FRANKFURT – “Longitudinal agility.” Like many phrases and terms that originate from German engineers, this one requires explanation. In this case, “longitudinal agility” means “swift acceleration.” Ward’s heard the term for the first time from a BMW AG engineer at the recent Geneva Motor Show here. And he wasn’t using the term in a complimentary fashion. Concept M5 foreshadows upcoming high-performance BMW 5-Series. Longitudinal agility is BMW’s derogatory term to describe the focus ...

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