BMW 5 Series Gran TurismoMay 27, 2009
The new BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo is here. It may not be a super-green city car, but it does come with BMW’s EfficientDynamics emissions-reducing technology. This would be likely to make it the lowest emission car in class – if it had any other cars in its class.
BMW thinks this is a new niche that needs to be exploited. The idea of the 5 Series Gran Turismo is that it combines a luxury saloon with the practicality of a hatchback and the seating height of a crossover. The seat height is a key element in the design, the aim is to provide a higher driving position with better visibility and easier access.
The 5 Series Gran Turismo is available as either a four-seater or a five-seater. It comes with a two-piece tailgate, which can be opened as a boot or tailgate – this may be a first in the premium segment, but Skoda has already done it.
The new 5 Series Gran Turismo comes as a 530d, a 535i or a 550i.
The biggest seller in the UK is predicted to be the BMW 530d GT. The 2,993cc six-cylinder engine can achieve 43.5mpg and CO2 emissions of 173g/km, which is not bad in a car of this size. At the same time it can reach 62mph in 6.9 seconds with a top speed of 149mph.
The Gran Turismo comes with many of the EfficientDynamics technologies already on other BMWs.
Brake Energy Regeneration which recharges the vehicle’s battery during engine over-run is standard. On-demand control of the car’s ancillary units such as the electrical coolant pump and the powering steering pump can all be decoupled to save draining power from the engine. Active aerodynamics also plays a part in the range’s performance and efficiency by closing off flaps behind the kidney grilles to improve the aerodynamics of the car.
All models come as standard with BMW’s new eight-speed automatic gearbox. The all-new transmission is six per cent per cent more fuel efficient than the previous six-speed automatic.
All cars also come as standard with Drive Dynamic Control, which allows the drivers to fine tune the chassis configuration to suit their needs, either Normal, Comfort, Sport and Sport+, with each setting changing the steering assistance, throttle response and gear change characteristics.