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The BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo (Australia)

February 19th, 2010
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BMW is once again defining a brand-new segment in the automotive sector.

The BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo is as unique vehicle concept that combines the essential features of a luxury saloon, a modern Sports Activity Vehicle, and a classic Gran Turismo.

Stylish and elegant in design, this unique four or five-seater is emphasised by the coupé-like roofline, long bonnet, generous wheelbase and two-piece tailgate. The extra-large and light flooded interior offers luxurious comfort, a slightly elevated seating position for comfortable and convenient access as well as superior all-round visibility and truly impressive variability.

For the first time on a BMW all four doors are frameless – a design solution that not only indicates the vehicles coupé-like silhouette but also emphasises the elongated roofline in the finest tradition of a Gran Turismo.

Superior performance is ensured by powerful yet fuel-efficient engines which, thanks to comprehensive BMW EfficientDynamics features, all conform to the EU5 emissions standard.

Customers can choose between a 180 kW six-cylinder in-line diesel unit, a new 225 kW six-cylinder in-line petrol engine, and a 300 kW V8 petrol engine, the latter two fitted with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology and High Precision Injection.

The 5 Series Gran Turismo features fuel saving measures employed under the BMW EfficientDynamics banner allowing for unrivaled power and efficiency.  Content includes Automatic Air Vent Control on the BMW 530d Grand Turismo, Brake Energy Regeneration and 8-Speed transmission on all models and High Precision Injection on the BMW 535i and BMW 550i Gran Turismo.

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The new BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo is the first vehicle in the world to combine unrivalled elegance, spaciousness and functionality in one ideal package. It builds on the strengths of existing vehicle concepts and fulfills the high expectations of customers looking for a vehicle catering not only for business but also for sports, leisure and family time. This versatility is unmatched by any competitor vehicle.

The twin boot lid of the new BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo ensures extraordinary versatility and flexibility.  As an alternative to opening the entire boot lid, which enables the loading and unloading of large items, the small boot lid below the rear window can also be opened separately. The benefit: smaller luggage items can be stored quickly and conveniently, while the passengers – unlike in an SAV or Touring are protected from noise and outside weather conditions when the partition wall is locked in place.

The large boot lid can be opened to accommodate bulkier items. The maximum tailgate opening height is 2,290mm and can be adjusted via the iDrive menu. The small boot lid can be opened separately and makes it quick and easy to put small items in the luggage compartment.

Positioned between the new BMW 5 Series sedan and the range topping BMW 7 Series, the new BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo reflects the exclusivity and luxury of ‘first class travel’. In keeping with this unique market positioning are the high levels of standard equipment for the entire model range. These include Dynamic Drive Control 4-zone automatic air conditioning, Adaptive headlights, Bi-xenon headlights, Automatic tailgate operation, Comfort access, Head-up display, Panorama sunroof, Rear view camera, Metallic paint, Navigation (Professional navigation standard on the BMW 535i Gran Turismo and BMW 550i Gran Turismo), Lumbar support, DVD changer and USB audio interface.

As its name alone indicates, the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo is ideally suited for a truly wonderful travel experience. The luxurious ambience immediately makes the driver and passengers feel at home, legroom at the rear is the same as in the BMW 7 Series, headroom is equal to that of the BMW X5. The tilt angle of the rear-seat backrests, in turn, adjusts individually to the respective, personal requirements of the passengers. And with the rear seats moving forward and back by up to 100 millimetres, together with the backrests tilting forward completely if required, luggage capacity may be enlarged up to 1,700 litres.

BMW EfficientDynamics entering a new segment.

The drivetrain technology featured on the new BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo comes with a wide range of innovations, the benefits provided by BMW EfficentDynamics now provide a unique balance of superior performance and supreme fuel economy.

Making its world premier in BMW 535i Gran Turismo is a new straight-six power unit, for the first time combining turbocharger technology, High Precision Injection, and BMW’s fully variable VALVETRONIC valve management. Displacing 3.0 litres, the BMW TwinPower Turbo delivers 225 kW at an engine speed of 5,800 rpm, with an equally outstanding, spontaneous and direct response as well as peak torque kept consistently at 400 Newton-metres from 1,200–5,000 rpm.

The top-of-the-range power unit is the V8 TwinPower Turbo with High ­Precision Injection in the BMW 550i Gran Turismo, developing maximum output of 300 kW between 5,500 and 6,400 rpm.

The BMW 530d Gran Turismo, to round off the range, offers particular highlights in terms of all-round economy. Its latest-generation 3.0-litre straight-six diesel comes with an all-aluminium crankcase as well as common-rail direct fuel injection with piezo-injectors, delivers 180 kW at 4,000 rpm, and gives the car average fuel consumption in the combined EU cycle of just 6.5 litres/100 kilometres , as well as a CO2 emission rating of just 173 grams per kilometer.

All engines naturally fulfil the EU5 emission standard. In addition, all variants of the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo come with an innovative eight-speed automatic transmission combining an extremely quick gearshift with maximum efficiency.

Other key BMW EfficientDynamics technology features include Brake Energy Regeneration with instrument cluster display, Air Vent Control (BMW 530d Gran Turismo), Low Rolling Resistance Tyres and Light weight aluminum panels.  

Through its wide range of qualities, the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo meets all the demands of a modern target group looking for a vehicle providing perfect harmony in meeting all kinds of requirements and demands in life – both as a prestigious and elegant company car and as an active leisure-time vehicle.

