BMW have just announced the pending arrival of their 520d turbo-diesel sedan. Due in dealers showrooms during November the new 520d will be the cheapest way into the BMW 5-Series club with pricing starting at an almost reasonable $79,900.
Featuring BMWâ€™s second generation common rail fuel injection and variable-geometry turbocharger the 2.0-litre diesel engine produces a respectable 125 kW and 340 Nm. Power peaks at 4,000rpm while maximum torque is available from a low 1,750rpm.
BMWâ€™s six-speed automatic transmission is standard and helps see the 520d rocket (this is only 2.0-litres remember) from standstill to 100km/h in 8.6 seconds, whilst averaging a combined cycle 6.1 L/100km. Only a diesel could achieve this in a car the size of a 5-Series beemer.
Tree-huggers will be pleased to note that the 520d says NO to global warming by only producing 162g/km of CO2, so we can all breathe easier.
Click on the link below to read the BMW press release.
BMW 5 SERIES GAINS NEW DIESEL MODEL â€“ 14/08/2007
With turbo-diesel power widely available across its range of luxury passenger sedans and Sports Activity Vehicle models - including the 120d, 320d, 530d, X3 2.0d and 3.0d, and the X5 3.0d - BMW clearly leads the premium diesel market in Australia.
Now, BMW firmly stamps its mark on the luxury segment with the arrival in November of the new 520d turbo-diesel sedan.
Joining the recently announced X3 2.0d Sports Activity Vehicle, the 520d uses the same all-alloy 2.0-litre engine, adding another turbo-diesel option to the range and supplementing the six-cylinder 530d.
The new 520dâ€™s high-torque, four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine boasts powerful and spirited performance along with ultra-low fuel consumption and exhaust emissions.
With its second-generation common rail fuel injection and variable-geometry turbocharger, the 520d engine produces 125 kW at a relaxed 4,000 rpm, as well as a surging 340 Nm of torque that is available from as low as 1,750 rpm to provide impressive pulling power.
Equipped as standard with BMWâ€™s six-speed automatic transmission and capable of accelerating from zero to 100 km/h in 8.6 seconds, the new 520d is endowed with the sporting all-round performance that is central to the BMW philosophy.
Yet, with a fuel consumption of merely 6.1 litres/100 km on the combined cycle, the 520d offers small-car fuel consumption.
This frugality is augmented by low exhaust emissions, with the CO2 output of just 162 g/km made possible with the combination of advanced BMW engine management and the standard exhaust system particle filter.
Accompanying the sparkling efficiency and on-road dynamics of the new BMW 520d are the high levels of luxury and passenger comfort that have made the 5 Series an outstanding world-wide success.
As well as advanced BMW safety technology that includes anti-lock brakes (ABS), Dynamic Brake Control (DBC), Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) with ASC+T (Automatic Stability Control Plus Traction) and eight airbags, the 520d is equipped with 16-inch star spoke alloy wheels, high-gloss wood interior trim in Bamboo grain, Poplar brown or Poplar light, Dakota leather upholstery, Control Display with 6.5" colour monitor and Radio Navigation, Bluetooth preparation, BMW Professional radio with in-dash CD player and CD changer in the glove box, USB/Audio interface, dual automatic climate control, automatic anti-dazzle interior mirror, multi-function leather steering wheel, on-board computer with outside temperature display and controller on centre console, and power adjustment for front-seat backrest angle and height.
The new BMW 520d Automatic is priced from $79,900 and makes the brilliant 5 Series accessible to an even wider range of Australian luxury car buyers.