IN­TEL­LI­GENT ATH­LETE

THE ALL-NEW BMW 5 SE­RIES IS AN AC­COM­PLISHED PER­FORMER BE­CAUSE IT POS­SESSES BOTH BRAWN AND BRAINS.

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The most suc­cess­ful ath­letes are the ones who are both phys­i­cally and men­tally the fittest.

Hav­ing the strong­est and most flex­i­ble body alone does not guar­an­tee vic­tory over ri­vals. An ath­lete must not only be­lieve that he can win – he must also pic­ture the win and con­vince him­self of this in­evitabil­ity. In other words, he must use his men­tal en­er­gies to over­come lim­i­ta­tions such as pain, phys­i­cal and men­tal fa­tigue.

Like a win­ning ath­lete, the all-new BMW 5 Se­ries is built to per­form. Its body is lighter (by 100kg, no less) and stronger, and its en­gine (heart) is more pow­er­ful than be­fore. But the new BMW 5 Se­ries isn’t just brawny. It’s very brainy, too.

In­side, the new BMW 5 Se­ries has a driver-cen­tric cock­pit that can be equipped with a suite of ad­vanced fea­tures de­signed to seam­lessly as­sist the driver.

Lane Keep­ing As­sis­tant, for in­stance, helps en­sure that the BMW 5 Se­ries does not drift into other lanes by warn­ing the driver that the car is veer­ing into an­other lane through steer­ing wheel vi­bra­tions. If nec­es­sary, cor­rec­tive steer­ing in­puts will be ap­plied to pre­vent col­li­sions.

Road trips are fun, but they are also tir­ing. To re­duce driver fa­tigue, driv­ers can spec­ify Ac­tive Cruise Con­trol (ACC), which works in con­junc­tion with the Steer­ing and Lane Con­trol As­sis­tant.

Th­ese func­tions es­sen­tially take over driv­ing du­ties by main­tain­ing a set speed and dis­tance from the ve­hi­cle in front of the BMW 5 Se­ries. If needed, it can bring the car to a full stop be­fore start­ing up again, if a traf­fic jam is en­coun­tered. Need­less to say, ACC also keeps the BMW 5 Se­ries within a lane, thereby in­creas­ing safety for all on board. Also en­hanc­ing safety are the four cam­eras and sur­round ul­tra­sound sen­sors. Work­ing to­gether, they pro­vide a 3D view of the area around the BMW 5 Se­ries, which gives the driver an ad­van­tage in tight carparks. But what hap­pens when a carpark space is wide enough for the BMW 5 Se­ries, but too tight for the driver to open the door?

That’s when the op­tional Re­mote Con­trol Park­ing sys­tem comes in. Stan­dard on the BMW 540i (op­tional on all other vari­ants), the driver can use the BMW display key to move the car in and out of the carpark space with a swipe of the fin­ger. It sure beats wast­ing time cir­cling the carpark in search of a larger space.

As an in­tel­li­gent ath­lete, the new BMW 5 Se­ries al­ready out-drives its ri­vals. But with th­ese cool op­tional fea­tures, it out-thinks them, too.

LIKE A WIN­NING ATH­LETE, THE ALL-NEW BMW 5 SE­RIES IS BUILT TO PER­FORM.

Re­mote Park­ing is a cool func­tion that en­ables the BMW 5 Se­ries driver to park the car in tight spa­ces.

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