BMW: spec geekery beckons!
Buying a Beemer? There's a ton of new stuff lurking in the spec sheets across the model range...
5 Series GT doesn't make it any less sinfully ugly. A 102hp 114i doesn't stand a chance of rousing interest compared to the three times more powerful M135i. Euro 6-compliant X3? Worthy but dull.
However, hidden in this lot are some intriguing new options coming soon. Does diesel terrify you, for example? Well, BMW will launch a 320i EfficientDynamics model in November, with a 170hp 2.0-litre turbo that combines 54.3mpg with 0-62mph in 7.6 seconds. In your face, derv lovers!
The M Sport variant comes to the 3 Series in July: sounds like a mere trim line but, when you see it, you'll know you want it. Even November's 316i isn't the turgid sloth-fest it sounds: packing a 136hp 1.6-litre from the 1 Series, it hits 62mph in 8.9 seconds and, thanks to the light weight of the engine, could well prove even purer and more agile than today's acclaimed 3 Series variants.
What else? BMW now offers a contrast hard top for the Z4, in black or silver metallic. Kicking the 5 Series in the bum now opens the boot lid (and all cars get an electric lid from July). There's a 1,200-Watt Bang & Olufsen stereo option for the 5er too (complete with the Floating Design speakers that so wowed us last week in the 6 Series Gran Coupe). Love the digital multi-configurable dials of the current Range Rover and Jaguar XJ? They're coming to the BMW 5 Series now too. The setup menu will keep you occupied for weeks.