The Fifth Gear crew reviews the BMW Activehybrid 5. Can a hybrid impress the car nuts and pro drivers of the Fifth Gear team?
Watch their verdict in the segment which starts at 13:04 of the episode.
Autocar comparison pitting the BMW 520d against the Audi A6 TDI, Jaguar XF, Mercedes Benz E300, and Lexus GS450h.
Check out the verdicts inside.
In addition to the great comparison review between his new 2013 F10 M5 and F10 550i, M5POST member kamichael now shares with us a great set of comparison pics between the M5 and 550i. See inside.
The manual transmission for the BMW M5 is not extinct just yet. The North American market receives a manual transmission option for the 2013 F10 M5 and an M5POST members is one of the first to have an opportunity to test out the manual M5. He has published his review for us, together with video of the 6MT shifting action. Read on inside…
Chris Harris drives the BMW M550d xDrive, the first in the line of new BMW M Performance vehicles.
It has more torque than the space shuttle and BMW claims it will do over 40mpg. BMW also says it won’t be selling the car in the UK or the US, the places that DRIVE is most commonly viewed. But when something has 3 turbos, you’ve got to go drive it at 155mph: no? … asks Chris Harris.
BMW is closing the gap between its most powerful regular cars and the M GmbH’s ultra high-performance models. Under the “M Performance” moniker, a number of new vehicles will be released soon. Munich is starting out with several powerful diesel models, but gasoline-powered M Performance cars are sure to follow.
We had the chance to sample the M550d xDrive (official info thread) for an 85-mile drive, starting at the M GmbH’s headquarters in Garching near Munich and leading to a nice, Bavarian lunch stop at Gut Sedlbrunn, north of Augsburg.
A first walk around the car reveals the subtle changes which set this M Performance model just slightly apart from the regular 5 series, while keeping a respectful distance to the M5. The M550d xDrive is equipped … CONTINUED
The first test drives of the all new BMW M550d xDrive model [official info/specs] are underway and here is the first video footage courtesy of Sport Auto. The M550d represents one of BMW’s new lineup of M Performance Vehicles (together with the X5 and X6 M50d and upcoming M135i), which bridge the gap between standard series cars and M cars.
The M550d xDrive features an inline 6 cylinder diesel engine good for 381hp and 546lb-ft torque.
Its official factory quoted performance stats puts it at 4.7 sec 0-62mph and a top speed of 155mph, and fuel economy of 44.8mpg (imp) / 35.84 MPG (US gallon). Unfortunately, the M550d will not be making it stateside.
At a glance:
New BMW M GmbH product range based … CONTINUED
Motor Trend has driven the latest 528i with a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder (N20) engine instead of the traditional six-cylinder engine. What’s their take?
In sum: It offers more power, performance, and fuel economy from a smaller, more efficient, albeit more expensive, package. Read what else they have to say inside.
Insideline takes the 2012 528i with its new 2.0L turbocharged inline 4 cylinder N20 engine for a spin. Like others they’ve been impressed by the versatility of the N20.