CAR OF THE MONTH
BMW 5: Bavarian business class
Written by: Jan Tuček
The new BMW Series 5 sedans offer
state-of-the art technology, attractive design, and an extraordinary
dose of the joy of driving.
THIS SPACIOUS 4.84 meter-long sedan stands
out with its characteristic, markedly dynamic lines, as well as
with its lighter body construction, which takes advantage of unique
technology that combines aluminum and steel elements. The decreased
weight is also attributed to the all-aluminum construction of the
front and rear suspension, and the chassis, besides coming with
a range of safety systems (ABS, ASC, DSC, DTC), can also be fitted
with the Dynamic Drive active stabilization kit, which allows a
merging of marked sportscar handling with prime comfort for passengers.
Another innovation is a programmable heads-up display that is
projected on the windshield, showing information on the vehicle's
operation, including navigation. Safety is greatly enhanced by
the separation of controls - driving functions are concentrated
on the steering wheel and surrounding area, while the convenient,
compact iDrive control is placed on the central panel. The basic
model, costing CZK 1,181,300, is the BMW 520i sedan, 2.2-l, 170
hp (125 kW), gasoline engine, mated to a direct-geared six-speed
transmission, and its top speed is 230 km/h. The 3.0-l, six-cylinder
BMW 530i and 530d models both sell for CZK 1,392,000 - the former
has a gasoline engine that turns out 231 hp (170 kW), and the latter
has a Common Rail turbo-diesel engine tuned to 218 hp (160 kW).
They are also available with six-speed Steptronic automatic transmissions
for CZK 1,448,000.