DY­NAMIC OP­TIONS

WHETHER YOU CHOOSE A PETROL, DIESEL OR PLUG-IN HY­BRID BMW, YOU CAN BE SURE THAT IT WILL DE­LIVER SHEER DRIV­ING PLEA­SURE.

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Thanks to the nu­mer­ous ad­vance­ments in tech­nol­ogy, driv­ers to­day are spoilt for choice when it comes to au­to­mo­bile pow­er­trains. A decade ago, mo­torists were pretty much lim­ited to choos­ing be­tween petrol en­gines of vary­ing sizes – even if they were look­ing to buy a pre­mium car. To­day, buy­ers who want to ac­quire a lux­ury model can now find one that suits their needs – es­pe­cially if they’re keen to ac­quire a BMW.

Apart from petrol and turbo-diesel mod­els, BMW now of­fers plug-in petrol­elec­tric hy­brid mod­els, too.

Let’s take a look at the unique ad­van­tages that each pow­er­train of­fers. For sim­plic­ity, we shall use BMW’s in­tel­li­gent ath­lete, the 5 Se­ries sa­loon, to il­lus­trate these three ex­am­ples.

POWER-PACKED

Petrol en­gines, which de­liver plenty of top-end power, are the ideal choice for driv­ers who pri­ori­tise per­for­mance above all else. The BMW 540i is well-suited to this en­deav­our. Its creamy tur­bocharged 3-litre in­line-6, which pro­duces 340hp and 450Nm, pro­pels the BMW 540i from rest to 100km/h in just 5.1 sec­onds. Yet at the same time, the BMW 540i is ca­pa­ble of an av­er­age fuel con­sump­tion of 7.2L per 100km, while its av­er­age CO2 emis­sion is just 164g/km, putting it in the neu­tral CEVS (Car­bon Emis­sions-Based Ve­hi­cle Scheme) band.

TORQUE-RICH

Turbo-diesel en­gines are noted for their ef­fi­ciency and punchy low-end de­liv­ery, mak­ing them an at­trac­tive op­tion for mo­torists who clock higher mileage while car­ry­ing a full com­ple­ment of pas­sen­gers and their be­long­ings. Turbo-diesel mo­tors also have the ad­di­tional ad­van­tage of emit­ting less CO2 than their petrol pow­er­plants. The BMW 520d, for in­stance, is rated at 125g/km, while its av­er­age fuel con­sump­tion is an even more im­pres­sive 4.8L/100km. Like all BMWs, the 520d is also en­gi­neered to please keen driv­ers. Its 2-litre en­gine is ca­pa­ble of 190hp and 400Nm, the lat­ter fig­ure from just 1750rpm. These num­bers en­able the BMW 520d to fin­ish the cen­tury sprint in 7.5 sec­onds.

LEAN, MEAN AND GREEN

If you’re a driver seek­ing even greater per­for­mance and ef­fi­ciency, then the BMW 530e iPer­for­mance is the car for you. The BMW 530e iPer­for­mance is a PHEV (plug-in hy­brid). The petrol en­gine, a tur­bocharged 2-litre, gen­er­ates 184hp and 320Nm. Linked to an elec­tric mo­tor, which is pow­ered by a 9.2kWh lithi­u­mion bat­tery, the BMW 530e iPer­for­mance packs a to­tal of 252hp and 420Nm.

How­ever, un­like reg­u­lar hy­brids, which rely solely on the in­ter­nal com­bus­tion en­gine and re­gen­er­a­tive brak­ing to recharge their bat­ter­ies, the BMW 530e iPer­for­mance’s bat­tery pack can be recharged in less than five hours via a reg­u­lar wall socket. If plugged into the BMW i Wall­box Plus, the charg­ing time is un­der three hours. This ad­van­tage en­ables the BMW 530e iPer­for­mance to cover up to 50km solely on elec­tric power. For most driv­ers, a 50km range is suf­fi­cient to get them to and from the of­fice – with zero emis­sions. To say that the BMW 530e iPer­for­mance is ef­fi­cient would be an un­der­state­ment. Av­er­ag­ing up to 1.9L/100km and emit­ting just 44g/km, this ex­ec­u­tive sa­loon is down­right eco-friendly. The BMW 530e iPer­for­mance isn’t just an eco-war­rior, though. It’s also a thor­ough­bred sports sa­loon that zips from zero to 100km/h in just 6.2 sec­onds.

Af­ter all, it is still a BMW, the bench­mark for sheer driv­ing plea­sure.

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