BMW has announced a series of updates across its various model ranges, all coming this September.
M Sport spec for new 5 Series
First up, the new BMW 5 Series saloon and Touring estate will soon be available in M Sport specification.
Comprising 18-inch alloy wheels, aerodynamic bodywork enhancements, upgraded suspension and a spruced-up interior, this is likely to become the trim level of choice for British buyers. Prices start at £31,270 for the 520d M Sport saloon, rising to £53,615 for the 550i M Sport saloon.
New 535d with 295bhp
Also new in the BMW 5 Series range is the 535d – a 295bhp twin-turbo 3.0-litre straight-six diesel.
Capable of propelling the saloon from 0-62mph in just 5.7 seconds, it produces 442lb ft of torque at just 1,750rpm and returns 46.3mpg according to official EU testing figures.
This engine has also been confirmed for the Touring, alongside the 525d turbodiesel and the 528i petrol.
Range-topping X1 now more efficient
By making a six-speed manual gearbox standard from September, BMW has reduced the X1 xDrive23d’s CO2 emissions from 167g/km to 158g/km, with combined fuel economy improving to 47.1mpg (according to EU figures).
The 201bhp engine shoves the X1 from 0-62mph in 7.3 seconds, regardless of transmission. The six-speed automatic remains available as an option.
Z4 Design Pure Impulse package
‘Design Pure Impulse’ is a new equipment package for the BMW Z4 roadster.
Costing between £550 and £2,200 more than standard depending on model, this includes black Alcantara/Nappa leather sports seats with yellow accents, black Alcantara dash cover with contrast yellow stitching and piano black interior trimmings.
The Pure Design Impulse Z4 is available in a number of exclusive exterior colours including the less-than-subtle ‘Atacama Yellow’.
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