Hartge BMW F10 520d Gets 218 hp: Acceleration Test

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When thinking of the F10 body, most people imagine it being powered by a twin-turbo V8. But the reality of taxation, expensive fuel and options means a lot of 5 Series models are bought with this engine, the 184 hp 2-liter diesel in the 520d.
It doesn't drift, it doesn't leave clouds of smoke at the lights and it makes ordinary four-banger noises. And yet because it's so common, the 520d is also ideal for tuning firms, like Hartge.

This German company has been in the business of updating BMW engines for as long as we can remember. For the 520d, their upgrade means taking output from 184 hp to 218 hp. Torque is also, increased from 380 Nm to 450 Nm.

This next promo video released today by Hartge shows real-world condition on the unrestricted Autobahn, taking performance figures from 80 - 180 km/h (50 - 112 mph) before and after. 4.4 seconds are shaved, a good result considering what they had to work with.

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