Premium executive sedan segment buyers are a tough crowd to please. Positioned between a premium compact executive sedan and a full-sized luxury sedan, you need to have all the comfort of a limousine for the rear passengers and reasonable driving pleasure behind the wheel.

Munich’s latest contender, the G30 BMW 5-Series 530i M Sport, was introduced early March this year in CBU form and a locally-assembled version was rolled out later in the year. Priced at RM388,800 (CKD), the 530i competes squarely against the Mercedes-Benz E250 and the Audi A6 2.0 TFSI Quattro.

QUICK FACTS

Name G30 BMW 530i M Sport (CKD)
Engine 1,998cc; inline-4 with BMW TwinPower Turbo
Transmission 8-speed auto
Max Power 252 hp @ 5,200 – 6,500 rpm
Max Torque 350 Nm @ 1,450 – 4,800 rpm
0 – 100 km/h; Top Speed 6.2 seconds; 250 km/h
Price RM388,800.00

In Malaysia, the 530i M Sport can be further spiced up with official M Performance parts which include carbon fibre bits, larger alloy wheels and beefier brakes. The list is extensive (and pricey) and if you opt for the full range of accessories, you are looking at a RM70k bill. Yikes!

The only performance enhancing option you can have on the 530i is the BMW M Performance Sports Brake which will set you back RM23,557.70. The ventilated and perforated lightweight brake discs have better thermal capacity and greater braking performance under extreme conditions. But then again, you won’t be going at light speeds with the 2.0-litre four-cylinder TwinPower turbo that puts out 252 hp and 350 Nm of torque, so perhaps you can save that pretty penny.

If you wonder what a 530i M Sport looks like after an M Performance makeover, we have a full gallery for your viewing pleasure. Options fitted on our test unit are as listed below:

Item Retail Price
20-inch Double Spoke 669M Bi Colour alloys with Pirelli P Zero run flats RM33,103
Side Skirt RM2,549.80
Side Skirt Film RM1,014.80
Front Splitter in carbon RM7,176
Front Attachment in carbon RM5,066.70
Front Ornamental Grille in gloss black RM1,087.20
Exterior Mirror Covers in carbon RM3,952.60
Rear Bumper Trim RM3,448.20
Rear Diffuser in carbon RM10,147.95
Rear Spoiler in carbon RM4,282.80
Stainless Steel Pedals RM888.10
Total RM72,717

Is the M Performance parts worth 20 percent of the car’s price? For all the good looks alone, hell yes.


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