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BMW 520i makes a come back

By SYF77 on 17 Oct 2011

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The German based automaker, BMW, has finally revealed a series of engine updates for their 2012 5 Series model year, namely the 520i, 525d and 528i. For Singapore buyers, perhaps the 520i is the most interesting model to keep a lookout. Currently, the base BMW 5 series model on sale in the Lion City is the 523i, powered by a 2.5 liter straight 6 unit. It generates 204 bhp and propels the luxury sedan from 0 to 100km/h in 8.2 secs.

Providing propulsion power for the new 520i is the 2.0 liter TwinPower Turbo, featuring direction injection and Valvetronic technologies. In this iteration, it generates 184 bhp between 5000 to 6250 rpm and helps the 520i to complete the century sprint in 8.0 sec when mated to an eight speed automatic transmission. Compared to its arch rival, the Mercedes E200 CGI BlueEfficiency, the 520i takes 0.2 sec shorter to reach the 100km/h mark. However, one has to note that the E200 looses about 200cc to the 520i in terms of engine capacity. The E200 also manage to produce the same 184 bhp as the 520i, despite being a 1.8 liter. In terms of gearbox technology, the E200 trails behind the 520i by being equipped with only a 5 speed automatic transmission (Source: http://www.mercedes-benz.com.sg). Although the 520i loses to the 523i in terms of horsepower figure, the new base model reaches 100km/h faster, so there is nothing to be ashamed of. The new 528i uses the same 2.0 litre TwinPower Turbo, albeit in a different state of tune. It produces 245 bhp and 350Nm of torque, which is a whopping 80Nm more than the 520i. These translate to a century sprint figure of 6.3 sec.

Both the 520i and 528i are happy to drink just RON 92 fuel, if potential buyers are concerned about rising pump prices. The detailed specifications can be found below.

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Written by SYF77
I have been a car fanatic since 1989, when my father was changing our family car then to a Toyota Corolla 1.6 GL fitted with a Twin Cam 16 valve engine that was carburetor-fed, a big deal back in those days. The automobile technology and industry fascinates me and I hope to broadcast these interesting developments to everyone out there through this blog.

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Jetabout777 Oct 17 2011 01:32 PM
I was wondering about the new "direction injection" technology.
SYF77 Oct 17 2011 04:00 PM
Oppos. Thanks for pointing out the typo. It should read as "Direct Injection" instead.
Paddie Oct 17 2011 05:31 PM
The engine can take 92 RON fuel but it will produce reduced power. This is the case for most BMWs. It still needs 95 or 98 for full performance.
Mecontle Oct 17 2011 11:19 PM
bmw is now a master of turbo engines
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