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BMW 5™ Series Touring Car
BMW 5er TM
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]


Originally published on:
RailRoad Modeling

BMW 5™ Touring, metallic
Item 34401
Collection: CARS & TRUCKS
Manufacturer: BMW
Type: 5 Series


Introduction

Herpa continues their ever growing line of modern vehicles with this sporty BMW 5 touring wagon. Herpa currently offer 53 BMW 5 Series models. These include several body styles of the six generations of the series.

BMW 5 Series GT
Luxury coupes and sedans have evolved into touring cars, and touring cars are evolving into luxury touring family hatchbacks. Into this class BMW includes their 5 Series GT.

The BMW 5 Series is a mid-size / executive car manufactured by BMW since 1972. The car, now in its sixth generation, is sold in sedan and touring body styles. It is BMW's second best selling model after the 3-Series. The 5 Series GT is powered by a single-turbo diesel I6 producing 245 PS, by a single-turbo I6 producing 306 PS and a twin-turbo V8 producing 408 PS; the latter will give the car a 0-60 mph time of 5.5 seconds. This is the first BMW to receive the new ZF 8-speed automatic transmission, along with a new Brake Energy Regeneration system.*


Herpa BMW 5 GT
Your BMW 5 GT is factory assembled. It’s securely packed in a form-fitted tray held inside a clear plastic carton with end opening flaps. A red Herpa label decorates the packaging.

The model is skillfully molded and assembled with any blemishes or flaws. Doors, hoods and panels lines are defined with fine recessed lines; the grille intentions are much deeper. The door handles are slightly raised. Underneath the car is a single piece chassis with very basic molded detail. Soft tires, with no tread detail, are pressed upon hubs to support the model.

Detail and Trim
The model features headlights and tail lights of appropriately colored clear lenses. Detail inside the passenger compartment includes a dashboard, steering wheel, gear shift, and bucket seats. This detail is easiest to see through the front and rear windshields, and can be seen through the side windows.

The blue automobile is trimmed with black chrome around the windows. The black grille also sports chrome detailing. Wipers are molded into the windshield chrome. The model features separately applied side view mirrors. Twin exhaust ports peek out from underneath the rear bumper.

Finish
The model is painted tiefseeblau/deap sea blue, and the finish is smooth. The rims are molded in color. Herpa also offers it in white. The BMW emblems are molded on the nose and rear but not painted on.

Off the Lot
This HO scale BMW 5 GT is a pleasing little model of a modern luxury family sports vehicle. Each one you add to your modern model railroad or diorama will enhance it. Recommended.

*Wikipedia
SUMMARY
Highs: Sharp molding and finish and separately applied side mirrors. The nice interior can be seen through the clear windows.
Lows: The underside is a token representation. The BMW emblems are not painted on.
Verdict: Herpa’s BMW 5 GT is a pleasing little model that will enhance your modern era model railroad or diorama.
Percentage Rating
90%
  Scale: 1:87
  Mfg. ID: 34401
  Suggested Retail: €10,50
  Related Link: Herpa BMW 5 Series Models
  PUBLISHED: Aug 10, 2011
  NATIONALITY: Germany
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 87.00%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 90.42%

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About Frederick Boucher (JPTRR)
FROM: TENNESSEE, UNITED STATES

I'm a professional pilot with a degree in art. My first model was an AMT semi dump truck. Then Monogram's Lunar Lander right after the lunar landing. Next, Revell's 1/32 Bf-109G...cried havoc and released the dogs of modeling! My interests--if built before 1900, or after 1955, then I proba...

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