingly.
 

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Very interesting news.

I have to call my dealer tomorrow to check!

Thanks!
 
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