Torque (Singapore) - - BMW SPECIAL -

It is of­ten said that the best ath­letes aren’t just the strong­est or fittest in­di­vid­u­als, but the most in­tel­li­gent, too.

After all, the abil­ity to run the fastest or lift the heav­i­est weights isn’t achieved through phys­i­cal train­ing alone. The best ath­letes know that this sort of prow­ess is only pos­si­ble if their minds are as strong as their hearts. This is ex­actly why the BMW 5 Se­ries has con­tin­ued to be the bench­mark among ex­ec­u­tive sa­loons. It is a view shared not just by driv­ers, but the model’s ri­vals, too. When you walk up to a BMW 5 Se­ries, its dy­namism is re­flected in its taut lines and planted stance. It’s like a sprinter whose mus­cles are tensed, ready to re­lease their ex­plo­sive po­ten­tial once the start­ing gun is fired.

Ever-ready to har­ness this power is this model’s prop­erly honed chas­sis and well­tuned sus­pen­sion. This lets the BMW 5 Se­ries waltz its way through cor­ners. On board, the BMW 5 Se­ries is equipped with a long list of fea­tures that en­hance the driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and aid in the driver with his or her daily rou­tine. From Driv­ing As­sis­tant to BMW Con­nected Drive and the BMW Con­nected app, the BMW 5 Se­ries caters to a va­ri­ety of needs.

Now imagine ac­com­plish­ing all this while si­mul­ta­ne­ously de­liv­er­ing a pow­er­ful and ecofriendly drive. It may sound im­pos­si­ble, but that’s what the BMW 530e iPerformance is ca­pa­ble of. The BMW 530e iPerformance is a plug-in petrol-elec­tric hy­brid, but don’t let that def­i­ni­tion lull you into think­ing that’s it’s a meek per­former. Its driv­e­train, which con­sists of a tur­bocharged 2-litre en­gine paired to a state-of-the-art elec­tric mo­tor, pumps out a to­tal of 252hp and 420Nm. These fig­ures en­able the BMW 530e iPerformance to zip from rest to 100km/h in 6.2 sec­onds. That’s hot hatch ter­ri­tory.

Un­like reg­u­lar cars, this sort of ca­pa­bil­ity doesn’t lead to hefty petrol bills. With its hy­brid driv­e­train, the BMW 530e iPerformance man­ages a com­bined econ­omy fig­ure of 2.3 litres per 100km for the petrol en­gine and 14.5 kWh/100km for the elec­tric mo­tor. It can cover up to 650km on a full tank of fuel. Even more im­pres­sive is how the BMW 530e iPerformance caters to eco-con­scious driv­ers keen on zero-emis­sions mo­tor­ing. With its lithium-ion bat­tery fully charged (un­der five hours us­ing a do­mes­tic socket), the BMW 530e iPerformance has a range of up to 50km on elec­tric power alone.

The BMW 530e iPerformance isn’t just strong and ad­vanced. It also has the men­tal and phys­i­cal stamina to go the dis­tance. That’s what you call an elec­tri­fy­ing in­tel­li­gent ath­lete.

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