Tuesday, December 15, 2009

BMW 5-series Gran Turismo

BMW 5 Gran Turismo review - in pictures
BMW 5 Gran Turismo review - in pictures
BMW 5 Gran Turismo review - in pictures

BMW 5-series Gran Turismo Price: £40,810 to £53,490

Before the GT label became appended to almost any car with sporty pretensions, the words Grand Tourer referred to long-legged, cross-continent touring in some level of luxury – and for that definition this new version of the BMW 5-series surely fits the bill.

Slightly shorter than a 7-series and available with a range of powerful engines, it combines comfort with a high level of performance and reassuring handling.

Claimed by the German firm to combine an “understated coupe silhouette” with the “luxurious interior of a 7-series”, it costs from £40,810.

BMW says it is the 19th “distinct model shape to be offered in the BMW portfolio”, and that it offers headroom equivalent to that of the X5 SUV.

The rear seats can be moved 100mm fore or aft to either increase the boot space or provide greater legroom for rear seat passengers. Even with the deats in the foremost position, legroom is simply not an issue.

With the rear seats moved forwards, the seat backs folded virtually flat and the parcel shelf removed and stowed beneath the luggage compartment floor, bulkier objects can be transported. A two-piece tailgate is claimed to be a first in the premium segment.

The Gran Turismo comes with many of the EfficientDynamics technologies already present on other BMWs. Brake Energy Regeneration, which recharges the vehicle’s battery during engine over-run, is standard. Active aerodynamics also play a part in the range’s efficiency, by closing flaps behind the trademark ‘kidney’ grilles to improve the aerodynamics.

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