Design: versatile sportiness, stylish elegance.

In its exterior design, the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo offers a unique combi­nation of versatile sportiness and stylish elegance. Proportions typical of BMW, four doors with frameless windows and a coupé-like stretched roofline all come together in perfect harmony authentically reflecting the many qualities of the car.

The front view is characterised first and foremost by the strong presence of the low-slung BMW kidney grille, the large air intakes and the characteristic dual round headlights. The BMW kidney grille itself is slanted slightly to the front, its upper edge forming the foremost point on the body. The dual round headlights likewise slanted at an angle and extending far into the side panels merge at the top into a matt trim cover, thus generating the clearly focused look so typical of the BMW brand.

Apart from the direction indicators, the corona rings on the headlights come for the first time with LED light units.  Included in the standard Bi-xenon headlights the LED units may be operated in two stages: Dimmed to approximately 10 per cent of their full power, the LED light units serve as positioning lights. Operated at full power, on the other hand, they act as daytime driving lights in a particularly brilliant white again in that typical BMW look.

A further feature immediately recognisable from the side is the waistline at the level of the door openers characteristic of BMW, extending from the outer edge of the headlights, rising slightly along the entire length of the car, and continuing all the way to the contours of the rear light clusters.
The two outer rooflines as well as the shoulder lines come together in the airflow spoiler on the tailgate, giving the fastback-like rear end an almost compact look. Otherwise, horizontal lines dominate the rear view of the car, with the look of power and muscle being further underlined by the wheel arches flared far to the outside.

The rear light clusters merge far into the side panels, ensuring that the full width of the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo also comes out clearly in the car’s night design. Rows of lights fed by LED light units provide a homogenous light pattern, again giving the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo a distinctive look on the road and making sure that the car is always clearly recognisable.

The interior: generous space and comfort, individual luxury.

 Spoilt for choice with an extended colour pallet both inside and out.

In terms of exterior paint colours, upholsteries and interior trims the new BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo is available with extended colour pallet, with no additional cost for metallic paint. Exterior colours range from Alpine White and Black as non-metallic colour options and also in the following metallic colours as no-cost options: Titanium Silver, Black Sapphire, Deep Sea Blue, Space Grey, Milano Beige, Neptune Blue, Imperial Blue Brilliant Effect, Sophisto Grey Brilliant Effect, Orion Silver and Damast Red.

On the inside, luxury Dakota leather is standard and is available in Black, Everest Grey, Veneto Beige, Ivory White/Black, Ivory White/Ivory White and Cinnamon Brown. Exclusive Nappa leather with extended contents is available as an option.

Pricing

Pricing of the exclusive new 5 Series Gran Tursimo will be positioned in between the new BMW 5 Series and BMW 7 Series.  Equipment and standard specification levels reflectived of its premium positioning.

Manufacturer’s Recommended List Price (incl. GST & LCT)
BMW 530d Gran Turismo          $143,400*
BMW 535i Gran Turismo           $151,400*
BMW 550i Gran Turismo           $192,900*

* Manufacturer’s Recommended List Price is shown and includes GST and Luxury Car Tax (LCT) but excludes dealer charges, stamp duty, statutory charges and on-road charges which are additional and vary between dealers and States/Territories. Customers are advised to contact their nearest BMW dealer for all pricing inquiries.

Model Variants:

    BMW 535i Gran Turismo:

    Straight-six gasoline engine with TwinPower Turbo, High Precision Injection and VALVETRONIC,
    Capacity: 2,979 cc,
    max output: 225 kW at 5,800 rpm,
    max torque: 400 Nm from 1,200–5,000 rpm,
    Acceleration 0–100 km/h: 6.3 seconds,
    Top speed: 250 km/h,
    Average fuel consumption to the EU standard: 8.9 Liter/100 kilometres,
    CO2 emissions to the EU standard: 209 g/km, emission standard: EU5

    BMW 550i Gran Turismo:

    V8 gasoline engine with TwinPower Turbo and High Precision Injection
    Capacity: 4, 395 cc,
    max output: 300 kW from 5, 500–6,400 rpm,
    max torque: 600 Nm from 1,750–4,500 rpm
    Acceleration 0–100 km/h: 5.5 seconds
    Top speed: 250 km/h
    Average fuel consumption to the EU standard: 11.2 litres/100 kilometres,
    CO2 emissions to the EU standard: 263 g/km, emission standard: EU5

    BMW 530d Gran Turismo:

    Straight-six diesel engine with aluminium crankcase and third-generation common-rail direct fuel injection (piezo-injectors),
    max injection pressure: 1,800 bar
    Capacity: 2,993 cc,
    max output: 180 kW at 4,000 rpm,
    max torque: 540 Nm from 1,750–3,000 rpm
    Acceleration 0–100 km/h: 6.9 seconds
    Top speed: 240 km/h Average fuel consumption to the EU standard: 6.5 litres/100 kilometres,
    CO2 emissions to the EU standard: 173 g/km, emission standard: EU5

With its unique body concept, a truly luxurious interior ambience, superior drivetrain and suspension technology, and innovative equipment features, the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo offers exactly the right standard of modern mobility in our modern times. It fulfills the demands and expectations of motorists looking for a generous driving experience, appreciating an exclusive ambience, and enjoying the benefits of a variable interior. In a nutshell, therefore, the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo presents the status and elegant style of an upper midrange model in an individual rendition oriented to the user’s personal requirements.


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