BMW i5 – electric, stylistically confident and immediately available for your tests as M60 and eDrive 40

Gen. eight of the BMW 5 Series – now also electric. BMW has been sending its 5 Series onto the road against its premium competitors since the summer of 1972. The eighth generation continues this long tradition, despite having four drive concepts for the first time. Advantages: well-known design, genuine ‘driving pleasure’ (see below) and retention of the operating concept with the iDrive controller. Disadvantage: The interior lacks the spacious impression we know from other BEVs - such as the EQE, Nio ET7 or Tesla Model S. BMW is trying to counteract this. With considerably larger dimensions for the 5 Series, instrument design with a futuristic flair (curved housing with two displays) and a wealth of entertainment electronics including in-car gaming.

The BMW future concept – all drive types in one architecture

Initial drives in the new BMW i5 reveal that the electric version also performs like a 5 Series should. Sporty, committed, nimble. Something that cannot be taken for granted with an unladen weight of over 2,300 kg. The adaptive M Professional chassis in the M60 specification plays a major part in this. This is why we consider BMW's strategy of offering petrol, diesel, plug-in hybrid and BEV models in one body architecture to be quite successful. This is where the conceptual difference to the expected main competitor, the Mercedes EQE, lies. There are likely to be some extremely exciting comparison drives when the two German premium brands go head-to-head.

A quick check of the BMW i5 M60 xDrive (eDrive 40 data in brackets):

  • Length 5.06 m, width 1.90 m, height 1.51 m
  • xDrive all-wheel drive (rear-wheel drive)
  • Electrically energized synchronous motors with 442 kW / 601 hp output (250 kW / 340 hp)
  • Torque: 795 Nm (400 Nm)
  • Acceleration to 100 km/h: 3.8 seconds (6.0 seconds)
  • Maximum speed electronically limited: 230 km/h (193 km/h)
  • Net battery capacity: 81.2 kWh
  • Electric range according to WLTP: 516 km (582 km)
  • ‘Range Mode’: increases remaining range by up to 25% through performance limitation and speed limit at 90 km/h
  • Charging capacities up to 205 kW DC and 22 (11) kW AC
  • Adaptive M Professional chassis (semi-active chassis with rear air suspension)
  • Integral active steering (rear axle steering up to 2.5 degrees) for the M60

Are you planning tests or CarClinics with the new BMW i5?

Or maybe you want to compare it with electric and conventionally powered competitor vehicles? Book the BMW i5 M60 xDrive and eDrive 40 with us now. We can also provide you with matching competitor models with electric and combustion engines if required.

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