BMW has lifted the wraps off the production version of its 5 Series Gran Turismo – a car the Bavarian firm claims transcends the SAV/Executive Saloon/GT boundaries
By Gareth Dean
When the 5 Series GT Concept first broke cover at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, two things became apparent – the “Concept” looked remarkably production-ready and, much like the current 5 Series, this model’s appearance looks set to polarize opinion.
Stylistically, little has changed. The production car retains the concept’s curved, coupé-like roofline, as well as the frameless windows and a powerful-looking characterisation of BMW’s face with a large kidney grille and slanted headlamps featuring LED daytime runing lights integrated into the corona rings. Along with its high, broad stance and plentiful creases and chrome finishes in the sheet metal, the 5 Series GT does appear to borrow cerating cues from the X6 and 7 Series (Okay, the nose is meant to be that of the next 5 Serie, but you get the idea), but Grand Tourer? Not so sure abou the presence of an 6 Series cues here…
Spaciousness is the key attribute of this car’s interior.The cabin features 4 individually-adjustable seats set in a fairly elevated manner, large glass areas, and the option of a panoramic glass roof. BMW claims that the interior offers similar rear legroom to the 7 Series and 440 dm³ of luggage space when the seats are fully extended, and 5 Series-rivalling legroom when moved forward to free up 590 dm³ of luggage space. Fold the seats down, and luggage space grows to 1 700 dm³, easily accessed via a two-piece tailgate.
The engine lineup comprises two petrol units, both of which feature what BMW refers to as “TwinPower” – a combination of turbocharging, high-precision fuel injection and Valvetronic, as well as a common-rail diesel. The 3,0-litre six-cylinder petrol engine develops 225 kW and 400 N.m of Torque. The 3,0-litre straight-six diesel develops 180 kW and 540 N.m of torque, while the range-topping 4,4-litre V8 delivers 300 kW and 600 N.m of torque. All of these units send their power to the rear wheels via and 8-speed automatic transmission lifted from the 760i grand saloon.
A detailed gallery with further information on the 5 Series GT will follow shortly.