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    F90 M5 COMPETITION REVEALED

    Official details of the F90 M5 Competition have been released and it’s an absolute beast of a machine. Power is up to 625hp with 553lb ft of torque and that means a staggering 0-62mph time of 3.3 seconds and a 0-124mph (200km/h) time of just 10.8 seconds. Aside from the increase in performance the M5 Competition receives model-specific engine mounts, revised suspension that’s 7mm lower and 10% stiffer with increased front camber and toe links with ball joints instead of rubber mounts at the rear and a thicker rear anti-roll bar. There are unique 20” forged wheels and additional gloss black exterior detailing, including the kidney grille, rear bumper cover, boot spoiler and boot lid logo. Inside, you get M tricolour stripe seatbelts and floor mats with model-specific piping and an M5 logo. The M5 Competition costs £96,205 and is on sale now, with the first customers due to receive their cars in September.

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    BMW M5 F90 COMPETITION GETS POWER UPLIFT TO 616BHP / #BMW-M5-F90 / #BMW-F90 / #BMW-M5 / #BMW / #2019 / #BMW-M5-Competition / #BMW-M5-Competition-F90 / #2019-BMW-M5-Competition-F90

    BMW’s M5 will soon reclaim the title of most powerful supersaloon on sale with a new Competition variant. Peak power from the 4.4-litre twin-turbo #V8 rises to 616bhp, 24bhp more than the standard M5 F90 , and 12bhp more than the Mercedes-AMG E63 S W213. The sprint to 62mph drops by a tenth to 3.3sec. Revised suspension, black styling details and new forged 20-inch wheels also feature.

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    5 Series scoops more awards

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    The #BMW-5-Series-Saloon has been recognised once again, winning the ‘ #Best-Executive-Car ’ category, alongside the #BMW-5-Series-Touring , which was named ‘ #Best-Estate-Car ’, at the recent #UK-Car-of-the-Year-Awards . Evaluated and compared by a well-respected panel of UK journalists, these titles add another impressive UK accolade to the BMW 5 Series’ growing collection of international honours.

    The multi-award-winning saloon impressed judges with its refinement, technology and build quality. Commenting on the win, #Alex-Grant , UK COTY judge, said: “The 5 Series impresses not only for its cutting-edge connected, electrified and partially-autonomous technology, but because the car underneath does everything so brilliantly.”

    The 5 Series Touring was commended for its flexibility, practicality and driving dynamics. Nargess Banks, UK COTY judge, said: “BMW has mastered the art of designing and engineering the perfect estate car, replete with intelligent technology.”

    The 5 Series’ success story continues, with both the saloon and the touring models winning more prestigious awards recently.
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    STUPID, DUMB IDEA! / #BMW / #BMW-G31

    I must say, as someone who has owned every version of the 5 Series from the E12 to, most recently, the #BMW-F10 / #BMW-F11 , I’m also not overly keen on the new G30 interior. There’s nothing really wrong with the fit and finish, apart from a couple of areas, but how I wish manufacturers would ditch piano black trim; I just don’t understand why anyone chooses this option! However, I absolutely detest this stupid, dumb idea BMW now has of perching the cheap-looking iDrive screen on top of the dash. Not only does it suffer from reflection from the sunroof (yes, they do still exist), but I think it just looks naff and cheap.

    I much prefer the layout in the F11, where the screen was neatly tucked into the instrument binnacle, away from sunlight. I think BMW should do what Audi does, and make the screen hidden within the dash until it’s needed. That way you create nice, clean lines with no distractions, and it would keep everyone happy.

    As for the G30’s overall design, I’d have much preferred something that looks completely different; a new vehicle with a more forward-thinking style. I seem to remember a concept for the new 5, presenting a much leaner, sportier look – a cross between the 6 and an 8 coupé – that presented a low and powerful image. Now, that would be a car I’d lust over!

    However, I’m sure that when the lease finishes on the Range Rover I currently drive, I’ll undoubtedly return to BMW, with a new #BMW-5-Series-G30 . By that time, the #BMW-G30 will be out in face-lifted, LCI form which, personally, I always like, as #BMW typically make big strides with these updates.

