All-New 2024 BMW 5 Series Unleashes its Electric Energy at BMW Test Fest

Experienced by Daryl Killian

The 8th generation of the iconic BMW 5 Series has arrived and it’s making history with the first-ever all-electric variant, the 2024 BMW i5 introduced during BMW Test Fest 2023. Elevating the standards of luxury and performance, the latest 5 Series combines cutting-edge technology, sophisticated design, and a commitment to sustainability that marks a bold step forward in the premium mobility category.

BMW Test Fest 2023

BMW’s automotive extravaganza is where domestic and international media enthusiasts converge to experience the epitome of ultimate driving machines. Last week’s edition was an unparalleled showcase, allowing attendees to immerse themselves in the latest offerings from the BMW Group. Picture yourself navigating the scenic roads of Greenville, South Carolina, or pushing the limits of BMW engineering on the track at the BMW Performance Center while exploring cutting-edge features and performance from BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce, and BMW Motorrad.

Among the standout highlights were the much-anticipated 5 Series and the groundbreaking iX5 Hydrogen. The opulent and all-electric Rolls-Royce Spectre, MINI Countryman John Cooper Works, and celebrating the significant milestone of 100 Years of BMW Motorrad added an extra layer of excitement to this year’s automotive fiesta. Media attendees had the opportunity to witness innovation, luxury, and heritage that defined the essence of the BMW Group at Test Fest.

Design that Commands Attention

The exterior of the new BMW 5 Series embodies an impressive combination of sporty elegance and modern aesthetics. The iconic twin headlights and distinctive BMW kidney grille, inspired by the legendary “Sharknose” of early 5 Series generations give the sedan an authoritative presence on the road. With increased dimensions — including a longer wheelbase — the new model promises improved seating comfort (especially in the rear) without compromising its dynamic appeal.

Adding to the allure are the modern front design elements such as nearly vertical daytime driving light icons and the optional illuminated BMW kidney grille. The range of exterior paint colors, including expressive Frozen paint finishes allows for a personalized touch. At the same time, the electric BMW i5 M60 xDrive stands out with specific design features that emphasize its dynamic performance.

Innovative Interior for a Digital Age

Step inside the new BMW 5 Series and you’re greeted by a harmonious blend of driving pleasure, comfort, and innovation. The fully digital BMW Curved Display takes center stage, featuring a 12.3” Information Display and a 14.9” Control Display. This central hub, powered by BMW Operating System 8.5, offers a new graphic display, optimized touch operation, and QuickSelect access for an intuitive user experience.

The future of driving entertainment with groundbreaking technology is here. In collaboration with the gaming platform AirConsole, BMW introduces an unparalleled in-car gaming experience, allowing drivers and passengers to compete casually during stationary moments, such as while charging the i5. The setup is seamless, requiring only a smartphone and the BMW Curved Display. With the AirConsole app launched in the vehicle, a quick QR code scan establishes a connection as players dive into the gaming world instantly. This unique configuration enables multiple players to engage in in-car features simultaneously, fostering a shared experience for all occupants whether in collaboration or competition.

The interior exudes a modern, sporty flair with features like the BMW Interaction Bar with ambient lighting, My Modes for customizable driving experiences, and a new gear selector switch on the center console. The available M Sport Professional package adds further sophistication with an illuminated BMW kidney grille and other exclusive design elements.

Performance that Thrills

The new BMW 5 Series offers a range of powertrains, but the spotlight is on the first-ever all-electric BMW i5. Two variants, the BMW i5 M60 xDrive and BMW i5 eDrive40 redefine electric driving with remarkable specifications.

The BMW i5 M60 xDrive ($84,100) boasts a staggering 593-horsepower, propelling it from 0 to 60 mph in a mere 3.7 seconds. This feat makes the argument that the new i5 could be the embodiment of all-electric driving pleasure. The BMW i5 eDrive40 ($66,800) with 335-horsepower delivers a spirited performance with a 0-60 mph acceleration of 5.7 seconds. Both models feature innovative driving enhancements, including the Sport Boost function, which ensures a dynamic and responsive driving experience.

Embracing Sustainability and Innovation

The global launch of the new BMW 5 Series marks a significant step toward sustainable premium mobility. The sedan’s flexible architecture accommodates all-electric drivetrains, highly efficient internal combustion engines with 48-volt mild hybrid technology, and plug-in hybrid systems. With an estimated 256-mile range for the BMW i5 M60 xDrive, the new 5 Series proves that sustainability can go hand in hand with exhilarating performance.

Starting at $57,900 for a 2024 530i, the all-new BMW 5 Series redefines luxury, elegance, and performance in the realm of premium sedans. It’s obvious that BMW is committed to innovation, sustainability, and the pursuit of driving pleasure in the digital age. As it hits the roads, the new BMW 5 Series is set to captivate discerning drivers with its unparalleled blend of luxury and aspirational allure.



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