BMW Great Britain has announced the launch of Sport models for the 5 Series Saloon and Touring range. Visually similar to the recently unveiled high-performance M5 saloon, Sport models feature a number of interior and exterior enhancements over the existing 5 Series SE variants, as well as a distinctly sporting and agile ride courtesy of M Sports suspension.
M Sports suspension features recalibrated dampers and stiffer springs as well as lowering the car by 15mm, but this does not compromise ride comfort. The new 5 Series Sport models have a similar suspension set up to the forthcoming high-performance M5, sharing links and bushes to provide the perfect mix of handling and comfort.
Externally, Sport models feature a new front bumper and valance with a wider air intake for improved aerodynamics. The side profile is enhanced by flared side sills, de-chromed window surrounds and bespoke 18-inch M Light alloy double spoke wheels. A new rear bumper and apron includes Park Distance Control. For the full sporting package, customers can also specify the optional M rear boot spoiler at a cost of £135.00. Sport models are available in two solid and five metallic colours, alongside five colours from BMW’s Individual palette to enable customers to personalise their cars even more.
Internally, all Sport models come with cloth / Nappa leather combination (545i standard with Dakota leather throughout) covering part electric sports seats (fully electric on 545i). Aluminium cube-styled interior trim adorns the dashboard, centre console and doors while an M Sports multi-function steering wheel, M door sill kick plates and an anthracite headlining complete the sporting look.
Historically, Sport models accounted for over 60 per cent of the previous 5 Series variants, and the new 5 Series Sport models are expected to continue the theme and account for a similar ratio of new 5 Series sales.Model and OTR price breakdown
|520i Sport Saloon||£29,550|
|525i Sport Saloon||£31,225|
|525d Sport Saloon||£31,775|
|530i Sport Saloon||£34,675|
|530d Sport Saloon||£35,175|
|535d Sport Saloon||£39,200|
|545i Sport Saloon||£44,500|
|525i Sport Touring||£33,150|
|525d Sport Touring||£33,850|
|530d Sport Touring||£37,225|
|535d Sport Touring||£41,225|
|545i Sport Touring||£46,525|
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