Eight-speed autos with stop-start to debut on new 5-series
23 March 2010

The BMW 5-series is expected to be the first car to get the firm's new eight-speed automatic gearbox linked to a stop-start system.

The fuel-saving technology is expected to be available to buy by the middle of next year, and company insiders report that it improves fuel consumption by more than five per cent.

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The first right-hand drive BMW 5-series cars are expected to be on the roads imminently.

The 520d SE will cost £28,165 on the road, £625 more than the outgoing model. But this includes extra kit (leather seats are now standard on all 5s, along with an improved stereo) which would previously have cost over £2000.

List price of the lowly petrol 523i SE is £30,560 and the 550i SE costs £49,440.

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23 March 2010

[quote Autocar]The BMW 5-series is expected to be the first car to get the firm's new eight-speed automatic gearbox linked to a stop-start system.

The fuel-saving technology is expected to be available to buy by the middle of next year, and company insiders report that it improves fuel consumption by more than five per cent.

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You mean it ain't already in the 5GT? Or is this just a signal that already they're preparing to abandon the GT as the horrendous abortion that it is. The new 5 had better be roomier in the back than the GT, because the GT's rear passenger compartment is really cramped (and I'm barely 5' 10").

23 March 2010

Strange that! I am 6'4" and was able to sit comfortably behind another 6 footer.

As for the whole abortion thing, I have to disagree. Saw a well specced (outside anyway) 530d GT on the road and think it looks really well. Granted, wouldn't buy one. New 5 more my thing.

Wonder if the 8 speed is going to be available on the 520d and is there going to be a 523d or is that being badged the 525d?

24 March 2010

[quote beemerboy]

Strange that! I am 6'4" and was able to sit comfortably behind another 6 footer.

As for the whole abortion thing, I have to disagree. Saw a well specced (outside anyway) 530d GT on the road and think it looks really well. Granted, wouldn't buy one. New 5 more my thing.

Wonder if the 8 speed is going to be available on the 520d and is there going to be a 523d or is that being badged the 525d?

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No, the x23d is being kept away from the 5, they prefer the smoothness of the six to the punch of the twin-turbo four. More to the point than what's getting the 8-speed, why aren't they offering the manual in the GT, when the same engines in the 5 are getting it?

As for room inside, I didn't move seats about, but I believe that the rear bench may slide. Certainly, leg room was ample for me, but headroom was far from, suggesting that the bench was all the way back.

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