For some industry specialists, the high-performance luxury sedan market is partially dominated by Mercedes-Benz, a German marker that represents pure quality and the finest experience on the road. Its eternal rival, BMW, have lost some ground during the last few years, according to some critics. So every single release of 5-series models normally catches everybody’s attention.
It’s almost natural to be curious about how hard BMW is trying to beat some tough competitors that have the three-pointed star on them. In this case, the 2017 BMW 5-series is a model that makes huge promises. This beautifully built sedan has enough power onboard to leave behind its most aggressive rivals in the segment.
A sports sedan that is ready to over-deliver: this is something we can say about the 2017 5-series just to begin with.
Powerplant and Interesting Specs
The 2017 5-series will offer two different engines so far; the first one is a turbocharged intercooled DOHC 16-valve 2.0-litre inline-4, while the second is a turbocharged intercooled DOHC 24-valve 3.0-litre inline-6. According to the actual information that is available about this renovated series, there is going to be a single transmission for this 2017 model: an 8-speed automatic gearbox with manual shifting mode.
Regarding the power output for each engine, we find that the 2.0-litre inline-4 will generate up to 248 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of maximum torque. On the other hand, the 3.0-litre inline-6 will push the boundaries by delivering up to 335 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque.
The different setups set the conditions for different performances. The smaller engine will move the 2017 5-series from zero to 60 mph in less than 6 seconds. The inline-6 seems capable of moving this German gentile beast from zero to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds approximately.
Despite being a mid-end performance sedan, the top speed for the inline-4 version is 130 mph (209 km/h) and for the inline-6, 155 mph (249 km/h). It could go faster but before making any conclusions, we must consider its curb weight beyond the 4000-pound-mark (around 1800 kg). Nevertheless, acceleration seems really quick.
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The evolution from past year’s 5-series seems to be highly significant, mostly in terms of performance. Some industry critics that had the chance to test it, claimed that the chassis and steering are now way more responsive. The engines were also modified for the 2017 model, providing quicker times and improved fuel consumption.
Visually, both on the exterior and interior, we can see several modifications as well. The body form has slightly changed in other to offer a fresher feeling, along with modern, performance-focused traits. In the interior, a whole new infotainment system is the star of the show. The previous model had a hard-to-use system that most people disliked.
Onboard we find plenty of driving and comfort technologies. While the latter do their job as expected, it seems that driving tech like the lane-keeping system affects the experience for worse.
The Bottom Line
The 2017 BMW 5-series represents a right movement from the German company in order to take back some ground in this segment. Both 530i and 540i trims are making huge promises and are keeping buyers aware of the renovated player in town.
The prices start at US$53,000 for the 530i and US$60,000 for the 540i.