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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