BMW 5-series Touring (G31)

Last week, Bavarian carmaker BMW announced the estate version of its new E-segment car, the 5 series. Along with the new variant came additional engines to the line-up, including some more powerful options.

In general; BMW likes to receive a €2500 premium for the estate over the regular sedan version. In exchange, you get up to 1700 liters of boot space, which is more than competitors like the Audi A6 and Volvo V90 offer. It is also possible to get the rear window to open separately from the rest of the trunk door for added practicality.

Design-wise, we are very happy with the job BMW’s designers did on the new rear end. It looks very strong and muscular (especially with the optional M package shown above) without becoming too arrogant and lumpish.

Engine-wise, BMW is kicking things off with the 520d 4-cylinder turbocharged diesel plant, sporting 190 hp and theoretically very nice mpg at 3.9l per 100km. MSRP will be around 55-60 grand, depending on the country you live in. If you demand a cheaper petrol powered variant, there is the 520i (4-cyl, 190hp) for roughly the same price.

One step higher comes BMWs hybrid option, the 530e iPerformance. It has the same powertrain as the 330e (4-cyl petrol + electric) and a combined power output of 252hp. It will start at 60-65k. It is also possible to get that same power figure from a non-hybrid engine in the form of the 530i (4-cyl turbocharged petrol) for a comparable price.

Opting for a good ol’ six-cylinder (BMW still has them, fortunately) is possible with the 540i and 530d. First one has 340hp and sets you back at least 67k, the diesel option manages 265hp and will need around 75k. It’s more expensive because of the standard xDrive AWD system (which can also be had with most other engine options for a premium of around 5 grand).

Top of the line until the arrival of the M5 is the M550i xDrive, boasting a real turbocharged V8 with 462hp and 650Nm of torque. It is faster than the M5 of the F10 generation with acceleration from 0-100 kph just below 4 seconds. Because of carbon taxes, prices will differ a lot per country, but are expected to be in the range of 85-120 thousand Euro.

A little extra for interested buyers; BMW decided to bring in automatic transmissions (Steptronic) standard on all models apart from the 520i. The former optional Executive package is also stock on the new G30/31 generation.

 

 

2016’s LEAST sold supercars

When reading up on the many automotive statistics that generally surface around the end of the calendar year, one specific list came to our attention. It contains a table with the LEAST sold supercars in the Netherlands in 2016.

Actually, it is even possible to divide between supercars that were bought by only a few, and supercars that were bought by NONE. In this last category, we find:

  • Aston Martin Rapide & Aston Martin V12 Vantage
  • Ferrari’s 458 Italia and FF
  • Maserati GranTurismo
  • Porsche 918 Spyder

The Porker 918 being unsold is not so much of a surprise; the car is very exclusive and is only being produced and sold in very low numbers. However, we don’t really agree with the Aston V12 Vantage and the Ferrari FF, since we think they are great. Therefore, let’s at least honor them with a nice photographical mentioning:

Then, there are the supercars being only sold once or twice. These include:

  • Audi RS7
  • Lexus RC-F
  • Lotus Elise / Exige (2 and 1)
  • Morgan Aero8
  • Nissan GT-R
  • Bentley Mulsanne
  • Corvette

Particularly surprised were we by the low numbers of relatively common or cheaper sportscars, like the Audi RS7 (a blast among professional soccer players), the Lotus duo (cheap in the Netherlands because four cylinder engines), and the Nissan GT-R (not that rare on the Dutch streets). These number imply that cars like the Lamborghini Huracan and Aventador were sold MORE. Same for ALL the Rolls Royces except the Phantom. Even the McLaren 675LT was sold FIVE times in the Netherlands in 2016. Strange numbers indeed.

At last, a pic of the epic Morgan Aero 8 (supersports edition):

credits for Autoblog.nl for publishing the list (http://www.autoblog.nl/nieuws/dit-zijn-de-minst-verkochte-supercars-van-2016-94585)