    Lee Ryan much prefers the in-dash screen position used in the F10 #BMW-5-Series … … to the ‘stuck-on iPad’ look favoured in the G30.
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    / #BMW-G30 / #BMW-5-Series / #BMW-5-Series-G30 / #BMW

    Five Star Five

    As one would hope from BMW’s latest state of the art saloon the seventh-generation 5 Series has managed to obtain a maximum five-star rating from the European New Car Assessment Program ( Euro NCAP) in the latest round of crash tests. The 5 Series received a 91 percent rating in adult occupant safety, while child occupant safety stood at 85 percent.

    In the pedestrian safety evaluation, the executive car was rated at 81 percent, prompting #Euro-NCAP to say the BMW “particularly impressed” in this area thanks to its standard active hood and “Person Warning” system equipped with city braking function. Euro NCAP also praised the 5 Series’ autonomous braking technology by mentioning it effectively helps the driver avoid a crash with another car or a pedestrian.

    The car used for the test was a LHD #2017 520d which received a 59 percent score during the #Safety-Assist evaluation. This test takes into account factors such as speed assistance (speed limiter), seat belt reminder, and the autonomous emergency braking function.
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    Long wheelbase Five for China

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    Taking centre stage at the BMW stand at #Auto-Shanghai-2017 was the world premiere of the all-new 5 Series long wheelbase. The new model is being built by #BMW-Brilliance-Automotive-Ltd exclusively for the Chinese market at the Shenyang facility.

    Its 133-millimetre-longer wheelbase endows the car with generous kneeroom for rearseat passengers while optimised soundproofing and a host of innovative equipment features – such as the electrically adjustable comfort seats, Ambient Air package and Sky Lounge Panorama glass roof – elevate on-board comfort in the rear to an even higher level. There are no plans for the model to be produced for other markets.
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    The world’s most powerful six-cylinder diesel / #BMW-M550d-xDrive-G30 / #BMW-M550d-G30 / #BMW-G30 / #BMW-5-Series / #BMW-5-Series-G30 / #2017

    BMW has announced what it claims to be the most powerful six-cylinder diesel passenger car in the world, the new #BMW-M550d-xDrive / #BMW . It features a new quad-turbo (yes, that’s right, four turbos!) 3.0-litre straight-six that develops 400hp and 561lb ft of torque and this helps the fastest diesel Five to break the 0-62mph dash in just 4.4 seconds. Yet it’s still capable of returning over 50mpg (depending on wheels and tyres fitted). The output of the new M550d xDrive is 19 hp higher than that of its predecessor – an increase of five percent – while maximum torque has been increased by 15lb ft. At the same time, average consumption and emission values have been reduced by 11 percent.

    The engine of the #M550d now uses multistage turbocharging with four turbochargers to build up boost pressure even more quickly especially in the lower engine speed range with more than 332lb ft on stream at just 1000rpm. BMW says the use of a fourth turbocharger further optimises the engine’s efficiency and performance characteristics. As in the F10 M550d, the air flows into the combustion chambers by means of a multi-stage turbocharging process. At the high-pressure stage, two compact turbochargers are used with variable turbine geometry and integrated in a combined housing. The two lowpressure turbochargers are new and replace the previous largesized third turbocharger: with their reduced dimensions they make for an even more direct engine response. The two low-pressure turbochargers and one of the two high-pressure chargers are permanently powered during travel. The second high-pressure turbocharger is only added at engine speeds of over 2500 rpm. At high load requirement from idling, the two low-pressure turbochargers are briefly circumvented by means of a flap control system so as to build up boost pressure even faster.

