The BMW Gran Turismo 2011 Model
In 2010, BMW had created an additional hatchback variation of the 5 Series rear wheel drive platform; this was named the Gran Turismo 5 Series. This new model initially came with a 550i "GT", which is the same V8 twin turbo, 400 horsepower engine that is found in the 550i sedan model, with another engine option being made available at a later point; this is the same engine that is utilized within the 535i version. Even though the Gran Turismo shares the 5 Series name, it does in reality have more in common with the 7 Series of models. BMW has no further plans to import the wagon from the 5 Series, now that the Gran Turismo model has been released in the U.S. market.
The Gran Turismo shares the redesigned platform from the 7 Series, it has to be noted that the wheelbase has been increased by approximately 6 inches when compared to the 5 Series. Coming as standard are the adaptive xenon headlights, and 18 inch alloy wheels. The overall exterior appearance on this new model has been more streamlined than previous models and even its sibling, the 5 Series.
The general appearance of this new model has been totally restyled. The climate control readouts share the Black Panel technology that is utilized in the 7 Series, and now boasts an electroluminescent display. Also incorporated within the new Gran Turismo is a next generation iDrive system, this has already been installed throughout various other BMW models.
There is enough space within the Gran Turismo to accommodate up to 4 or 5 individuals, this is all depending on the configuration that has been set up with the rear seats. The cargo space can vary, in the standard configuration it has an area of 15.5 cubic feet of trunk space, while with the seats folded down the cargo space can be increased to a maximum of 60 cubic feet. Some other standard feature are 10 way power front seats and also a telescoping/tilting steering column.
The new Gran Turismo model is equipped with the powerful twin turbo, V8 4.4 liter engine that produces an outstanding 400 horsepower; this is the same engine that is found in the new 550i model. Another engine option is available and this one is shared from the 535i version, which is a turbocharged 6 cylinder engine outputting 300 horsepower, with an 8 speed automatic transmission available for both types of engine variations.
Safety features that are incorporated as standard into the Gran Turismo are front mounted side impact airbags, side curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes, electronic stability system, and head restraints. Adaptive cruise control with integrated collision warning system, blind spot and lane departure warning systems are all available optional extras.