by R.M. Clarke
The first generation of 5 Series models was introduced in 1972 and established them as serious contenders in the mid-sized saloon market. The second-generation introduced in 1981 built on this reputation.
Tuning firms produced expensive and exclusive versions although the standard cars had good performance. The astonishing turbo diesel 524td set performance and refinement standards for diesel passenger car engines. Here are the contemporary road test and model introduction articles, technical and specification data, drivers' impressions and comparison tests.
Models covered include: 528i, 525i, 528e, 520i, 533i, Alpina B9, 525e, Alpina B2.8, 533i Turbo, Hartge H5S, M535i, 518i, 535i, 524td, 528iSE, AVA M535i, M5, 520i Lux, Alpina B10.
Brooklands Books Ltd "Road Test" books provide a wide range and collection of road tests, comparison tests, new model introductions, long term tests, and other articles taken from the world's leading motoring magazines. The Gold Portfolio series have 172 - 180 pages with approximately 300 illustrations.
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