BMW 540i M Sport

BMW 540i M Sport

HWM (Singapore) - - CONTENTS - By Kenny Yeo

The rst BMW 5 Se­ries rolled o the pro­duc­tion line in 1972. And to­day, 45 years later, it has ce­mented it­self as one of the lead­ing ex­ec­u­tive sedans of the world. In 2017, BMW in­tro­duced its sev­enth gen­er­a­tion 5 Se­ries and it is more pow­er­ful, bet­ter to drive, and ab­so­lutely laden with tech.

Sin­ga­pore’s 5 Se­ries lineup con­sists of one diesel and two petrol op­tions, and the one I got to drive was the range­top­ping 540i M Sport. It is pow­ered by BMW’s new tur­bocharged 3-liter in­li­ne­six, which pro­duces 340hp and 450nm of torque. Per­for­mance is suit­ably ad­e­quate for an ex­ec­u­tive sedan. 0-100km/h takes just 5.1 sec­onds and top speed is an elec­tron­i­cally lim­ited 250km/h.

And even though it is tur­bocharged, there is no per­cep­ti­ble turbo lag. Put your foot down and the 540i M Sport just goes. And if you don’t pay at­ten­tion to the speedome­ter, you will be do­ing very il­le­gal three digit speeds very quickly. Through­out my time with the car, I was never left want­ing more power.

Ride com­fort is very good too. The 540i M Sport soaks up bumps and un­du­la­tions with­out a fuss. Tire and wind noise is well con­trolled; it isn’t dead silent, but you never have to raise your voice to have a con­ver­sa­tion.

The 5 Se­ries has of­ten been praised for its han­dling and the new 540i M Sport han­dles quite bril­liantly for a large-sized car. It is no su­per­car, but in Sports mode and with the steer­ing rmed up, the 540i M Sport steers condently and ac­cu­rately. There is a sur­pris­ing amount of feel through the steer­ing and chas­sis too, much more so than its ri­vals in this class.

So, the new 540i M Sport is pow­er­ful, fast, drives well, and is very com­fort­able. But what re­ally makes it stand out amongst its peers is its vast amount of toys. There is too many to list so I’m just go­ing to share some of my fa­vorites. Let’s be­gin with the keys. The new 540i M Sport has BMW’s new dis­play key, which looks more like a small tablet than a car key. It has an LCD dis­play that tells you if the car is locked, the win­dows are closed, and how much range it has left. There’s also a pre­con­di­tion­ing set­ting that lets you set a time so that the car turns it fans on to cool the car down be­fore you set o . This is es­pe­cially handy for our trop­i­cal cli­mate.

How­ever, the nifti­est thing about the key is Re­mote Con­trol Park­ing. Us­ing the key, own­ers can start their cars and ease it in and out of park­ing lots. This is es­pe­cially useful since the 5 Se­ries is a big car and car park lots th­ese days are a lit­tle cramp. You can only di­rect the car to move for­wards or back, while sen­sors around the ve­hi­cle help pre­vent users from bang­ing their pre­cious (and ex­pen­sive) car into things.

The cabin of the 5 Se­ries looks fa­mil­iar, but has many im­proved com­po­nents. For starters, the in­fo­tain­ment dis­play is larger and has a re­designed user in­ter­face that makes it eas­ier to use. The screen is touchen­abled and mea­sures 10.25-inch wide and has a res­o­lu­tion of 1440 x 540 pix­els. More im­por­tantly, it is su­per smooth and re­spon­sive and feels like you are op­er­at­ing a tablet.

Like all new BMWs, the 540i M Sport comes with BMW Con­nect­edDrive, which is a suite of ser­vices that in­cludes real-time tra c in­for­ma­tion and concierge ser­vices. You can ac­cess the concierge ser­vices through the in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem and ask the concierge for di­rec­tions and even ask for eat­ing rec­om­men­da­tions or help with restau­rant and ho­tel book­ings and reser­va­tions.

The par­tic­u­lar car I drove was outtted with the op­tional Driv­ing As­sis­tant Plus pack­age. It is a pricey add-on - $13,800 to be ex­act - but well worth it. It adds a boat­load of ad­di­tional safety fea­tures such as lane de­par­ture and lane change warn­ing, city brak­ing func­tion, speed limit in­for­ma­tion, ac­tive cruise con­trol, wrong-way warn­ing, and much more.

What I found most useful about this pack­age is that the heads-up dis­play al­ways shows the speed limit of the road you are on. And if you do ex­ceed the speed limit, the speed read­ing on the heads-up dis­play changes color to warn you.

Also handy is the ac­tive cruise con­trol, which is a more ad­vanced form of cruise con­trol that au­to­mat­i­cally slows or speeds the car down de­pend­ing on traf­fic con­di­tions. Although not quite fully au­ton­o­mous driv­ing, this is still a very nice safety fea­ture to have as it is akin to hav­ing an ex­tra pair of eyes on the roads.

Of course, like so many de­vices to­day, the 540i M Sport can be paired with the BMW Con­nected app. The app shows you sta­tis­tics and other in­for­ma­tion about the car such as its lo­ca­tion, re­main­ing driv­ing range, and its next ser­vic­ing in­ter­val. A cool fea­ture of the app is Re­mote 3D View, which sends you a 3D photo of the car’s sur­round­ings.

Over­all, I found the BMW 540i M Sport to be a thor­oughly en­joy­able car to drive. Per­for­mance, com­fort, and han­dling are ex­em­plary, the in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem is easy to use, and the car has a truck­load of nifty giz­mos and fea­tures.

If you have the Driv­ing As­sis­tant pack­age, the heads-up dis­play shows the speed limit of the road you are cur­rently on.

Com­pared to its ri­vals, the 5 Se­ries in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem is more in­tu­itive and there­fore eas­ier to use.

The cabin has ad­justable am­bi­ent light­ing.

Technophiles and gad­get lovers will fall in the love with this car. CON­CLU­SION

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