BMW has prepared a limited-run 5 Series for Japan as part of the company’s centenary celebrations.
Just like last year’s Japan-only 5 Series Maestro, this new special edition is based on the 523d. Tailored to the “real gentleman,” the midsize premium sedan comes equipped as standard with the M Sport package and has a turbodiesel 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine delivering 184 horsepower (134 kilowatts) and 280 pound-feet (380 newton meters) of torque delivered to the 19-inch M alloys through an eight-speed automatic transmission.
So, what makes the 523d BARON special? Not a lot, actually. Buyers can get it with either a Mediterranean Blue or a Mineral Gray paint combined on the inside with an Oyster or Veneto Beige finish for the Dakota leather upholstery. It also features an elegant Fine Line Ansorajitto Wood trim and benefits from the BMW Individual aluminum line.
BMW Japan has plans to sell 200 units and all will come fitted with adaptive LED headlights and a bespoke interior badge which will be individually numbered. There’s also a dedicated coat hanger, a special leather-wrapped key case, and a cabin aroma diffuser. Rounding off the list of goodies are the soft-close doors and electric trunk opening.
All things considered, the BMW 523d BARON JDM Spec isn’t all that different compared to the regular version. Almost all of the equipment items mentioned can be specified on a standard 523d, so the limited edition doesn’t really bring anything to the table worthy to make the executive sedan a true “special edition.”
BMW Japan will start taking orders for the limited-run 5 Series from Saturday and it is asking ¥ 7,770,000 (about $70,300).
Source: BMW Japan