While the Auto China 2016 is set to swipe us off our feet in just a few hours when it opens its gates to the professionals of the world, the world’s largest luxury automaker hasn’t forgotten other markets.
Namely we’re talking about neighboring rival Japan, where BMW has recently taken the wraps off the special edition 5 Series BARON, prepared, according to the automaker for the “real gentlemen”. This could be called a follow-up to the Japanese only limited run 5 Series Maestro announced in 2015, with the new special model building its credentials on the 523d version. Tailored for bespoke customers, the midsize premium sedan will come equipped with the M Sport package as a standard amenity and under the hood displays a turbodiesel 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine generating 184 horsepower (134 kilowatts) and 280 pound-feet (380 Newton meters) of torque. Other exterior features include the 19-inch M alloy wheels, the selection of colors is limited to a Mediterranean Blue or a Mineral Gray paint.
Inside there’s an Oyster or Veneto Beige finish for the Dakota leather upholstery, an elegant Fine Line Ansorajitto Wood trim and the BMW Individual aluminum line. There’s also a custom interior badge with individual numbers, as the limited run model will only be sold in 200 units across Japan. Other highlights include the adaptive LED headlights, dedicated coat hanger, a special leather-wrapped key case, soft-close doors and electric trunk opening. The BMW 523d Baron is already up for pre-order and the automaker is looking for buyers to pay ¥ 7,770,000 (about $70,300).