BMW has announced its lineup for the upcoming Mondial de l’Automobile in Paris, with two models making their world debuts, and another two having their first auto-show appearances.
Unveiled in Paris will be the X5 sports activity vehicle and the competition version of the M5 sedan, while the previously introduced Z4 roadster and 8 Series coupe will also share the stage.
The fourth generation of the BMW’s SUV founding-father comes to market with an upgraded engine range and the latest generation of the BMW xDrive all-wheel drive system, as well as a host of chassis enhancements, including front and rear air suspension, integral active steering and an off-road package for those who do more with a sport utility than cruise pavement. Driver assistance features include lane-keep assist and parking assist for reversing manoeuvres. The Live Cockpit Professional is also included, working in tandem with BMW’s new Operating System 7.0, to make the instrument cluster the centre for all things the driver pays attention to — speedometer, tachometer, warnings, navigation, radio information, etc. — while the new iDrive 7.0 now adds touchscreen and gesture controls to supplement (and even replace) the familiar control knob on the centre console.
The other world premiere, the M5 Competition, is the most powerful and sportiest version of what was already regarded by many as the king of the sports sedans. The newest M5 raises 4.4-litre twin-turbo V-8 engine output to 625 hp (up from 600) and adds chassis enhancements and more direct steering response to add a modicum of racetrack experience to everyday motoring. Zero to 100 km/h now reportedly takes 3.3 seconds, while 0-200 is completed in 10.8. Model specific M Sport exhaust, exclusive 20-inch light alloy wheels and badging, and bespoke engine mounting round out the package.
The Z4 is an evolution of the roadster, incorporating the marque’s new design language. It returns to the soft top roof over the 2-seat cabin but upgrades its engine line-up, chassis and body structure. Add that to centrally-located seating, wide track, short wheelbase, low centre of gravity and minimal weight, and you get enhanced performance and agility. Of course, iDrive 7.0 is on board, adding twin 10.25-inch displays. An M version (Z4 M40i) features a 340-hp turbo 3.0-litre inline-6, M Sport suspension and brakes, variable sport steering, electronic rear differential and 18-inch alloy wheels. Zero to 100 takes 4.6 seconds. Of note is that the car’s underpinnings will also be used on the upcoming Toyota Supra, though it won’t be a Subaru BRZ/Toyota 86 kind of relationship.
Also getting its first auto-show experience, the 8 Series coupe has the look and proportional layout of the Z4, but on a larger scale. The full-size grand touring coupe has the hallmarks of performance and luxury blended into an ultra-premium car that doesn’t skimp on advanced driving dynamics, safety systems and connectivity. It too will have an M Performance model (M850i xDrive) powered by a new 530-hp version of the 4.4-litre twin-turbo V-8, as well as an 840d xDrive powered by a diesel 3.0-litre inline-6 that won’t be available on this side of the Atlantic. As you can tell from the names, both models use all-wheel drive, and come standard with Adaptive M suspension and integral active steering.
The Mondial de l’Automobile in Paris runs from October 4-14.