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BMW 520d Gran Turismo joins new range in Australia

July 31, 2012

BMW Australia has announced the updated 5 Series Gran Turismo range, including introducing the new entry-level BMW 520d Gran Turismo. Economy has been improved across the board, while power has been increased for the 530d.

The 530d version has been given a power boost with the updated model. It’s 3.0-litre turbo-diesel now produces 190kW of power and 560Nm (up from 180kW). It’s able to crack 0-100km/h in a brisk 6.2 seconds, while also offering an average fuel economy rating of 5.8L/100km.

Back to the new entry level 520d model. It comes with a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine producing 135kW and 380Nm. It’s able to sprint from 0-100km/h in 8.9 seconds, while offering a super-efficient economy rating of just 5.3L/100km.

With the introduction of various EfficientDynamics features, such as electronic steering and automatic stop-start, even the economy of the 535i GT – with its 3.0-litre turbocharged petrol inline six – has been improved. It consumes an average of 8.2L/100km, which is not bad for a vehicle with 225kW and 400Nm.

Like the new BMW 3 Series, all 5 Series GT models now come with BMW’s Driving Experience Control. Basically this provides the driver with the option of selecting different driving modes to suit the conditions, with Comfort and Sport, and an ‘ECO PRO’ mode to maximise economy.

All 5 Series GTs are now available with the M Sport pack as well. This sprinkles the GT in various M performance features, such as a sports steering wheel, sporty bucket seats, sports suspension, a subtle bodykit, and a set of 20-inch alloy wheels.

Phil Horton, BMW Group Australia managing director, recently spoke about the new range. He said,

“The 5 Series range is iconic and was the class leader in sales last year. Now with the new entry level model, revised pricing and improved specification of the Gran Turismo we are set to build on that success.”

Pricing for the new range is as follows (excluding on-road costs):

2012 BMW 520d Gran Turismo – $89,900
2012 BMW 530d Gran Turismo – $103,500
2012 BMW 535i Gran Turismo – $109,400

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.