Diesel engines at launch
The new 2.5-litre six cylinder diesel engine develops 177 bhp and 400 Nm of torque between 2,000 and 2,750 rpm, 14 bhp and 50 Nms more than the outgoing 525d Touring. It accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in 8.3 seconds and reaches a top speed of 140 mph. The 525d Touring averages 40.4 mpg on the EU combined cycle.
The new-generation 3.0-litre diesel engine already featured in the 330d, 730d, and X5 3.0d balances near sports car performance with frugality. Producing 218 bhp and 500 Nm of torque, the 530d Touring accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in just 7.2 seconds and achieves a top speed of 150 mph, while still returning 39.2 mpg on the combined cycle.
As an additional benefit for company car drivers, both the 2.5 and 3.0-litre diesel models have a maintenance-free particulate filter to ensure that they comply with the EU4 emissions standards.
The 5 Series Touring entry-level model is the six-cylinder BMW 525i SE Touring. A familiar friend from the previous 5 Series range, the 2.5-litre Bi-VANOS petrol engine develops 192 bhp and 245 Nm of torque at 3,500 rpm while still delivering 28.5 mpg. Accelerating from 0 to 62 mph in 8.2 seconds, the BMW 525i SE Touring achieves a top speed of 144 mph.
The pinnacle of the new Touring range is the high performance BMW 545i SE. Powered by the award-winning 4.4-litre V8 engine and featuring BMW’s VALVETRONIC induction system and Bi-VANOS camshaft timing, the 545i SE develops its 333 bhp and 450 Nm of torque. Completing the 0 to 62 sprint in just 5.9 seconds, it goes on to an electronically-limited 155 mph top speed.
BMW 520i SE and 530i SE Touring models will be launched in spring 2005.
Six-speed gearboxes all round
All models in the BMW 5 Series Touring range feature a six-speed manual gearbox as standard. A six-speed automatic gearbox with Steptronic is available as an option, as is a six-speed Sequential Manual Gearbox with steering wheel-mounted paddles on the BMW 525i and 545i SE variants.