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BMW 5-Series

Good-value conversion creates a with performance to convert the

April 2005

I’ll clean. I’m no diesel I accept that the latest of super-diesels are often quicker their petrol equivalents in of overtaking ability, that world performance’ mantra diesel-diehards live by.

But for me the thrill of is found not when you’re through dense traffic, the odd overtaking manoeuvre – a at which diesels excel but when you’re trying to from the ‘real world’ and everything a car has to offer, from the and balance to the sound of a sweet-spinning, engine. For which read engine.

I’m tired of hearing ‘diesels are the future of performance Maybe they are, but maybe we should be celebrating the breed of performance cars. You those with petrol Anyway, I’ll climb from my soapbox now. And this, the DMS-tweaked BMW 535d.

A car I’m reliably informed is a into the future, right and now.

We’ve experienced the wizardry of DMS on a number of occasions and the quality of its work, but the claimed for the conversion on this 3-litre, twin-turbo are of the double-take variety. The motor in standard form is one of the very best diesel we’ve ever tried; it the factory with a mighty at 4400rpm and a Herculean 413lb ft at (more than the 5-litre V10 383lb ft).

Some clever remapping by DMS 344bhp at 4200rpm and a faintly 506lb ft at 2570rpm, all for just When you remember that the Lotus Carlton, a car lampooned at for being unreasonably powerful for a car, has 377bhp and 419lb ft you begin to understand how far diesel has progressed. Independent test recorded at Millbrook Proving reveal a 0-60mph run in 5.5sec and an 13.4sec sprint to 100mph.

And did I mention it’s an auto?

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It faster. Much. And thanks to ingenious sequential turbo (a tiny turbo ensures low-rev response and a bigger takes over as engine rise and more boost is the 3-litre diesel has a huge with meaningful urge 1500rpm and real thump as little as 2000rpm.

Things start to fade as you close in on – and with very gearing (a sign of BMW’s in the engine in the first place) the seems to take huge between shifts. More is that whichever gear it into there’s simply and more thrust. Only a AMG-product summons up a similar that you’re being along by a seemingly endless of thrust.

The Sport chassis does a convincing job of translating sheer into monster propulsion in the lower gears and that flashing yellow triangle intervenes. Out of tight corners the is beautifully hooked-up, and the combination of elastic power-band and the grippy, stance make the 535d an easy car in which to build up a

Unfortunately it’s never as flowing as it could be; like all 5s the M-version, this car suffers an ill-composed ride, always and easily wrong-footed by rapid-fire BMW admits the 5-series has suffered than subsequent models the fitment of run-flat tyres because the chassis was originally with standard rubber. You sense that the dampers run beyond their capacity and lost control of the weight of the and tyre.

Other reservations the overly heavy steering car isn’t fitted with Steering), and the love-it-or-hate-it styling, of which DMS can be held responsible The conversion itself is faultless, the losing none of its flexibility but an awful lot in usable power. DMS claims that the reprogramming is undetectable by BMW diagnostic equipment, and it could easily have more power but wanted to 100 per cent reliability.

Even for a non-believer like me, tweaked 535d is a compelling for the coming of a diesel revolution. If they could stop it like a Transit van.

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