National Geographic : 1977 Dec
In the heart of Germany there is a race course called the Nurburgring. An awesome giant of a track, generally acknowledged to be the most arduous test of both cars and men. Yet, few cars-and certainly no luxury sedans-have achieved a more impressive record on the Nurburgring than those built by the Bavarian Motor Works inMunich, Germany. Luxury sedans? Yes. But lux ury sedans built by racing engineers. German engineers who believe that extraordinary performance isthe only thing that makes an expensive car worth the money. PERFECTED ON THE RACE TRACK. While it is, of course, feasible to develop an acceptable automo c 1977 BMW of North America, Inc bile in the relative vacuum of the test track and the laboratory, it is virtually impossible to simulate the perfection demanded by motor racing. And the BMW 530i is a direct reflection of this cache of engineer ing intelligence. Its suspension-independent on all four wheels-is quick and clean through the corners; its steer ing sharp and accurate. Its four-speed manual trans mission (automatic is available) slips precisely into each gear. Its acceleration comes up smoothly, with the turbine-like whine so characteristic of the justifiably renowned 3-liter BMW engine. And, while it provides all the luxury one could sanely require, the interior of the BMW 530i has been assiduously planned to facilitate total, precise control at all times, under all conditions. Engineered to include the driver as one of the func tioning parts of the car itself-the human part that completes the me chanical circuit. So successful is this integra tion of man and machine that the editors of Motor Trend magazine write, "The reaction to a BMW is always the same. The first time driver takes the wheel and after a few minutes no other automobile will ever be the same again." If the thought of owning such a car intrigues you, call us anytime, toll-free, at 800 243-6000 (Conn.1-800 882-6500) and we'll arrange a thorough test drive for you. THE ULTIMATE DRIVING MACHINE. Bavarian Motor Works, Munich, Germany.