Two new models, the 545i SE and 525i SE, promise to boost the appeal of BMW’s eagerly anticipated 5 Series range from October. These join launch variants, the 520i SE, 530i SE and 530d SE, which arrive in the UK from 18 September 2003.
Priced at £41,555.00 on-the-road, the range topping BMW 545i SE features the 4,393 cc V8 engine with VALVETRONIC, which also lies at the heart of the new BMW 645Ci luxury Coupé that will be unveiled at the Frankfurt Auto Show. A six-speed manual gearbox comes as standard, with the option of a six-speed automatic priced at £1,350.00. For those who prefer Formula 1 style shifting, there is also a Sequential Manual Gearbox (SMG) option with steering wheel paddles and gearshift lever priced at £880.00.
Maximum power is boosted to 333 bhp, 47 bhp more than the outgoing 540i. Maximum torque peaks at 450 Nm at 3,700 rpm, with 80 per cent of torque available between 1,500 and 6,400 rpm. From rest, the 545i SE reaches 62 mph in just 5.8 seconds and its electronically limited 155 mph top speed is achievable in both fifth and sixth gears. However despite these impressive performance figures, the new BMW 545i SE delivers a frugal 25.9 mpg in the combined EU fuel consumption cycle.
The new BMW 525i SE, priced at £26,955.00 on-the-road, is powered by BMW’s award winning 2,494 cc engine. This develops up to 192 bhp with maximum torque of 245 Nm at 3,500 rpm. It takes just 7.9 seconds to hit 62 mph with a top speed of 148 mph. Performance is balanced with economy with the 525i SE delivering 30.1 mpg on the combined cycle.
As well as a strong product line-up, private and fleet buyers will be tempted by strong 5 Series residual values, according to figures released for the three launch variants. CAP Monitor reveals competitive 3-year / 60,000 mile figures of 43% for the 520i SE, 44% for the 530d SE and 40% for the 530i SE.
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