    As we went to press BMW UK said it wasn’t currently planning on bringing the M550d Drive to the UK market but that ‘discussions were ongoing’ – fingers crossed it makes these shores this time!
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    Stunning new 5 Series driven in the UK for the ¬ first time… #BMW ’s best-ever Five? The new 5 Series packs an impressive technical punch but how does in fare on UK roads in entry-level 520d guise? Words: Bob Harper. Photography: BMW. Technical Perfection Our first drive of the UK-spec G30 5 Series in 520d form – could it be the best-ever Five? #2017

    To a certain extent I feel like I’ve grown up with the 5 Series. Back in my youth I will admit that I wasn’t the biggest fan of the E12 and E28 generations as I felt they were a bit too angular and old hat, but when the E34 hit the streets which coincided with my working career starting at a #BMW dealer I felt that it really personified the company. Its styling was sleek and rounded, its performance was excellent for its day and the refinement levels were better than anything I’d ever encountered. And from a service department perspective I loved it as it was bombproof and its drivers had few complaints.

    Since then we’ve gone through the E39 which was like an E34 but even better, the quirky E60 and then onto the more traditionally styled F10 generation which took the Five on to almost 7 Series levels of refinement and equipment. And now we have the all-singing, all-dancing G30 generation, a car which offers everything a Seven does with a few extra bits of technology thrown in for good measure. As I’m now into my 30th year of BMW devotion it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I’ve driven every generation of Five so I’m itching to discover quite how this seventh generation machine stacks up against its illustrious forefathers.

    Given the glowing reports that came back from the international launch of the 530d and the 540i I’ve got a pretty good idea that it’s going to be a belter, but how will the smallest-engined model stack up? While you’d expect the more powerful models to perhaps be the pick of the range the most important model in the line up is the 520d – it’s the biggest seller by quite some margin and vital for the all-important UK fleet market. And with almost 60 percent of UK spec Fives ordered in M Sport flavour it’s the 520d M Sport we’re going to get to grips with here. Straight out of the box one of these will set you back £39,025, and this being a press car it’s been loaded up with quite a few, but by no means all, the options bringing its on the road price to an eyebrow raising £47,715.

    That’s not to say that in standard trim the 520d M Sport is devoid of kit, it’s just that there are so many tasty options that can be added. Standard kit includes two zone auto air con, an ‘airstream’ front grille, ambient interior lighting, Dakota leather, the eight-speed automatic gearbox, cruise control, Professional navigation, ConnectedDrive and LED headlights. M Sport adds the usual expected aerokit and a smattering of M specific accoutrements along with 18-inch alloys on the 520d. Our particular car also has the M Sport Plus package (at a fiver shy of £2000) which includes 19-inch M double spoke alloys (Style 664), sun protection glass and a Harman Kardon loudspeaker system. While we’re discussing the kit we should note the Technology package which includes the head-up display, enhanced Bluetooth, gesture control Wifi hotspot preparation and a 7 Series style display key. That little lot adds £1500. Then there’s a £1995 Comfort package that comprises Comfort access, reversing camera, electric front seats and folding exterior mirrors. Plus we have Variable Damper Control (£985), soft close door (£435), a glass sunroof (£995), split-folding rear seats (£335) and Piano black BMW Individual interior trim at £560.

    That’s this car’s spec done with, but in terms of vital stats we’ve got the familiar 190hp four-cylinder diesel from the F10 generation which endows the car with a 0-62mph time of 7.5 seconds on its way to a top speed of 146mph. It’s the car’s impressive on-paper economy and emissions figures that make it such a convincing fleet car though and at 65.6mpg and 114g/km one has to admit that it makes a pretty devastating case for itself. More on that later.

    I must admit that I perhaps wasn’t totally convinced by the styling when I first saw the pictures of the Five in all it’s glory for the first time, but now I’ve lived with it for a while I do admire it without perhaps loving it. I like the sleek frontal look and think the rear, especially the lights, are better resolved than those on the F10 and there’s some lovely detailing like the double Hofmeister kink but perhaps overall it looks a little bit too much like a 7 Series? Perhaps I’ll grow to love it as the months go on, but at the moment I’ll say I like it without falling head over heels for it. Aesthetics are very much a matter of personal taste so we’ll move swiftly onto the interior.

