Saturday 23 May 2009

New Car: 2009 BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo

BMW's all-new 5 Series GT has been revealed.

The GT will get sliding rears seats to either increase legroom or luggage space, upto a maximum of 1,700 litres with the seats down and under the rear hatch with a small trap door for easy access to the trunk.

BMW has announced 3 different engine variants to start in the GT with. The 3.0 litre turbo-diesel, 530d Gran Turismo, with 245bhp and 540 Nm of torque with a fuel economy of 43.5mpg combined and CO2 emissions of 173g/km. This will be the best seller in the UK. Petrol engines start from the 3.0 V6, 535i Gran Turismo with 306bhp and 400Nm of torque. This has combined fuel economy of 31.7mpg and pumps out 209g/km. Lastly, the slowest seller will be the 4.4 litre twin-turbo V8. With 407bhp and 600Nm of torque, this heavily dents fuel economy at 25.2mpg and emits 263g/km of CO2. Mated to these engines will be a new 8-speed automatic transmission, so far only featured in the 760i V12.

The GT's suspension is made mostly of aluminum, with BMW's unique Integral-V rear axle and a double track control arm for the front. Dynamic Drive Control is standard which, along with the optional Adaptive Drive, works with the air suspension at the back and the infinitely variable dampers to assure the most black-bear-climbing-a-tree-like traction and control.

Available on the GT will also be BMW's usual range of technologically including the iDrive with a 10.2 inch screen display, BMW ConnectDrive, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Change Warning, side, back and top view camera.

The 5 Series GT goes on sale in October with a starting price tag of £40,000.

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