Mildura Weekly : Friday May 16 2014 Vol 8 No 28
www.milduraweekly.com.au 58 Mildura Weekly – 16/05/14 By TIM NICHOLSON BMW has announced a more brutal limited-edition version of its M5 performance sedan to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the German car- maker’s executive express. Dubbed the 30 Jahre M5 (30 years of M5) the special version will be limited to just 300 examples globally and will feature a power and torque boost over the existing fifth-generation model. BMW claims the new variant will not only be the most powerful iteration of the M5 in the badge’s 30-year history, but that it will be its most powerful production vehicle in the Bavarian brand’s history. The 4.4 -litre TwinPower turbo V8 engine has been uprated by 18kW/20Nm from 423kW/680Nm in the regular Australian-spec M5 that comes standard with the Competition Package to 441kW/700Nm for the 30 Jahre M5, improving the 0-100km/h sprint time from 4.5 seconds to a blistering 3.9 seconds. A performance figure like this sees the BMW dash past its arch rival, the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG that can cover the same distance in 4.1 seconds, while matching the time of Audi’s stonking V8-powered RS6 Avant. While fuel use is rarely a concern for people with the money to purchase such a rare beast, BMW says it has maintained the official 9.9 litres per 100 kilometre fuel consumption figure of the regular M5. To achieve the extra power and torque, BMW engineers made “carefully calculated tweaks” to the engine management system as well as an increase in pressure. The competition package is standard on the 30th anniversary edition and includes a revised chassis with a firmer spring and damper tune and a 10-mm lower ride height. Other enhancements include more direct steering mapping, while the stability control system has been tweaked for sportier handling. Cosmetic changes to differentiate it from the standard M5 include the Frozen Dark Silver metallic paint finish, dark kidney grille surrounds, 30 Jahre M5 badges, black chrome finish on the twin tail-pipes and door handle inserts and 20-inch light-alloy wheels with 265/35 ZR20 front and 295/30 ZR20 rear tyres. The cabin provides a number of reminders that the occupants are in a special car, with 30 Jahre M5 branding on the sills, embroidered into the backrests of the sports seats and a plaque referencing the number of vehicles built on an aluminium panel on the passenger side of the dash. Elsewhere in the cabin, the multifunction seats are made of a combination of alcantara and leather while the centre console, door panels M sports steering wheel feature alcantara anthracite trim. A 16-speaker sound system is also fitted, and buyers have a choice between a 600-watt Harmon Kardon unit or a 1200-watt Bang and Olufsen surround-sound system. BMW Group Australia product communications manager Scott Croaker said the local allocation of 15 vehicles out of the 300 being built is reflective of the high proportion of M vehicles sold in Australia and that the price would likely carry a premium over the regular M5 that retails for $229,900 plus on-road costs. “Given the limited and exclusive status of this model plus higher level of specification and increased performance there will be a premium in cost versus the standard model, but one that I think will pleasantly surprise.” BMW says it created the high- performance sedan segment in 1985 with the first M5, before launching the second-generation version in 1988, the third-gen 10 years later in 1998, followed by the fourth-generation in 2005. The current fifth-generation M5 launched in 2011 reverted back to a V8 after using a V10 engine previously. Since the launch of the first-gen version, BMW has sold 55,248 M5s globally to the end of 2010. © GoAutoMedia 2014 BMW celebrates an M5 milestone NEW MODELS Maserati slashes $100,000 from entry level © GoAutoMedia 2014 By MIKE COSTELLO THE price of entry into the Maserati’s Australian range will fall by more than $100,000 within months, with the new Ghibli sedan poised to touch down mid- year from a starting point of $138,900 plus on-road costs. Maserati’s Turin-made rival to the BMW 5 Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Audi A6/A7 and Jaguar XF will also be the first Trident-badged car to be offered with a turbo-diesel engine, albeit one with a ‘Maserati Active Sound’ actuator that supposedly pipes a more evocative exhaust note into the cabin. Designed to slot into the local range beneath the Quattroporte with which it shares its architecture, the Ghibli will – alongside the Levante luxury SUV due next year – be instrumental in growing Maserati’s Australian and New Zealand sales from 134 last year to about 1500 in 2016. Globally, these two models, as well as the just-confirmed Alfieri coupe and convertible due in 2016, will also be charged with driving five-fold growth in Maserati sales from 15,400 last year to 75,000 by 2018. The Ghibli will be available in Australia at three price levels with three different engines. All versions will be in relatively short supply in the early days at least, according to general manager for Australia and New Zealand Glen Sealey. Rampant overseas demand is a major factor. Kicking off the range at $138,900 is the Ghibli diesel, powered by a 202kW/600Nm 3.0-litre turbo-diesel engine that will also see service in the Levante. Maserati claims a fuel consumption figure of 5.9 litres per 100km and a zero to 100km/h sprint time of 6.3 seconds. This price is a significant reduction over the entry level version of its current most affordable model, the $240,000 Quattroporte S. In terms of rivals, the 180kW/580Nm Audi A7 costs $136,750, the 230kW/630Nm BMW 535d costs $121,900 and the 202kW/600Nm Jaguar XF 3.0D S Portfolio coming in at $112,900 are the most likely. The mid-range Ghibli, and the entry- level petrol option, costs $1000 more at $139,900, and is powered by a detuned version of the Quattroporte’s 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 pumping out 243kW and 500Nm of torque, with claimed fuel consumption of 9.6L/100km and a 0-100km/h time of 5.6s. At this price and with this power output, the $145,300 220kW/440Nm A7, $116,900 225kW/400Nm 535i, $110,900 250kW/450Nm XF Portfolio and $137,700 245kW/480Nm Mercedes-Benz E400 compare closely. Sitting at the top of the pile is the Ghibli S, which gets a more potent version of the same 3.0-litre V6, the same as that in the Quattroporte, producing 301kW/550Nm and has a claimed 0-100km/h time of 5.0 seconds. At $169,900, the S lines up against the 309kW/550Nm Audi S7 priced from $179,900 and the 330kW/650Nm $159,900 550i, rather than the more hardcore RS7 and M5 versions. Early Australian demand has been overwhelmingly slanted towards the range-topper, according to Mr Sealey. “Stock is tight, though we hope this will loosen by the end of the year. Demand has been strongest on Ghibli S with pre sales on Ghibli S being more than 70 per cent of the mix,” he said. Compared to the Quattroporte, the Ghibli is 50kg lighter, 173mm shorter in the wheelbase and 291mm shorter overall. But the chassis, crash safety cell, (double wishbone/five-link) suspension, engines and LED headlights are all shared between the pair. 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