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    AL HORSMAN #BMW-540i-xDrive / #BMW-G30 / #BMW / #BMW-540i-xDrive-G30

    Most of the cars we feature tend to be a little on the older side so it was a nice surprise when Al’s email appeared in our inbox, telling us about his G30 5 Series. Al’s 540i model is equipped with the seriously potent single-turbo #BMW-B58 straight-six as can be found in the M140i and M240i among other models, which makes 340hp and 332lb ft of torque in stock form, and with the added traction of xDrive that’s enough for a 0-62mph time of just 4.8 seconds, which is seriously impressive stuff. Al says that having the #xDrive on board makes the car feel incredibly planted and he understands it’s the only 540i xDrive in the country, which makes him a member of a rather exclusive club. The only mod he’s fitted so far is a K&N filter, which he says has increased torque noticeably throughout the rev range, but he’s got no more mods planned as it’s one of the most complete cars he’s driven and is more than fast enough already.
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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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    5 Series developments / #BMW-5-Series-Touring / #BMW-5-Series-Touring-G31 / #BMW-G31 / #BMW-G30 / #BMW-5-Series-G31 / #BMW / #BMW-540i-xDrive-M-Sport-Touring-G31 / #BMW-520d-G31 / #BMW-520d-Touring-G31 / #BMW-525d-Touring-G31 / #BMW-525d-Touring

    The 5 Series saloon is having its engine line-up bolstered with the arrival of two four-cylinder units from BMW’s modular engine family.

    A new entry level car – the 520i – is being launched, together with a new 525d model. Both engines have been developed from units featuring an extremely lightweight, thermodynamically-optimised, all-aluminium construction.

    Thanks to TwinPower Turbo technology, they combine maximum power with impressive efficiency, and comply with the EU6 emissions standard.

    The petrol 520i is a four-cylinder 1,998cc powerplant that produces 184hp and 290Nm, enabling a 0-62mph time of 7.8secs, a top speed of 146mph, official economy of 52.3mpg and CO2 emissions of 124g/km.

    The four-cylinder BMW 525d diesel engine produces 231hp and 500Nm of torque. This can push the car to 60mph in 6.6secs and on to a top speed of 155mph. Fuel consumption comes in at a respectable 64.2mpg, resulting in CO2 emissions of just 116g/km.

    The new 2017 BMW 5 Series Touring upholds a long tradition of being a perfect estate car for the premium car buyer who wants it all. Hot on the heels of the new 5 Series saloon, it’ll be in showrooms this June, with four engine options initially, and more to follow.
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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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