The BMW 528i is a car that is occasionally seen on the streets of Jakarta but only in its executive form. But did you know that the automaker has come out with a sports model?
It’s known as the BMW 528i M-Sport edition and it’s available in Kuala Lumpur.
The Malaysian version gets the M-Sport package which includes a different set of 18-inch (46 centimeters) wheels, and the M-Sport body kit, which gives the 5 series a flashier look.
The M-Sport model’s interior includes a thicker 3-spoke steering wheel and sport shifter, which is molded to fit your hand perfectly, while the seats grip to your body perfectly.
So how does it feel to drive a sporty sedan like the BMW 528i M-Sport?
First off, it is a car that you could drive on a daily basis. The BMW 5 series has always been a favorite to many. The F10 model was roomier, with the long nose giving it a sportier aura, and was considered a big car even though it felt like you were driving a smaller vehicle.
A special feature of the BMW 528i model is the use of a Twin Power Turbo 4-cylinder engine.
You might be initially skeptical on how a 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder engine would feel in a car like this but it you will quickly be impressed with how far BMW has come in terms of performance.
The sound isn’t as good as a 6-cylinder engine, but in power, the Twin Power Turbo, definitely lives up to its name. With a power output of 245-horsepower, 5,000 to 6,500 revolutions per minute and a maximum torque of 350 newton meters, starting from 1,250 rpm to 4,800 rpm, the car can go from zero to 100 kilometers per hour in 6.3 seconds. It can top out at 250 kilometers per hour, with fuel consumption of 6.8 liters per 100 kilometers.
This is very impressive for a 4-cylinder engine.
The interesting part is that this engine is also used in a couple of other models. It’s in the BMW 520i but with less power — at 184 horsepower, 5,000-6,250 rpm and torque of 270 nm, 1,250-4,500 rpm.
You can also find the same engine in the BMW 3-series F30.
There might be a reason that this car is not available in Indonesia, and especially Jakarta.
The toll roads in Malaysia, which are less congested than here in Indonesia, let you explore the potential of a car like this. The car hits 110 kilometers per hour (the speed limit in Malaysia) comfortably but if you’re not careful, you can easily find yourself pushing 160 km/h. The smooth delivery of the Twin Power Turbo engine made a good impression and you can also see how good downsizing technology has come. Turbo engines don’t have that big lag that was common in cars of the 1980’s.
The 528i M-Sport also allows you to toggle from ECO PRO Mode (reduces fuel consumption by 20 percent) to Comfort mode, Sport mode and Sport+ mode (which affect the handling of the car) with the switch of a button.
This feature is also present in the 5 Series version that is sold in Indonesia. Here you can feel the differences in power delivery and ride and handling. The Sport and Sport+ mode gives it that sporty feel with a firmer ride and more instant response of the throttle and shifting of the eight-speed Steptronic transmission.
With ECO PRO you can challenge yourself in trying to gain as much fuel economy as possible. This is a feature that could come in handy when you’re trying to cope with traffic. While the car is not available in Indonesia, Kuala Lumpur has a suitable replacement if it has been raining and the Smart Tunnel is closed.
Another difference that the 528i M-Sport has is the Head-Up Display, which can be set to show — in the driver’s field of vision — information that would otherwise be seen on the instrument panel.
This feature can be useful because you can obtain the information while still keeping your eyes on the road. It’s too bad that the HUD feature is only present in the higher spec BMW 535i, BMW 640i and M5 here in Indonesia.
How much is the BMW 5 series in Indonesia?
Well it’s Rp 898 million ($94,000) for the BMW 528i Business model, Rp 978 million for the BMW 528i Executive, and Rp 1.228 billion for the BMW 535i.
And the M-Sport package? If BMW Indonesia makes it available, it would be worth it to not drive the same BMW 5 series as everybody else.