Sunday, January 16, 2011

Auto Review: 2011 BMW 5 Series

Auto Review: 2011 BMW 5 Series

The BMW 5 Series has a luxurious and quiet interior and a very impressive drivetrain. When BMW unveils a new 5-Series,the automotive world sits up and takes notice. The 6th generation it comes with a particularly bold design: the longest wheelbase in its segment, a protruded hood, short overhangs and a coupé-style roofline. It competes with the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Audi A6.

New BMW 5 Series Sedan
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New BMW 5 Series Sedan
New BMW 5 Series Sedan

BMW 5 Series Sedan: Premiere for BMW xDrive and the world’s best performing six-cylinder diesel engine
The intelligent four-wheel drive system BMW xDrive now also provides the new BMW 5 Series Sedan with the highest level of supremacy in all road and weather conditions. The permanent, electronically controlled four-wheel drive system guarantees optimum power transfer at all times through precise and variable distribution of motive force to the front and rear axles according to each situation. In normal driving conditions torque is transferred to the front and rear axles at a ratio of 40 : 60. This distribution ratio can be changed within a fraction of a second if the sensors monitoring the slip on all wheels detect the respective requirement. The xDrive system has an anticipatory function, stabilising the vehicle before the driver even notices the necessity to act. As the system is adapted for optimised driving dynamics, it also constantly transfers increased power to the rear wheels as soon as the vehicle enters a bend. When the vehicle exits the bend, the xDrive system returns to its basic setting in favour of optimum traction and stability.

The system is employed in the new BMW 550i xDrive Sedan. The series’ top-of-the-range model is powered by a 300 kW/407 bhp V8 engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo and direct petrol injection and features as standard an eight-speed automatic transmission. Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h is achieved in 4.8 seconds and average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle is 11 litres/100 km.

The BMW 535d Sedan is straight-six engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo and Common Rail direct injection develops a power output of 220 kW/300 bhp at 4,400 rpm from a cubic capacity of 3 litres. Maximum torque is 600 Nm, which already becomes available at 1,750 rpm. The supercharging system featured by the world’s most powerful six-cylinder diesel engine corresponds to the Variable Twin Turbo principle, meaning that just above idling speed a smaller supercharger is activated, an additional, larger supercharger being activated in the case of an increased torque demand.

Spontaneous and sustained engine power allows the BMW 535d Sedan, which is equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission, to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 5.7 seconds. This racing temperament is combined with impressive efficiency. This is mainly due to the Common Rail system featured by the all-aluminium engine, which operates at a maximum pressure of 2,000 bar, guaranteeing a particularly accurate supply of fuel. The BMW 535d Sedan achieves an average fuel consumption of 6.1 litres/100 km in the EU test cycle.

Thus, the BMW 5 Series Sedan now offers a choice of four petrol and four diesel power units. Front-runner in the efficiency rating is the entry model BMW 520d. The saloon car, which is powered by a 2-litre four-cylinder diesel engine with 135 kW/184 bhp and comes as standard with Auto Start Stop function, continues to extend its lead within the competitive environment thanks to an average fuel consumption of 4.9 litres/100 km and a CO2 emission level of 129 grams per kilometre according to the EU test cycle.

BMW 5 Series Touring with an extended engine range
The most powerful diesel model is – analogous to the saloon – the BMW 535d Touring. Thanks to a 220 kW/300 bhp straight six-cylinder engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo and Common Rail direct injection, the Touring model sprints from 0 – 100 km/h in a mere 5.7 seconds. According to the EU test cycle, average fuel consumption of the BMW 535d Touring is 6.3 litres/100 km.

The BMW 525d Touring completes the available range of diesel models. Likewise, it features a 3-litre straight six-cylinder engine plus turbo charger with variable intake geometry and Common Rail direct injection. The engine delivers 150 kW/204 bhp at 4,000 rpm, with maximum torque of 450 Nm being available between 1,750 and 2,500 rpm. The BMW 525d Touring accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.3 seconds and has an average fuel consumption of 6.3 litres/100 km in the EU test cycle.

The 3-litre straight six-cylinder engine with direct petrol injection (High Precision Injection) under the bonnet of the BMW 528i Touring delivers a power output of 190 kW/258 bhp at 6,600 rpm in lean operation and achieves maximum torque of 310 Nm between 2,600 and 5,000 rpm. The BMW 528i Touring sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in just 6.9 seconds, average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle is 8 litres/100 km.

M Sports Package for the new BMW 5 Series Sedan and the new BMW 5 Series Touring
The M Sports Package, which was developed by the BMW M GmbH, comprises components that have been specifically adapted to match the suspension, the aerodynamics, and the exterior and interior design of each model. The M sports suspension, M aerodynamics package and 18-inch M light alloys featuring a double spoke design contribute towards enhanced driving dynamics and an exceptionally powerful appearance. Moreover, optionally available features include 19-inch M light alloys as well as an M rear spoiler for the saloon.

Sports seats featuring Alcantara / fabric upholstery especially developed for the M Sports Package give the interior a particularly sporting ambience. The upholstery’s exclusive character is underlined by high-grade materials, contrasting seams and the M emblem applied to the seat. Further interior features included in the M Sports Package comprise, inter alia, an M leather-clad steering wheel, an M gear lever knob, the M footrest, an anthracite BMW Individual roof lining and M aluminium hexagon interior trim strips.

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