Besides visual enhancements, the six-cylinder engines are getting a power boost.

BMW took the wraps off the new 2017 5 Series Sedan (G30) less than two months ago and it’s already introducing the first addition to the range by rolling out some optional M Performance items. Starting on the outside, there are new add-on parts featuring a carbon fiber finish for the front bumper, rear spoiler, and diffuser. Black side sill attachments are also part of the deal and can be ordered with a carbon fiber look, while the rear diffuser and spoiler can be made from polyurethane.

To spice things up even further, BMW can paint the kidney grille in black and apply a carbon fiber finish on the side mirror caps. M Performance inscription and accent strips are also available, as are 20-inch lightweight alloys featuring a double-spoke, two-level design and an Orbit Grey or bi-color finish. The wheels come wrapped in 245/35 R20 front and 275/30 R20 rear tires.

Stepping inside, buyers will be able to customize the new 5 Series Sedan from next summer with an M Performance steering wheel covered in Alcantara with silver grey stitching and a red central marking in the 12 o’clock position to make the cabin feel more sporty.

2017 BMW 5 Series with M Performance kit
2017 BMW 5 Series with M Performance kit
2017 BMW 5 Series with M Performance kit

It’s not all show without the go as BMW also has some power boosts available for select versions. The 540i with its inline-six turbocharged 3.0-liter engine can be massaged to deliver an extra 34 horsepower (25 kilowatts) and 37 pound-feet (50 Newton-meters) for a grand total of 360 hp (265 kW) and 369 lb-ft (500 Nm). However, the 340i is rated at 340 hp (250 kW), so in reality the power hike likely stands at 20 hp (15 kW). Besides the stronger engine, buyers are also rewarded with a more powerful exhaust note and a chrome or carbon fiber finish for the tailpipes.

The diesel-powered 530d and its all-paw 530d xDrive counterpart fitted with an inline-six engine will get from next summer an optional bump in output of 27 hp (20 kW) and 22 lb-ft (30 Nm) to 292 hp (215 kW) and 479 lb-ft (650 Nm).

The 540i and the two 530d models can be had with an M Performance silencer, while all flavors of the 5 Series Sedan family are available with beefier brakes featuring aluminum four-piston calipers on the front axle and single-piston calipers at the back. The calipers are finished in red and work together with inner vented, perforated lightweight discs to provide superior stopping power.

BMW will kick off deliveries of the new 5 Series from February, including those of the M550i xDrive. The range-topping M5 is expected to arrive in the latter part of 2017 and go on sale either by the year’s end or the beginning of 2018.

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Source: BMW

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