While BMW has already announced the all-new 5 Series sports sedan to the world, the Munich-based automaker chose the 2017 North American International Auto Show for the public debut of its popular sedan.

While not a radical departure, the all new 5 Series is much more advanced, lighter, and offers better performance than the current car.

In some specifications, the new 5 is 100 kilograms lighter than before, and the new car features available driver assistance systems. There will be a full range of models on offer with diesel, gasoline, and plug-in hybrid drivetrain options.

At VVUZZ, we’re already fans of BMW’s plug ins, so we’re looking forward to the 530e iPerformance sedan. With its combined torque output of 310 pounds-feet, the company says it will do zero to 100 km/h in 6.2 seconds and can also drive up to 50 km on solely electric power. As well, you can drive in electric mode all the way up to 140 km/h, so with this 530e you might just have your cake and be able to eat it, too.

On the other end of the spectrum, the new M550i xDrive has a rear-wheel biased all-wheel drive system and looks to be a sledgehammer of speed – and keep in mind that this sports sedan is slotted below the upcoming M5. The turbocharged, 4.4-litre V8 makes 462 horsepower and produces its peak torque of 479 pounds-feet at 1,800 RPM. BMW says this 550i is good for a 4-second flat zero to 100 km/h run. Expect it to beat that in the real world.

This performance-minded 5 sits 10mm lower than standard and includes unique steering calibration as well as bigger brakes matched to its performance envelope. It’s so thoroughly developed that, heck, this 550i even has a Gurney Flap on its boot lid.

We’re looking forward to a test of the new BMW 5 Series as soon as we can get our hands on one.


Images courtesy of BMW.

Published on Jan 09, 2017