    Next month you’ll be able to read the thoughts of a current 5 Series driver on the G30 but I’m smitten with the inside of the Five. I think it looks utterly modern and stylish and it’s an ergonomic work of art. When BMW first started ‘plonking’ the display monitor on the top of the dash I thought it looked a little strange, but I’m sold now and it seems that most other manufacturers are following BMW’s lead in this respect. The monitor itself is huge and has amazing definition and the new head-up display is likewise hugely crisp and 70 per cent larger than it was previously. If I were speccing a new car heated seats would be at the top of my list, but as the new Five comes with these as standard the HUD would be first on my list. I think it’s a significant step forward in road safety and to have your speed, warnings and sat nav instructions displayed in such a crisp fashion without you having to take your eyes off the road is a major plus.

    I’m less convinced by the way you can now use the monitor as a touch screen. I suppose it simply gives customers a wider choice and I can see that it’s useful to be able to pinch and zoom on the map as you would with a tablet or smartphone, but to use it while driving is a major step back as far as I’m concerned, and in certain situations is downright dangerous as to use it you have to take your eyes off the road. With familiarity when using the iDrive controller you can devote the majority of your attention to the road while seeing the screen in the corner of your eye. There have also been a couple of changes to the Five’s steering column stalks too – the indicator stalk now moves and stays in position rather than just requiring a flick (a system that came in an the E60 Five and has been on more or less every model since). And then on the wiper stalk the button on the end which used to operate the intermittent function has been dropped and you push the stalk up to position one for intermittent. It’s not a major point but I always liked the previous set up, and it almost goes without saying that the programming for the intermittent wipers is typically awful and during my time with the car I had the wipers both dashing dementedly across the screen at full speed when it was virtually dry as well as giving the occasional desultory sweep during monsoon conditions. Given all the impressive tech this car is packing it’s almost beyond belief that this can’t be improved. It’s a range-wide problem and really needs addressing.

    Other interior observations are that the new switching for the majority of the heating and ventilation controls and the Drive Performance Control switches are a step backwards with less of a quality feel than before. The ConnectedDrive functions are impressive though, especially the online music streaming (Deezer was used in this car with excellent results) and Apple Car Play which will read out your SMS messages in a slightly amusing robotic voice. Indeed, the whole voice recognition system seems to be a big step up from previous systems. Bar the aforementioned switches the interior feels hewn from granite and has a lovely fit and finish… the only really disappointing aspect on the inside is the rear legroom which still looks pretty mean if the driver is of above average height and certainly much stingier than in the Active Tourer I drove this month – not good enough for a car that’s almost as long as an E65 Seven was.

    So, that was a bit of a nit-picking session, but ultimately what you’ll want to know is how the new Five drives. In a nutshell, brilliantly. Performance is as expected, brisk without being stellar, but this is the entry-level model and to be honest it never feels wanting in this respect. Where the car really scores is in its refinement levels – road noise is very well subdued, there’s nary a whisper of wind noise until you’re up into licence losing territory (and even then it’s pretty well muted) and it’s ride comfort is second to none. During my time with the car I covered big distances – we’re talking the best part of 10 hours behind the wheel at a time and I certainly didn’t feel overly fatigued at the end of the day and there really aren’t all that many cars you can say that about.

    I can’t comment on how a Five on the standard suspension will feel, but for the G30 it feels to me as if BMW has got the variable dampers absolutely spot on. Cruising on the motorway is a thoroughly refined experience with the car absorbing everything that our roads can throw at it in its stride. In this mode around town it’s similarly impressive, even to the extent that it rides the massive speed humps that the council has seen fi t to install around my area with aplomb – better than anything else I’ve yet driven over them in.

    When you do switch the car into Sport it really comes alive, too. The engine and gearbox are so much more eager to play and the handling tightens up significantly, making it a joy to hustle along a favourite back road. The only thing I would say is that as the car as a whole is so refined I never really felt the need to drive it hard – it does so well as a cruiser that you can almost forget that it’s a very, very tidy handler and can be driven in a sporting fashion with aplomb. Overall the drive is hugely absorbing and involving and just about the only disappointment was the economy which didn’t go very far north of 40mpg in my time with it. Maybe I’m just heavy-footed, and to be fair to the car it was nowhere near run in yet.

