First Look Review
HO scale
BMW 5er Limousine
BMW 5er Limousine
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]

Herpa has released a new BMW 5ô Limousine, this one in Jatoba metallic finish. Herpa currently catalogues 49 BMWs and 11 Series 5 BMWs.

Luxury 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 tells us:
    On its own initiative, Herpa has expanded its BMW passenger car fleet in the 1/87 scale by the current BMW 5 Series. The completely newly developed model will initially be released as a sedan in the colors jatoba metallic and black.

Herpa's BMW 5erô Limousine
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 holographic licensing label confirms this is a legitimate reproduction.

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 platic-rubber hybrid tires, with no tread detail, are pressed upon hubs to support the model.

Detail and Trim
Your model features headlights of clear lenses. The tail lights are red-tinted clear lenses. Detail inside the passenger compartment includes a dashboard, steering wheel, gear shift, and bucket seats. Herpa even attached a thin rear view mirror to the windshield. This detail is easiest to see through the front and rear windshields, and can be seen through the side windows. Those windows are crystal-clear and without distortion.

The underside is a token low-relief representation.

This metallic jatoba automobile is trimmed with silver 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. Two exhaust ports peek out from underneath the rear bumper.

The model is painted Jatoba metallic and the finish is smooth. The rims are molded in color. The BMW emblems are painted on the nose and rear. Despite the photos, they are completely legible!

Revving Up!
Herpa's HO BMW 5er Limo is a marvelous model of a modern luxury car. It features sharp molding and finish, and separately applied side mirrors. The nice interior can be seen through the clear windows.

Each one you add to your modern model railroad or diorama will enhance it. Recommended.

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* BMW. BMW 5 Series Sedan. [http://www.bmw.com/com/en/newvehicles/5series/sedan/2010/showroom/technical_data/index.html] 2019.

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.
Verdict: This 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.
  Scale: HO Scale
  Mfg. ID: 430692
  Related Link: BMW 5erô Limousine Showcar
  PUBLISHED: Aug 26, 2019

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About Frederick Boucher (JPTRR)

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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