BMW 5 SE­RIES

Car (South Africa) - - SHOWROOM BUY -

Priced from R780 156

BMW looks set to shake up the lo­cal ex­ec­u­tivesedan mar­ket with the all-new 5 Se­ries. With a drag co­ef­fi­cient of just 0,22, it is the most aero­dy­nam­i­cally ef­fi­cient car BMW has ever re­leased. Not only have there been great strides made in terms of air flow, but the G30 5 Se­ries has also gone on a strict diet, mak­ing use of light­weight ma­te­ri­als such as alu­minium and mag­ne­sium. Im­proved aero and lower over­all mass, of course, also help both with the dy­nam­ics and fuel con­sump­tion.

Speak­ing of fuel, four mod­els will ini­tially make up the lo­cal range. A 520d (140 kw/ 350 N.m) and 530d (195 kw/620 N.m) com­prise the diesel side of the fam­ily, while a 530i (185 kw/350 N.m) and 540i (250 kw/450 N.m) are the petrol sib­lings. All engines in the range are tur­bocharged and mated with an eight­speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion.

The new 5 rides on dou­ble-wish­bone front sus­pen­sion, with a five-link ar­range­ment do­ing duty on the rear. For the first time, this model will of­fer In­te­gral Ac­tive Steer­ing, which moves the rear wheels in the same or op­po­site di­rec­tion to the fronts to cre­ate a feel­ing of agility at low speeds and sta­bil­ity at higher ve­loc­i­ties. As per all new BMWS, a man­u­fac­turer warranty and com­pre­hen­sive main­te­nance con­tract are in­cluded in the price.

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