Entering the market with six-cylinder power units - The 520i, 530i, and 530d reaching customers in July 2003
To be launched in the European markets in July 2003, the new BMW 5 Series will be initially appearing in three variants featuring straight-six power units: The 520i developing maximum output of 125 kW/170 bhp and maximum torque of 210 Nm/155 lb-ft, the 530i with 170 kW/231 bhp and 300 Nm/ 221 lb-ft, both models featuring BMW's unique, silken-smooth bi-VANOS spark ignition engines, and the 530d developing maximum output of 160 kW/218 bhp and maximum torque of 500 Nm/369 lb-ft and powered by BMW's new diesel featuring second-generation common rail technology. All three variants come as standard with a new six-speed manual gearbox, with six-speed automatic being available as an option on all model variants.
The BMW 520i/530d/530i accelerate from 0-100 kilometres in 9.0/7.1/6.9 seconds and achieve a top speed of 230/245/250 kilometres/h (143/152/155 mph), with fuel consumption in the composite EU cycle of 9.0/6.9/9.5 litres/100 kilometres (31.3/40.9/29.7 mpg Imp).
The 520iA, the 525i displacing 2.5 litres and with maximum output of 141 kW/192 bhp plus maximum torque of 245 Nm/181 lb-ft, and, in particular, the 545i with a V8 power unit displacing 4.4 litres and developing 245 kW/333 bhp, with 450 Nm/332 lb-ft maximum torque, and with innovative VALVETRONIC, will be following in autumn 2003.
Whilst larger and more spacious than its predecessor, the new saloon is not heavier, but even - depending on the model - up to 75 kilograms (165 lb) lighter. This is attributable inter alia to the lightweight aluminium front section combined with the rest of the body-in-white made of steel to take a trendsetting step into the future of bodywork construction.
Despite its increase in size and the wider range of comfort features, the BMW 5 Series offers a standard of all-round performance setting new benchmarks in the Executives Express Segment on a relatively low level of fuel consumption.
Design: Sporting, Refined, Unmistakable
In its looks and appearance, the new 5 Series combines the dynamism and sporting flair of the 3 Series with the supremacy and presence of the BMW 7 Series. Through its design alone, the new Saloon thus forms the powerful centrepoint within the BMW model range. The muscular front end with its unmistakable, curved headlight clusters featuring dual headlights and the coupé-like 'greenhouse' clearly bear testimony to the car's sporting and dynamic character.