by: Frederick Boucher [ ]
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BMW 5erô Limousine "Showcar"
Collection: CARS & TRUCKS
Brochure: Herpa Cars & Trucks 2012 / 01-02
Current color:orange-schwarz / orange-black
Herpa tells us, "Today, to individually design your own car is no problem at all, thanks to foil covers for the entire body. This BMW of the E60 series is delivered in the trend color orange with matte black roof and hood as well as black rim".
IntroductionLuxury coupes and sedans have evolved into touring cars, and touring cars are evolving into luxury showcars. Into this class BMW includes their 5 Series.
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 is powered by a number of engines including the 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 5erô Limousine "Showcar"Herpa currently offers 309 BMW models, including 50 BMW 5er models. Your BMW 5er is factory assembled. Itís 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 TrimYour model features headlights of appropriately colored clear lenses. The tail lights are black. I can not tell if these are translucent to simulate brake lights overlayed with dark film. 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 orange and black 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.
FinishThe model is painted orange-schwarz / orange-black, and the finish is smooth. The rims are molded in color. The BMW emblems are molded on the nose and rear but not painted on.
Off to the ShowThis HO scale BMW 5er is a pleasing little model of a modern luxury show car. Each one you add to your modern model railroad or diorama will enhance it. Recommended.
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BMW 5 Series Sedan