Very few machines seem to have gotten it right on all fronts and the BMW 530d has to be one of them. That is because of this 3.0-litre six-pot diesel motor underneath that long hood. With two turbochargers feeding it, the engine hammers 262bhp of power and a massive 620Nm of torque which starts kicking in right from 2000rpm.
When you step on it, even the 275mm tyre tread on the 18-inch rims finds it difficult to deal with the barrage of torque as the rear wheels spin up leaving black trails behind. You have to be deft with the steering if you plan to keep the throttle mashed, because with the wheel-spin, you will get some sideways action. Being a typical BMW, the Dynamic Stability control will let the car scare you a bit before it comes into play. But, if you are someone who enjoys this, you are in for a treat. Because, the steering is direct and intuitive. It does tighten up when you opt for the Sport Mode and personally, I would have loved a bit more weight, but that is me being wishful. Further, the steering provides muffled but precise feedback and you can feel the weight of the 530d coming into play, especially if you are braking to enter a corner.
Sheer potential of the 530d to go fast is huge thanks to the chassis, the suspension and the brakes that are immensely capable. The adaptive suspension works extremely well giving the 530d a pretty plush ride. There is always that underlying stiffness and yet the rides at both the low and high speed is pliant. Switch to Sport mode and the suspension stiffens, but doesn’t get jarring at all. In Sport mode, the car stays absolutely flat and you can feel it go taut when you move from Comfort, where the 530d feels a little bouncy in comparison. Also, Sport Mode alters the engine maps and the eight-speed ZF gearbox revs right till the rev-needle goes red to lay down all the power it can deliver. The 530d holds it at the 5400rpm red-line when you are in manual mode instead of shifting at 4300rpm when you let the car take care of it. Furthermore, you can individually tune the engine, gearbox, steering and suspension in the Sport as well as Eco-Pro modes to suit your tastes.
All in all, the BMW 530d is rock solid at all speeds and with this kind of ride and handling, three digit speeds feel like two. You have to consciously keep yourself from speeding but if you do, the larger brakes with the shiny blue calipers will make sure you stop in time, always, despite the 530d’s heft. The feedback is so precise that you know exactly what each of the wheels is doing.