    So, job done then? A very stylish package with an excellent interior, a myriad of technology to choose from and an involving drive. Like me this 5 Series is the most mature version yet, but like me, it’s not grown old… not quite yet.

    TECHNICAL DATA FILE #BMW-G30 / #BMW-520d-M-Sport / #BMW-520d-M-Sport-G30 / #BMW-520d-G30 / #BMW-520d / #BMW-5-Series / #BMW-5-Series-G30 /

    ENGINE: Four-cylinder diesel, 16-valve
    CAPACITY: 1995cc
    MAX POWER: 190hp @ 4000rpm
    MAX TORQUE: 295lb ft @ 1750-2500rpm
    0-62MPH: 7.5 seconds
    TOP SPEED: 146mph
    ECONOMY: 65.6mpg
    EMISSIONS: 114g/km
    WEIGHT (EU): 1615kg
    PRICE (OTR): £39,025
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    / #Best-ever-sales / #BMW-5-Series-G30 / #BMW-5-Series / #BMW / #BMW-7-Series / #BMW-7-Series-G12 / #BMW-7-Series-G11 / #BMW-3-Series / #BMW-3-Series-F30 / #2017

    The BMW brand is celebrating an all-time sales high, both worldwide and in the UK. Globally the BMW brand achieved a new full-year sales record of 2,003,359, 5.2 percent up on 2015. The onward march of the X vehicles was certainly responsible for some of this growth with one in three #BMW vehicles now being equipped with four-wheel drive. With nearly 645,000 X models being sold worldwide this represented a year-on-year increase of 22.3 percent. Other notable growth drivers for the brand include the 2 Series (up 24.8 percent) and the #BMW-7-Series , which saw sales increase by 69.2 per cent to total 61,514.

    In the UK the BMW brand accounted for 182,593 sales, an increase of 9.0 percent compared to 2015 and over 15,000 vehicles more than its previous UK sales record in 2015. The #BMW-1-Series five-door was the brand’s biggest selling model closely followed by the #BMW-3-Series-Saloon , the #BMW-5-Series-Saloon and the new X1. #2016 also saw demand doubling for BMW’s electric and hybrid models with more than 9000 customers choosing an alternatively fuelled vehicle. The recently launched #BMW-330e-F30 iPerformance models have already become a popular choice with over 3500 vehicles sold in the UK last year.
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    / #BMW-520d-EfficientDynamics / #BMW-520d-EfficientDynamics-G30 Confirmed / #BMW-520d-G30 / #BMW-G30 / #2017 / #BMW / #EfficientDynamics / #BMW-5-Series / #BMW-5-Series-G30

    BMW UK has now announced full details of its new eco champion, the 520d SE EfficientDynamics, that will go on sale in the UK in March. It uses the familiar four-cylinder 2.0-litre diesel engine with the twin-scroll #TwinPower turbocharger which delivers 190hp and 295lb ft of torque available from 1750 to 2500rpm, good enough for a 0-62mph time of 7.5 seconds and a combined economy figure of 72.4mpg and emissions of just 102g/km (depending on wheel and tyre dimensions).

    The power unit of the #BMW-520d-SE-ED features a turbo charger mounted on anti-friction bearings, high pressure exhaust gas recirculation, a mapcontrolled oil pump and further developed common rail direct injection technology, the solenoid injectors of which ensure precise fuel dosing with a maximum pressure of 2000 bar.

    In addition to the optimised efficiency of both the engine and the standard eight-speed Steptronic transmission, the enhanced aerodynamic characteristics as well as a reduction in weight contribute towards achieving the favourable fuel consumption and CO2 emission levels. Moreover, in order to optimise emission behaviour, the 520d SE ED is equipped with #BMW-BluePerformance technology, which in addition to the particulate filter, an oxidation catalyst and a NOX storage catalyst, also features an SCR catalytic converter with #AdBlue injection technology reducing nitrogen oxide emissions even further.

    The 520d SE EfficientDynamics Saloon goes on sale from March 2017, and is priced at £37,220 OTR.
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