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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