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[VIDEO] A First Look at 2024 BMW 5 Series 520i Minus M Sport

The 2017 BMW 5 Series offers a potent i5 M60 setup, often paired with the M Sport Package. Yet, the eighth generation premium sedan also presents cost-effective options, such as the 520i, devoid of M Sport features. Note, in the US, the range begins with the 530i, making the 520i unavailable.

The video showcases a basic G60 sporting 20-inch aero wheels in Individual Tanzanite Blue Metallic. Inside, the 520i boasts Merino leather and Atlas Grey accents from the Individual collection. This proves that choices extend beyond paint and wheels. The iDrive 8.5’s 14.9-inch display is adorned with a wood finish and an open-pored silver inset.

Since the 520i features a mild hybrid configuration with an electric motor incorporated into the eight-speed automatic transmission, even the base model 5 Series is electrified. Together with the four-cylinder engine, it provides 18 horsepower and 200 Nm (148 lb-ft) of torque in a limited amount of time. The 2.0-litre gasoline turbocharged engine in the ICE generates 190 horsepower and 310 Nm (229 lb-ft) of torque.

While the 520i might not set Nürburgring benchmarks, it’s apt for those seeking a luxury sedan without sporty frills. Its acceleration is decent, reaching 0 to 62 mph in 7.5 seconds, with a max speed of 143 mph. Like other G60 variants, it comes with two pedals. Unlike the earlier G30’s 520d, which once had a clutch pedal, this latest 5 Series model has foregone the manual transmission.

For top-tier performance enthusiasts ready to invest more, patience is vital until next year’s plug-in hybrid M5 launch. Expected to pack nearly four times the punch of the 520i, it’s rumoured to deliver over 700 horsepower, coupling a V8 with an electric system. This same powertrain will also grace the anticipated M5 Touring.

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