BMW releases info on its 2010 5 Series Gran Turismo

BMW releases info on its 2010 5 Series Gran Turismo

BMW 5 Series GT s

Controversial lead designer Chris Bangle has left BMW but his brand of car design remains. The latest proof of this comes with the announcement of the production 5 Series Gran Turismo, which is little changed from the concept launched in Geneva, except for a few details like smaller wheels and more conventional interior fabrics.

The undefinable 5 Series GT is, according to BMW, meant to combine “the characteristic features of a prestige saloon, a modern, highly versatile Sports Activity Vehicle, and a classic Gran Turismo” — the styling appears to be consistent with this ethos but the final judgement will be passed in sales figures for the vehicle.

BMW has disclosed so far that the European spec gasoline model range will be composed of the 306 horsepower, 3.0-liter 535i Gran Turismo and the 550i Gran Turismo, which relies on a powerful dual-turbo 4.4-litre V8 good for 407 horsepower. Finally, there’s the 530d Gran Turismo, which offers a 3.0-liter, 245 horsepower I6 diesel powerplant and a tidy C02 rating of 173 grams per km. Regardless of engine choice, the sole gearbox offering will be the eight-speed automatic gearbox lifted from the 760i luxury sedan. The multi-cogged unit will increase overall fuel economy, and help performance for any model in the range. BMW are quoting 0-100 kph times of 6.3 seconds for the 535i GT, 5.5 seconds for the 550i GT, and a thoroughly respectable 6.9 seconds for the 530d GT.

Check out the promotional video of the new BMW 5 Series GT below.

BMW 5 Series GT s

Controversial lead designer Chris Bangle has left BMW but his brand of car design remains. The latest proof of this comes with the announcement of the production 5 Series Gran Turismo, which is little changed from the concept launched in Geneva, except for a few details like smaller wheels and more conventional interior fabrics.

The undefinable 5 Series GT is, according to BMW, meant to combine “the characteristic features of a prestige saloon, a modern, highly versatile Sports Activity Vehicle, and a classic Gran Turismo” — the styling appears to be consistent with this ethos but the final judgement will be passed in sales figures for the vehicle.

BMW has disclosed so far that the European spec gasoline model range will be composed of the 306 horsepower, 3.0-liter 535i Gran Turismo and the 550i Gran Turismo, which relies on a powerful dual-turbo 4.4-litre V8 good for 407 horsepower. Finally, there’s the 530d Gran Turismo, which offers a 3.0-liter, 245 horsepower I6 diesel powerplant and a tidy C02 rating of 173 grams per km. Regardless of engine choice, the sole gearbox offering will be the eight-speed automatic gearbox lifted from the 760i luxury sedan. The multi-cogged unit will increase overall fuel economy, and help performance for any model in the range. BMW are quoting 0-100 kph times of 6.3 seconds for the 535i GT, 5.5 seconds for the 550i GT, and a thoroughly respectable 6.9 seconds for the 530d GT.

Check out the promotional video of the new BMW 5 Series GT below.

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