Tag: 5 Series

Say Hello to the New and More Handsome BMW 5 Series

So, the folks at Munich just went completely bonkers and launched not one or two, but FOUR new models today… FOUR in the same day! Why!?

Anyways, out of the four, the model that we are most excited about is the updated 5-Series, which now sports a fresh look, new powertrain, and a few new key features.

On the exterior, the 5-Series looks significantly sportier and more youthful than the pre-facelift model which we have on our roads now. Up front, the lights, the kidney grille, as well as the bumper have all been redesigned, looking a lot like the 3-Series.

Besides that, the 3D-ish LED taillights, the rear bumper, the trapezoidal twin exhaust tips, red M Sport brake calipers, as well as the wheel design (18-20 inches) are all new as far as the car’s exterior is concerned.

Moving in, new in the 5 Series are the repositioned multifunction controls on the steering wheel, the extended automatic climate control system, the gloss black centre console buttons, redesigned seats, new upholstery choices , the latest iDrive Operating System 7.0 with updated interface, as well as the BMW Maps system, which is basically a new cloud-based navigation system that gives more accurate real-time information.

Another big news is that a mild-hybrid system comprising a 48V starter-generator, will be rolled out in all models with a four- or six-cylinder engine, adding 11 PS to the total output figures.

A total of 16 variants are available worldwide, but most of them are completely irrelevant to our market. Here are some versions which we can relate to:

BMW 530e xDrive

  • 2.0L Inline 4 turbo + synchronous electric motor
  • 8-speed Steptronic transmission + xDrive AWD system
  • Combined output: 292hp, 420Nm of torque
  • 0-100km/h: 5.9 seconds
  • Top speed: 235km/h (combined), 140km/h (electric)
  • Electric range: 62-67km

BMW 545e xDrive

  • 3.0L Inline 6 turbo + synchronous electric motor
  • 8-speed Steptronic transmission + xDrive AWD system
  • Combined output: 394hp, 600Nm of torque
  • 0-100km/h: 4.7 seconds
  • Top speed: 250km/h (combined), 140km/h (electric)
  • Electric range: 54-47km

BMW 520i Sedan

  • 2.0L Inline 4 turbo + 48V mild hybrid system
  • 8-speed Steptronic transmission.
  • Output: 184hp, 290Nm of torque
  • 0-100km/h: 7.9 seconds
  • Top speed: 235km/h

BMW 530i xDrive

  • 2.0L Inline 4 turbo + 48V mild hybrid system
  • 8-speed Steptronic transmission + xDrive AWD system
  • Output: 252hp, 350Nm of torque
  • 0-100km/h: 6.4 seconds
  • Top speed: 250km/h

BMW 540i xDrive

  • 3.0L Inline 6 turbo + 48V mild hybrid system
  • 8-speed Steptronic transmission + xDrive AWD system
  • Output: 333hp, 450Nm of torque
  • 0-100km/h: 5.2 seconds
  • Top speed: 250km/h

BMW M550i xDrive 

  • 4.4L V8 turbo + 48V mild hybrid system
  • 8-speed Steptronic transmission + xDrive AWD system
  • Output: 530hp, 750Nm of torque
  • 0-100km/h: 3.8 seconds
  • Top speed: 250km/h
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Old 5-Series Narrowly Misses Crash Thanks to Driver’s Epic Reflex

Another week, another viral video… This time, it is a dashcam recording from Singapore that will blow your mind.

In the beginning of the video, it is just a bunch of cars cruising on the highway, minding their own business, but they were going a bit fast lah to be honest.

And then, it happens. The old BMW 5 Series E34 you see in front of the “camera car” suddenly slams the brake, because there is a car, stalled, on the bloody fast lane!

Now, just as everyone who saw the video for the first time went Oh, Sh… thinking that the 5 Series is going to rear-end the stalled car at full speed, the driver, with his One Punch Man-level reflexes, reacted so quickly and so precisely that he missed it by what looks like a mere couple of inches.

The best part is that the moment the BMW swerved to the left and avoided the stalled car, the driver immediately changed direction to the right once again in a split second to avoid knocking a tip-top looking Toyota 86 on the middle lane!    

The thing is that the car with the dashcam behind the BMW which was going just as fast, also managed to swerve and avoid the whole thing swiftly and impressively as well.

Good save 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

Posted by Clement Chia on Khamis, 30 April 2020

Now, we don’t know who the drivers of these cars are, where they come from, and if they are related to Vin Diesel or Paul Walker, but the way they reacted and avoided what could have been a mega nasty crash, is nothing short of impressive.

Call it skills, luck, the car, or the driver, but there is no denying that that was one scary scenario these guys got out of.  

And this, ladies and gentlemen, is exactly why we need to stop tailgating, and maintain a safe distance between one another on the road, so that there is enough time to react.   

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