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[NEWS] New BMW i5 line-up tops out with £98k M60

New BMW i5 line-up tops out with £98k M60

Electric i5 launches alongside a sole combustion-powered model

Tesla Model S rival comes in eDrive40 and M60 xDrive specs, with deliveries starting imminently

BMW has revealed pricing and specification details for the new, long anticipated BMW i5, which arrives in the UK with 593bhp and up to 321 miles of range to take on the Mercedes-Benz EQE, Tesla Model S and upcoming Audi A6 E-tron saloon.

Joining the BMW iX1, BMW i4 and BMW i7 in the Munich firm’s swiftly expanding range of EVs, the electric i5 has been priced from £71,105 in the UK. 

The BMW i5 range kicks off with the rear-wheel-drive eDrive40, which features a rear-mounted electric motor developing 335bhp and 317lb ft of torque, giving it a claimed 0-62mph time of 6.0sec and a 120mph top speed.

Its range is topped by the four-wheel-drive BMW i5 M60 xDrive, which is priced from £97,745. It uses the same rear-mounted electric motor in combination with a smaller front-mounted motor that delivers an added 256bhp and 269lb ft.

All up, it develops a combined system output of 593bhp and 605lb ft for a claimed 0-62mph time of 3.8sec and an electronically limited top speed of 143mph.

2023 Bmw i5 front three quarter static

Meanwhile, the regular BMW 5 Series has been priced from £51,000 and will be sold with a choice of hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains. 

The model is also set to also spawn the highly anticipated BMW i5 Touring – one of the first executive all-electric estates on the market. BMW will hope the electric powertrain, arriving in two power levels, will bring new customers to the brand, as well as bolster the sales of its best-selling model.

Both i5 models feature an 81.2kWh lithium ion battery as standard. The eDrive40 offers a claimed range of between 296 and 362 miles, while the more powerful M60 xDrive delivers a claimed 283 to 321 miles of range.

Each i5 has 11kW AC charging functionality as standard, although this can be increased to 22kW with an optional on-board charger. The maximum DC charging capability is put at 205kW, with BMW claiming a 10-80% charge within 30 minutes.

Together with the eDrive40 and M60 xDrive, BMW has confirmed that a third i5 model is scheduled to arrive in 2024.

2023 Bmw i5 side

Kerb weights for the initial 5 Series line-up range from 1680kg for the combustion-engined 520i to 2305kg for the i5 M60 xDrive. The basis for the new 5 Series is BMW’s Cluster Architecture (CLAR) platform. It is the same structure that underpins all BMW models featuring either a longitudinally mounted combustion engine or electric drivetrain.

Stylistically, the new model adopts the change in design direction at BMW first seen on the iX, with a much more modern look than the model it replaces. The front is still dominated by BMW’s classic kidney grille, which on the pure-electric i5 sports a blanked-off design in high-gloss black plastic.

As on all recent BMW models, traditional door handles have made way for flush-fitting units. They combine with other wind-cheating elements, including a flat underbody, to allow the i5 eDrive40 to achieve a drag co-efficient of 0.23.

Mirroring the latest 7 Series, with which it shares many critical components, the 5 Series has grown in size.

Its length has increased by 97mm to 5060mm, width has risen by 32mm to 1900mm and height is up by 36mm to 1515mm. The wheelbase has also gained 20mm, at 2995mm.

Inside, the new 5 Series and i5 follow the lead of the larger 7 Series and i7 with a new triple-layer dashboard supporting a single curved display panel.

It houses separate 12.3in instrument and 14.9in infotainment touch displays – the latter running the latest BMW 8.5 operating system based on Linux software and offering gaming and video functions for the first time.

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