The gearheads can breathe a sigh of relief… The new 5er is out, and contrary to the worry-wort naysayers online, BMW managed not to ruin it.
Quite the contrary…!
Time for a specification or three… The entry level car in the U.S. will be the 530i, available in rear or all-wheel drive and powered by a 252 horse, 258 lb-ft 4-cylinder engine. A step up the food chain nets you the 540i, also rear or all-wheel driven, with 340 ponies and 332 lb-ft of torque. An M550i powered by an 8-cylinder engine will arrive as well. TwinScroll turbocharging resides in all engines, as does the usual BMW Valvetronic control, Double-VANOS timing, yada-yada-yada… We will also see a diesel version, likely the 530d, as well as an upcoming iPerformance hybrid model. I would also be remiss to not mention the M5 rocket ship!
Yep… Steering and Lane Control Assistant, Lane Change Assistant, Evasion Aid, Crossing traffic warning, Crossroads warning (reminds me of an old blues tune!), Wrong-way warning…