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2018 BMW 5 series – A Masterclass Among Sedans

 

It is here! The boldest and the most anticipated saloon car of the year and maybe of the decade – the new BMW 5 series. BMW unveiled it just in time to fight with the newest Mercedes-Benz E-class. These two have been sworn enemies for decades and the new 5 series has to be better than it ever was to acquire the customer and driver affection. It is a hard job with so much fantastic luxury limousines around. BMW is looking to do it by improving on every part of the BMW 5 series imaginable. And when we say every, we really do mean it.

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This is a G30 BMW 5 series – a car built upon the new Cluster Architecture platform (CLAR), shared with the new 7 series. See what did BMW do here! E-class has a lot in common with the C-class. The 5 series, on the other hand, has more in common with the 7 series. This could be a deciding factor as the new architecture certainly has its merits.

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Built around carbon fiber, aluminum, magnesium and high-strength steel architecture, new 5 series is a technological masterpiece, just like the new 7 series. Yet, it did retain its characteristic poise and stance with only a handful of interesting styling differentiations. Front lights link with the massive kidney grille, rear lights are even bigger than before and all of them feature fantastic LED setup as standard. Optionally, one can have Adaptive LED headlights and “BMW Selective Beam anti-dazzle high-beam with a range of up to 500 metres.”

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Although the changes to the overall look are not as prominent as one would expect, the fact is that every panel is redesigned and aerodynamically enhanced. This is why in its “most slippery” version the 5 series has a drag coefficient of only 0.22 Cd. We are quite sure they shared info about the 520d Efficient Dynamics version available in Europe. Nevertheless, every one of them has an active grille shutter and a number of other aerodynamic tricks making the car slippery. All this in honor of fuel efficiency and less harmful emissions.

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Even the advanced architecture helps fuel efficiency and emissions. Thanks to extensive diet some versions of the BMW 5 series lost up to 220 lbs. This is quite a lot considering the car did grow a bit more than an inch in length. Yes, it is bigger. Even bigger than the 7 series from the start of the Nineties.

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This actually does not matter that much as the car is lighter and in the M Sport guise or the M550i xDrive guise it does look sleeker. What does matter is all the technology inside. Don’t get your hopes up about it having some crazy electric drive. BMW is still very much in love with all the oil it can see.

So, the backbone for this car are four cylinder engines. 530i has one. It is a two liter turbocharged unit with 252 hp. 530e iPerformance also has one – but this one is electronically assisted for, again, 252 hp. As a plug-in hybrid 530e iPerformance can travel almost 30 miles using electricity. Bigger fish in the sea is the 540i with the three liter Twinpower Turbo and 340hp, while the top notch car comes in the form of the M550i xDrive. This one moves with 462 hp and it is the only V8 available. True, we expect the V8 in the M too.

530e iPerformance also has one – but this one is electronically assisted for, again, 252 hp. As a plug-in hybrid 530e iPerformance can travel almost 30 miles using electricity. Bigger fish in the sea is the 540i with the three liter Twinpower Turbo and 340hp, while the top notch car comes in the form of the M550i xDrive. This one moves with 462 hp and it is the only V8 available. True, we expect the V8 in the M too.

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A peculiar fact about the M550i is its blistering 0-62mph time. It finishes it in 4 seconds flat. This is faster than the M5 F10. Amazing. While all this horsepower game may sound a bit too much and a bit boring, get ready to be blown away by the fact that the 5 series can assist a lot. Accordingly equipped with stuff such as “the optional Active Cruise Control (ACC) system and Steering and Lane keeping assistant” it can drive itself. Well, sort of, on the highway up to speeds of 130 mph. Other high-tech includes a bigger head up display, fantastic gesture control system and a multitude of other assistant features. These include Remote Parking system, On-Street Parking Information, BMW ConnectedDrive services and other. Sure, WiFi spot and Internet connection included.

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All in all, you’ll have to wait for the next year to get a chance to enjoy the new 5 series. We do not doubt it will come in more versions than we know about now. Even a 530d diesel may appear here. They already announced it for Europe as well as the 520d. Nevertheless, BMW prepared the eight-speed Steptronic for all versions. No other transmission is available, but one could choose a RWD or a xDrive model. OK, if you are in Europe, than the entry level 520d comes with a 6-speed stick shift.

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I do not have spare time. All there is is car time. 12 years and counting. I am a Central European gearhead, but you are probably thinking - aaa a disposable Borg drone! Well, actually, I like to dress up like James Bond too. The only thing I need to be him is an Aston Martin (and I love DBS more than DB5 because, reasons). That's something I guess.