The new BMW 5 Series Sedan therefore has all the tools it needs to continue the remarkable success recorded by its predecessors; more than 7.6 million BMW 5 Series cars were sold across its first six generations.
The flagship engine at launch will be the 340 HP (250 kW) unit under the bonnet of the new BMW 540i. This 3-litre straight-six produces torque of 450 Nm (332 lb-ft). In xDrive guise, the BMW 540i powers from 0 – 100 km/h (62 mph) in a mere 4.8 seconds.
The new 2-litre four-cylinder in-line engine in the BMW 530i develops peak torque of 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) and maximum output of 252 HP (185 kW). The BMW 530i accelerates from 0 ‑ 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.2 seconds on its way to a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph).
The 4-cylinder diesel engine powering the BMW 520d develops 190 HP (140 kW) and peak torque of 400 Nm (295 lb-ft). The sedan accelerates from 0 ‑ 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.6 seconds (Steptronic). Top speed is 237 km/h (147 mph).
The new BMW 530d likewise does a nice line in dynamics and efficiency. Producing 265 HP (195 kW) and peak torque of 620 Nm (457 lb-ft), the 6-cylinder in-line unit is clearly superior to the equivalent model in the outgoing range. The new BMW 530d races from 0 – 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 5.7 seconds, and on to an electronically governed 250 km/h (155 mph).
In March 2017 the BMW M550i xDrive will take over as the sporting highlight of the new BMW 5 Series range, for the time being at least. Its V8 engine – developing 462 HP (340 kW) and 650 Nm (479 lb-ft) of torque. The BMW M550i xDrive dispatches the 0 – 100 km/h (62 mph) sprint in 4.0 seconds.
The new BMW 5 Series is equipped with the latest-generation iDrive system. In top specification, it displays navigation, telephone and entertainment features, plus vehicle functions, on a high-resolution 10.25-inch screen. The system can be operated using the iDrive Controller, by voice command or gestures, or by touching the display controls directly, as the driver wishes. The large, tile-style panels can be arranged as desired and show the content of the underlying menus in constantly updated form. The latest-generation full-colour BMW Head-Up Display has a projection surface that is 70 per cent larger than before and displays traffic signs, telephone listings, radio stations, music tracks, navigation instructions and warnings from the assistance systems.
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