Lightweight construction, ground-breaking technology, more space and market-leading performance hint at continued success for BMW’s ‘legend’
BMW has announced plans for the all-new, fifth-generation 5 Series. On sale in September 2003 in the UK (July in the EU), the 5 Series will feature a combination of innovative technology and lightweight structures that will ensure it retains its number one position in the Executive Car market. At launch the 2.0-litre petrol and 3.0-litre petrol and diesel saloons will be available, followed by the 2.5-litre and 4.4-litre petrol variants in October.
September 2003 launch models:
|Model||Power (bhp)||Torque (Nm)||Top speed||0-62 mph||Economy|
|520i||170||210||143 mph||9.0 sec||31.4 mpg|
|530i||231||300||155 mph||6.9 sec||29.7 mpg|
|530d||218||500||152 mph||7.1 sec||40.9 mpg|
How to improve on perfection?
BMW has set itself the ultimate task in launching a new 5 Series – the benchmark car in its current guise. Innovative technology combined with weight-saving processes, that knock up to 65 kg off the current 5 Series figure, ensure that the best just gets better and provides a genuine new standard for driving dynamics, safety, economy and performance.
The inclusion of all-aluminium suspension, second-generation iDrive technology, adaptive headlights and Brake Force Display with the availability of Active Steering, Dynamic Drive Control and Active Cruise Control offer some indication of the seemingly impossible step up from the current 5 Series. The impressive technology on offer is supplemented by more space throughout and a new design, inside and out, that clearly shows the new 5 as the most powerful, dynamic and sporting car in its class.