Gran Turismo is go

It's lost the SEMA-sized rims, peachy paint job and Star Trek interior, but the 2010 production version of BMW's Gran Turismo concept is a near mirror image of the concept that debuted at the last Geneva show.

Following Audi's lead of a niche for every niche, the four-door coupe-like-sedan fattens the 5 Series range out to four while affordably (for Beemer) retaining the same underlying mechanicals and powerplants.

The GT will be released with three engine choices initially: the fabulous 3.0-litre twin-turbo six, the 4.4-litre V8, and the lovely 3.0-litre diesel inline six. It retains the two-stage boot with its chute and hatch apertures - the former is very Mini in its operation...

We can expect a $10 - $15K premium over the sedan for the 6-Series style hatched back.

BMW 535i Gran Turismo:
Straight-six gasoline engine with TwinPower Turbo,
High Precision Injection and VALVETRONIC,
Capacity: 2,979 cc,
max output: 225 kW/306 hp at 5,800 rpm,
max torque: 400 Nm/295 lb-ft from 1,200-5,000 rpm,
Acceleration 0-100 km/h: 6.3 seconds,
Top speed: 250 km/h (155 mph),
Average fuel consumption to the EU standard: 8.9 Liter/100 kilometres,
equal to 31.7 mpg imp,
CO2 emissions to the EU standard: 209 g/km,
emission standard: EU5

BMW 550i Gran Turismo:
V8 gasoline engine with TwinPower Turbo and High Precision Injection
Capacity: 4, 395 cc,
max output: 300 kW/407 hp from 5, 500-6,400 rpm,
max torque: 600 Nm/442 lb-ft from 1,750-4,500 rpm
Acceleration 0-100 km/h: 5.5 seconds
Top speed: 250 km/h (155 mph)
Average fuel consumption to the EU standard: 11.2 litres/100 kilometres,
equal to 25.2 mpg imp
CO2 emissions to the EU standard: 263 g/km,
emission standard: EU5

BMW 530d Gran Turismo:
straight-six diesel engine with aluminium crankcase and third-generation
common-rail direct fuel injection (piezo-injectors),
max injection pressure: 1,800 bar
Capacity: 2,993 cc,
max output: 180 kW/245 hp at 4,000 rpm,
max torque: 540 Nm/398 lb-ft from 1,750-3,000 rpm
Acceleration 0-100 km/h: 6.9 seconds
Top speed: 240 km/h (149 mph)
Average fuel consumption to the EU standard: 6.5 litres/100 kilometres,
equal to 43.5 mpg imp
CO2 emissions to the EU standard: 173 g/km,
emission standard: EU5

      The BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo.


      Description in Brief.

      • BMW is once again defining a brand-new segment in the automobile market.


      The BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo combines elegance, space, comfort and


      variability in truly unique style. As an attractive, future-oriented extension of


      the BMW 5 Series, the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo is quite unparalleled


      worldwide in the upper middle segment, combining the characteristic features


      of a prestige saloon, a modern, highly versatile Sports Activity Vehicle, and a


      classic Gran Turismo in brand-new, unprecedented style.

      • Through its body design, the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo combines the


      proportions so typical of a BMW, an elegantly stretched silhouette and a


      coupé-like roofline, as well as four doors with frameless windows to create


      one complete, harmonious unit. The front view of the car animates powerful


      dynamism through the sheer presence of the upright BMW kidney grille, large


      air intakes and dual round headlights slanted back at an attractive angle. For


      the fi rst time the daytime driving light function is provided by corona rings


      with LED technology. Boasting clear-cut horizontal lines, the rear end comes


      with that characteristic look of width, power and muscle further enhanced by


      L-shaped rear light clusters with homogenously illuminated rows of lights in


      LED technology.

      • The luxurious and, for a car with this kind of coupé-like silhouette, surprisingly


      generous and variable interior gives both the driver and passengers


      a spontaneous feeling of comfort and well-being. This superior feeling is


      further enhanced by comfortable entry to the car, the slightly elevated seating


      position, the large window areas, the optional panorama glass roof, as well as


      exquisite materials and supreme quality of fi nish.

      • Flexibly adjustable, the interior of the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo enables


      the driver and passengers to vary the generous space inside the car as they


      wish to their individual, personal requirements. In their standard position,


      the rear seats offer the passengers the same kind of legroom as in the


      BMW 7 Series combined with the same headroom as in the BMW X5. In


      this configuration, luggage capacity is already an ample 440 litres or 15.4 cu


      ft. Thanks to the partition behind the rear seats, the passenger and luggage


      compartments are separated acoustically and in terms of climate conditions


      from one another like in a saloon. When required, the rear seats may be


      moved individually to the front by up to 100 millimetres or almost 4", with


      legroom still remaining the same as in the BMW 5 Series Saloon and an


      increase in luggage capacity to 590 litres or 20.7 cu ft. And after folding down


      the rear-seat backrests together with the partition, finally, luggage space


      increases to its maximum capacity of 1,700 litres or 59.5 cu ft.

      • Offering unique functionality, the two-piece tailgate on the


      BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo provides exceptional variability and maximum


      comfort in loading the luggage compartment. Opening the small, sedan-like


      luggage compartment lid beneath the rear window, with the tailgate as such


      remaining closed, the driver and passengers are able to conveniently load


      the rear compartment without causing any unpleasant noise, draughts or


      changes in temperature within the passenger compartment. To load large


      and bulky objects, on the other hand, all they have to do is open the large


      tailgate for maximum convenience.

