Often you don’t need much to really “finish” the look of a car. Such is the case with this F10 BMW 535i. Black is a tricky color to work with – it’s impossible to keep clean, it shows every imperfection and it doesn’t show up well in photos, but a freshly washed black car… nothing like it. Kaveh Hedayatzadeh, owner of this F10 opted for a classy yet murdered-Out sort of look, with blacked out Gloss Black F10 Kidney Grilles, Wheels and totally debadged, aside from the OEM BMW Roundels. True, the lighting isn’t blacked out – but the clean clear/chrome and red look lends itself to the car well, and the roundels left in the wheel centercaps do give the wheels more visual depth.
The blacked out look works well for the F10, giving the larger Bimmer a rather imposing – almost menacing – presence. A subtle M-Tech style F10 rear spoiler gives it a little extra visual “character”.
You see what I mean about black cars? This particular photo actually showcases the “flame surfacing” on the flanks that started with Chris Bangle. A pair of blacked out dual exhaust tips peeking out from the rear bumper complete the look.
As we said, the car really didn’t need much to have alook all its own. It’s classy and refined but imposing, like a hit man in a designer suit.
The mild drop of the Eibach Pro-Kit Lowering Springs for BMW F10 brought down the ride height by 1″ up front and dropped the rear by .6″, reducing the wheel gap without going overboard. Eibach‘s engineers went with a drop that would enhance the natural good looks of the F10 5er but its progressive rate enhances handling yet is still gentle enough to be comfortable for everyday street use. Take a look at this video of the ModAuto install team fitting a white F10 528i with a set of Eibach springs.
This particular F10 is a 535i, with the N55 Turbo Six underhood. Recent posts on a car enthusiast sites have opined that the 535i might actually be superior in the real world to the M5, and indeed, with the N55 underhood, it’s a capable platform. Breathing has been enhanced slightly courtesy of a BMS Intake for the N55 to sharpen response and give it a few extra ponies and an intake for F10 is a great step towards achieving Full Bolt On status with the N55 engine.
Kaveh is well on his way to FBO though, this 535i sports a JB4 Tuner for F10 535i to match (not installed or sold here), giving it significantly more power than stock. All in all, we love the overall look of this F10 and wish we saw more folks hotting up their 5-series.
If you’re interested in making some changes to your BMW’s suspension, whether that’s fitting springs or coilovers, talk to the Mod Experts at ModBargains.com – chat online or call 714-582-3330 to speak to the Mod Experts who recommended a few of the mods on this F10.
Are you an F10 Fanatic? Then be sure to check out these posts on our blog that feature the current-generation 5er.
Paul Reitzin’s 2011 BMW F10 535i
Story & Photos Nick Gregson
Special Thanks to Kaveh Hedayatzadeh