The BMW 5 Series and X5

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Bottom: The special touches to the e12 B7S included a transmission-tunnel-located turbo boost control knob bearing Alpina’s logo. ZF made a custom ZF S540 box for the B7S. de). 3. The e12 5 Series Motorsport Creations and Tuner Versions 47 and economy, Alpina’s Dr. Fritz Indra felt a blown six was the sensible solution. Turbos are rather muffler-like in nature, hushing up an exhaust system, which was great for noise pollution testing . 3 liters. To achieve th e target , Alpina used a KKK K27 turbo blo wing as h ard as 12 psi, at which point a bypass valve stepped in.

It’s tr ue that the 525/528’s M30s w ere ar tificially restricted to attain their bhp ratings, but th e lighter e 12s should h ave at least match ed the e3’s zip. Even in Europe low lead and “green” engine tuning were taking their toll. Right to the end of productio n in 1977 the BMW 2500 was rated at 150 bhp, but if a later version was retested it would have been unlikely to have matched an older toxic edition. It would have been more economical, though, since from 1973–74 onwards, emissions and economy weighed heavily in BMW ’s thinking .

3L. 3L was plain to see wh en compared with the MB 600. 7 mpg. 6 mpg. BMW’s limousine achieved 95 percent of the V-8 Mercedes’ performance with 3 liters less displacement and a handy fuel efficiency saving. 3L/Li came with automatic as standard, but BMW’s 4-speed manual could be selected to bring greater performance and extra mpgs. Even in the aftermath of a fuel crisis, the Bavarians were challenging the Swabians for the title of best luxo sedan o n the planet! BMW could afford to be bullish, their bookkeeper only used red ink in the second half of 1974, the only time the company has been in the red since the rebirth brought by the 1500.

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