      • The sheer space and the inspiring, modern design of the interior team up to


      provide a truly luxurious ambience and the supreme long-distance comfort of


      a modern Gran Turismo. The sleek surfaces on the front and rear door panels


      merging smoothly into one another as well as the horizontal arrangement of


      the instrument panel enhance the impression of supreme generosity. Seat


      comfort, headroom and elbow freedom are all of the highest standard otherwise


      to be found only in the luxury performance class. The slightly elevated


      seating position, the clear, structured arrangement of the controls, BMW's


      new iDrive with its Control Display up to 10.2 inches in size, and the cockpit


      in Black Panel technology all help to give the driver maximum supremacy at


      all times. The rear seats may be adjusted individually fore-and-aft and also


      come with individual adjustment of the backrest angle. To meet the greatest


      demands in terms of individual luxury, finally, two individual comfort seats at


      the rear are available as an option.

      • The BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo is entering the market with a choice


      of no less than three ultra-modern drive units carrying over


      BMW Effi cientDynamics into a new segment in the automobile world. The


      BMW 530d Gran Turismo offers a truly unique, unparalleled balance of


      driving experience and fuel economy with average fuel consumption in the


      EU test cycle of just 6.5 litres/100 kilometres, equal to 43.5 mpg imp, and


      a CO2 rating of 173 g/km. The two gasoline models also set new standards


      for efficiency in their respective engine class.


      As a world-first achievement introducing a new and even more efficient


      range of engines, the BMW 535i Gran Turismo comes with the first straight six


      gasoline engine featuring TwinPower Turbo, High Precision Injection


      and VALVETRONIC and developing maximum output of 225 kW/306 hp.


      The top engine in the range, fi nally, is the V8 TwinPower Turbo delivering


      maximum output of 300 kW/407 hp in the BMW 550i Gran Turismo. The


      BMW 530d Gran Turismo, in turn, comes with a 180 kW/245 hp straight-six


      diesel of the latest generation with an all-aluminium crankcase and common rail


      direct fuel injection. All engines naturally fulfil the EU5 emission standard.

      • All model variants come as standard with the eight-speed automatic transmission


      previously to be admired only in the BMW 760i twelve-cylinder luxury


      saloon. Featuring an innovative configuration of gearsets, a unique level of


      internal efficiency and the same low weight and compact dimensions as a


      six-speed automatic transmission, this high-tech automatic combines gearshift


      comfort, dynamic performance, and motoring efficiency of the highest


      calibre. The most advanced engine technology, the innovative eight-speed


      automatic transmission, and a wide range of unique technologies in the


      context of BMW EfficientDynamics allow the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo to


      set new standards also in terms of economy and emission management.

      • The modern, demanding suspension technology of the


      BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo is designed for both fascinating driving


      dynamics and supreme grand touring comfort. The double track control arm


      front axle and the Integral-V rear axle exclusive to BMW are made largely of


      aluminium. Standard features also include rear axle air suspension as well as


      hydraulic rack-and-pinion steering with a steering servo pump operating on


      demand. Integral Active Steering is available as an option, combining active


      steering of the front wheels with rear-wheel steering varying according to


      driving conditions and current requirements.

      • Featured as standard, Dynamic Drive Control influences not only the gearshift


      dynamics, but also the gas pedal and steering assistance control map. In


      combination with optional Adaptive Drive, the dampers with infinite variation


      on both the inbound and rebound stroke contribute to the superior suspension


      function. In addition to the NORMAL, SPORT and SPORT+ programs,


      the driver also has the choice of the COMFORT mode available directly from


      the Dynamic Drive Control button on the centre console. A further point is


      that intervention in DSC Dynamic Stability Control is reduced in the SPORT+


      setting and in the traction mode.


      The optimised body structure in conjunction with appropriately coordinated


      and electronically masterminded passive safety systems ensures maximum


      occupant safety at all times. These systems include three-point inertia-reel


      seat belts on all seats, frontal and side airbags as well as head airbags at the


      side, crash-activated headrests at the front, runfl at tyres and a tyre defect


      indicator. The standard features include foglamps and adaptive brake lights,


      with bi-xenon dual headlights including a daytime driving light function as well


      as Adaptive Headlights with variable light distribution and Bending Lights all


      coming as an option.

      • The BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo is also available as an option with the


      complete range of features from BMW ConnectedDrive, including Cruise


      Control with Stop & Go, a High-Beam Assistant, Lane Change Warning,


      Lane Departure Warning, Speed Limit Info, BMW Night Vision with detection


      of individual persons, Side View, Top View, and a back-up camera. Over


      and above these outstanding features, BMW ConnectedDrive also offers


      BMW Online, BMW Assist, BMW TeleServices, as well as an Enhanced


      Emergency Call function automatically determining and reporting the current


      location of the car.

      • The wide range of standard features offered by the


      BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo includes automatic air conditioning, an audio


      system, an AUX-In connector bush, and the Integrated Owner's Manual.


      Optional features include four-zone automatic air conditioning (standard in


      the BMW 550i Gran Turismo), telecommunication and navigation systems,


      a USB port, an 80 GB hard disc for navigation data and the user's private


      music collection, a multi-channel audio system, a DAB double tuner, a DVD


      entertainment system at the rear, a Head-Up Display, a panorama glass roof


      optimised for noise control and attractive design, as well as an electrically


      swivelling trailer hook.

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