New All-Electric BMW i5 M60 North American Co-Premieres at Legends of The Autobahn

BMW arrives at Monterey Car Week and Legends of the Autobahn fully charged for 2023, armed with an assembly of the latest vehicles that celebrate a Motorsport-bred heritage and look to a sustainable future. Building on the success of the i4 M50 and iX M60 is the latest addition to the electrified M Performance collection: the 590-horsepower 2024 BMW i5 M60 xDrive makes its North American debut simultaneously at the BMW Championship PGA golf tournament in Illinois and at Legends of the Autobahn.

New All-Electric BMW i5 M60 North American Co-Premieres at Legends of The Autobahn

The BMW iX5 Hydrogen demonstrates how hydrogen fuel cell vehicles will be a practical component in the drive towards electrification with exceptional power, excellent electric range, and quick fuel stops. And fans will be able to get up close to the latest high-performance M products: the M3 CS, M2, XM, X5 M Competition and X6 M Competition.

Legends of the Autobahn
On Thursday, August 17, German car fans will descend on the gorgeous Pacific Grove Golf Links for Legends of the Autobahn. Legends of the Autobahn is an all-German marque Concours d’Elegance hosted by the BMW Car Club of America, the Mercedes-Benz Club of America, and the Audi Club of North America. The annual concours events offer both corral and judged areas, awards for all three featured marques, and an open class for all other German-made cars. Over 300 classic and modern BMWs are expected to be on exhibit this year. Legends of the Autobahn runs from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM and admission is free.

BMW i5 M60 xDrive
For the very first time, the BMW 5 Series is going electric. Now in its eighth generation, the BMW 5 Series continues to stand for advanced technology combined with sporty, elegant design, and the performance and comfort only a BMW can deliver. The BMW i5 M60 xDrive sits at the top of the 5 Series range and combines a 590 hp electric drivetrain with hallmark M performance driving characteristics and specific design features.

This power enables the new BMW i5 M60 to rush from 0-60 mph in only 3.7 seconds, and the power is delivered continuously as speeds increase. The maximum speed of the BMW i5 M60 xDrive is electronically limited to143 mph when equipped with performance tires (130 mph with all-season tires).

The optional Driving Assistance Professional now includes the Highway Assistant, which enables attentive hands-free driving at speeds up to 85 mph where conditions and speed limits allow. The automated driving functions of the Driving Assistance Professional Package also include the new version of the Active Lane Change. In a world first, the Active Lane Change in the new BMW 5 Series can be controlled by eye activation. The vehicle suggests a lane change, and the driver can confirm the lane change simply by looking in the corresponding outside rearview mirror. The Active Lane Change performs the necessary steering movements automatically up to a speed of 85 mph, traffic conditions and speed limits permitting.

The introduction on the new 5 Series also sees the premier of in-car gaming. In a cooperation with the gaming platform AirConsole, driver and passengers can play casual games while the vehicle is stationary, for example to occupy waiting times while charging.The i5 M60 xDrive will go on sale in the fourth quarter of 2023 with a base MSRP of $81,400 plus $995 destination and handling.

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BMW iX5 Hydrogen
The BMW iX5 Hydrogen was first unveiled as a concept in 2019. Its hydrogen fuel cell system is further proof of BMW’s leading development expertise in the field of electric drive technologies.  The iX5 Hydrogen combines all the benefits of purely electric driving with the convenience of conventional refueling.

The gaseous hydrogen is stored onboard under very high pressure in two tanks: one under the rear seat and one under the center console. The hydrogen is drawn into the fuel cell, where its component molecules are split into protons and electrons. The electrons are routed through a circuit to produce a flow of electricity that powers the BMW GEN5 electric motor at the rear axle. The protons and electrons are then reunited and combined with oxygen in the air to form water, the only “emission” from the process.

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