Accessorized: Hamann Launches Cosmetic Upgrades for 2011 BMW 5 Series

For the 2011 model year, BMW launched a brand new 5 Series that eschewed Chris Bangle's controversial flame surface styling in favor of elegant, flowing lines. The look works well, but may not be aggressive enough for some. German tuner Hamann has the answer for those people with a range of exterior enhancements.

To take care of the 5 Series' reserved appearance, Hamann offers a full body kit that can be ordered as one set, or as individual components. Hamann gives the car a more aggressive front snout with a new front-lip spoiler and optional LED daytime running light assembly. Hamann also adds lower side skirts and a new rear bumper. Buyers can also order a rear spoiler and a roof spoiler. Two-piece, 21-inch wheels complete the exterior modifications.

Inside the 5 Series, Hamann replaces the standard wood trim with race-inspired carbon fiber. Hamann also offers a steering wheel and floor mats sporting the company's logo. Aluminum sport pedals are available for both manual and automatic transmission vehicles, along with an aluminum dead pedal.

On top of exterior and interior accessories, Hamann also offers suspension tuning as well as exhausts. Hamann's aftermarket suspension lowers the 5 Series by just over an inch, giving the sedan a menacing stance. Hamann offers a choice of two exhausts for the V-8 550i, but neither comes with a power increase. One exhaust choice, a racing exhaust, isn't street-legal in all countries.

Hamann's accessories for the 2011 5 Series are available now and can be ordered online. You'll have to contact Hamann for individual prices, but a fully converted 550i lists for €107,555 ($138,000), around €37,000 ($48,000) more than a stock 550i in Germany.

Source: Hamann

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