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If there’s any car out there that proves less is more, it’s this BMW 528i built by Evan and featured on Canibeat.com. Obviously the 5-Series is a luxury sedan before anything else, but who says you can’t add a little sportiness to your luxury? This 5-Series started by being outfitted with BMW’s M Sport kit, but it’s 3D Design’s components that really make it stand out. Subtle and clean, the M Sport front lip, carbon fiber splitters and carbon fiber rear diffuser completely transforms the 5-Series.
In addition to the 3D Design kit, Evan shaved the annoying reflectors off the M Sport front bumper and swapped out his stock kidney grilles for a pair from the 528i’s bigger brother, the 550i. From there, getting a proper stance and wheel and tire combination was crucial to perfect the look and Evan hit the nail on the head. A staggered set of 21-inch Rennen RM7 Extreme Concave 3-piece forged wheels are seen on each corner, wrapped with Falken’s FK-452 tires for a perfect fit. CKS coilovers gives the BMW a lowered stance without compromising the luxurious ride quality.
The last finishing touch was a custom quad-tipped exhaust by Royal Muffler.
GALLERY: 3D Design-Equipped M Sport BMW 528i
Oh AC Schnitzer, you’re actually late to the party this time around! BMW‘s new 2011 5-Series has already been overhauled by quite a few tuners including 3D Design and Lumma Design and now the brand synonymous with BMW customization over the last few decades has embraced BMW’s new sedan.
Apparently this is just one of several tuning packages AC Schnitzer has in the works, which makes sense considering this is just a conservative lip kit. We’re going to guess that they’ll come out with a full front and rear bumper replacement in the near future. But as always, AC Schnitzer outfits the 5-Series with an add-on front lip and add-on rear diffuser (to the OE bumpers) along with a set of side skirt extensions sporting a classy chrome blade. Both roof and trunk spoilers are also available with the trunk spoiler carrying a much more conservative design than we’re used to seeing from AC Schnitzer.
An ECU upgrade is available for the 530d bumping horsepower up from 245-hp to 286-hp. And of course an exhaust system is available for all the various 5-Series models. AC Schnitzer did want to express that they’re currently working on ECU remaps for the other BMW powerplants.
Suspension and brakes are also handled by AC Schnitzer, offering a very mild 1-inch drop along with a massive 8-piston caliper brake setup with cross-drilled rotors. (We’re assuming that the upgrade is for the front, while nothing was mentioned for the rear. We can’t imagine having 8-piston calipers in the rear on a 5-Series, but we guess it’s possible.)
AC Schnitzer also has a large assortment of wheels available for the 5-Series from 19-inch to 20-inch variety.