2010 BMW 5 Series GT Review: Car Reviews

16 May 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on 2010 BMW 5 Series GT Review: Car Reviews
BMW 5-Series

BMW’s new 550i Gran Turismo takes the road less traveled

FAST FACTS

1. Currently the BMW 5 Series GT is available exclusively in 550i form with a twin-turbo 4.4L V8 that makes 400-hp and 450 ft-lbs of torque.

2. Despite the car’s 5 Series name, it rides on a shortened 7 Series platform, offering much of that cars high-luxury goods, with the 5 Series’ more dynamic driving feel.

4. Standard features included Xenon adaptive headlights, parking distance, Dynamic cruise control and 20-way front seats with Active Ventilation and Active Support (a massage function designed to keep the driver and occupant alert).

5. Pricing for the 550i GT starts at $67,000 with the 535i GT due out next Spring.

However, BMW thinks, that Gran Turismo is appropriate for this, its new, large, car/crossover thingy. When we first heard of the 5 Series GT, we were a little skeptical. Here was yet another vehicle in search of a market, one that tries to make a connection to the great GTs of old, but doesn’t quite fit the mold.

But then we got to actually see it and drive it.

5 SERIES, OR 7 SERIES?

BMW 5-Series

In all honesty, it seems perhaps a little baffling at first, why BMW elected to call this car the 5 Series Gran Turismo, because it’s got more in common with the just launched 7-Series than the 5. It’s built on the 7 Series chassis (albeit one that’s three inches shorter). It uses the same 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 and 8-speed ZF transmission. It also adopts the 7’s front suspension arrangement as well as an optional active steering system.

And when you sit inside the thing, everything smacks of 7 Series too – from the layout of the dash, to the center console with its storage bin that features a divided opening lid, plus the buttons to the left of the shifter, for the standard Driving Dynamics Control.

From a styling aspect, the 5 Series Gran Turismo looks like a car at the front, but more like a crossover at the rear, yet somehow it all blends together fairly well – a lot more so than some of Munich’s offerings over the last several years. Our only criticisms are the somewhat awkward looking rear light clusters and ‘double’ rocker panel creases. As you’d expect from BMW, fit and finish is excellent, with nice detailing, especially around the front fascia.

Frameless doors are also a nice touch.

Although it bears a very strong resemblance to the current 7 Series, when you get behind the wheel, the cabin is one of the GT’s major party tricks. Yes you’ve got the familiar dash and console design, the fairly large steering wheel, de-rigueur BMW ‘intelligent’ shifter and obligatory iDrive rotary knob, but the seats are different. You sit about two inches higher than in the regular 7 or 5 Series.

For this humble scribe, they’ve also got a unique feel to them, with better adjustment and bolstering, making them a comfortable place to be, even after a couple of hours driving. Even operating the 4th generation iDrive has more or less second nature – could it be it’s improved that much over the last few years, or that we’ve just become more accustomed to it? Probably both.

SPACE AND FUNCTIONALITY FOR PASSENGERS AND CARGO

In the back however, is where the Gran Turismo stands apart from just about every other car currently on the market. The standard second row seating, consists of a three-place bench with rake adjustment as well as fore and aft; much like the front chairs on most mainstream passenger vehicles.

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