Clive Owen's Driver has some new wheels for the latest installment in The Hire series.
BMW Films has released the second trailer for its new star-studded, action-packed short The Escape, which features the all-new, 2017 5 Series sedan as the hero car.
The latest installment in The Hire series sees Clive Owen’s mysterious wheelman, known only as The Driver, engaged to transport a young celebrity, played by Dakota Fanning. But dark forces are soon in pursuit, led by Jon Bernthal, and mayhem and destruction ensue. Vera Farmiga also stars, while Neill Blomkamp sits in the director’s chair.
The series started 2001. Five films were made highlighting different BMW models, starring big-name actors and made by some of the best action movie directors in the business. All five centered on The Driver as he went from job to job - which never seemed to go entirely as planned.
Perhaps the best known from the series was Star, which featured Madonna as a spoiled celebrity whose manager hired The Driver to scare her witless with an E39-generation M5.
The series returned in 2002 with three new films, to publicize the then-new Z4 Roadster. The series could only be viewed online, and racked up more than 100 million views in the four years the BMW Films website was live. You could argue they were the first truly viral videos.
The latest installment premieres on October 23 at BMWFilms.com, just a few weeks after the 2017 5 Series was revealed. It is new from the ground up, growing marginally in every dimension in an effort to find more interior space. Yet weight has come down, up to 62 kilograms (137 pounds) being shed from North American models through extensive use of high strength steel, aluminum, and magnesium in the chassis and body.
At launch, there will be choice of two engines, both turbocharged. The 530i comes with a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder unit producing 248 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, and the 540i gets a 3.0-litre, six-cylinder mill churning out 335 hp and 332 lb/ft. Both send drive to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic geabox; xDRIVE four-wheel-drive is available as an option.