BMW 5 SERIES TOURING WAGON
The new 2011 BMW 5-Series Touring represents the continuation of the successful concept of maximum versatility, driving pleasure and aesthetics in a premium vehicle of the upper mid-range segment. The 4t- generation of the BMW 5 Series Touring demonstrates its versatile qualities more convincingly than ever before.
All of the new tech that we’ve already seen in the 5-Series Gran Turismo and sedan is carried over into the Touring. That includes the driver assistance systems like the surround-view cameras and parking assist. Underhood, BMW’s twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 won’t be available at launch, but a selection of gas and diesel four-cylinder and six cylinder engines will be offered. The base gasoline model is the 204 hp 523i with a 2.5L inline-6, while the range-topping 306 hp 535i is powered by the new 3.0L N55 twin-scroll turbo direct-injected inline-6.
Single-turbo versions of the 2.0L inline-four and 3.0L inline-six diesels are also available with 184 hp and 245 hp respectively. The four-cylinder 520d Touring gets an EU combined fuel economy rating of 45.2 mpg with the 530d also scoring an impressive 36.8 mpg.
SUBARU IMPREZA WRX
Inspired by the brand’s STI model, the four-door sedan Impreza WRX benefit from a new wide-body design for a more masculine appearance. Powered by a 265-hp turbocharged 2.5-liter 4-cylinder unit hooked up to a 5-speed manual transmission.
The WRX has been the focus of continuous improvement since its introduction. Most recently, the 2009 model received the 265-hp engine and a significant chassis tuning upgrade. For 2010, the new Limited trim lines expanded the WRX model’s appeal to a broader range of driving enthusiasts.
The 2011 Impreza WRX uses the Continuous AWD version of Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. A viscous coupling locking center differential nominally distributes torque 50:50. Should slippage occur, this system transfers more power to the wheels with the best traction.
The Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) stability and traction control system is standard. Incline Start Assist, featured on all Impreza models equipped with a manual transmission, can momentarily prevent the vehicle from rolling backward when being driven away from a stop on an incline.