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BMW 540i M Sport.

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BMW 540i M Sport.

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The first BMW 5 Series rolled off the production line in 1972. And today, 45 years later, it has cemented itself as one of the leading executive sedans of the world. In 2017, BMW introduced its seventh generation 5 Series and it is more powerful, better to drive, and absolutely laden with tech.

Singapore’s 5 Series lineup consists of one diesel and two petrol options, and the one I got to drive was the rangetopping 540i M Sport. It is powered by BMW’s new turbocharged 3-liter inlinesix, which produces 340hp and 450nm of torque. Performance is suitably adequate for an executive sedan. 0-100km/h takes just 5.1 seconds and top speed is an electronically limited 250km/h.

And even though it is turbocharged, there is no perceptible turbo lag. Put your foot down and the 540i M Sport just goes. And if you don’t pay attention to the speedometer, you will be doing very illegal three digit speeds very quickly. Throughout my time with the car, I was never left wanting more power.

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