BMW’s 5 Series Gran Turismo slices another niche in the market

Published on May 13th, 2010

Just days after the introduction of the new sixth generation BMW 5 Series, Munich’s own take on the classic Gran Turismo genre has been brought in the from of the BMW 535i Gran Turismo.

“The introduction of the BMW 535i Gran Turismo complements our line-up of the new BMW 5 Series range in Malaysia, a car that has already been tremendously well received by the market, as well as our successful BMW 7 Series luxurious limousine offering. It is a BMW that combines the supreme driving dynamics of the BMW 5 Series with the interior space, characteristics and luxury of the BMW 7 Series. The BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo is so exclusive that we at BMW Group Malaysia are only introducing the car in limited numbers.” said Geoffrey Briscoe, Managing Director of BMW Group Malaysia.

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The truly niche market 535i Gran Turismo has a few distinguished features that sets it apart from the 5 Series sedan. Frameless windows are complimented by fully variable rear seats and a twin trunk lid that cleverly disguises a smaller compartment accessed by the glass lid on the trunk over the full trunk compartment. Luggage capacity stands at 440-liters and can be increased to 590-liter with the rear seats moved 10cm forward. Maximum capacity however is 1,700-liters with the rear seats completely folded.

Apart from being in a class of its own, the 535i Gran Turismo was the first Bimmer to receive the new BMW TwinPower Turbo inline-six engine. The 3-liter engine, that is found on the 535i sedan as well, has its turbo driven by two separate exhaust gas streams that are split from the six cylinders. The effects, combined with Valvetronic and High Precision Injection, results in 306hp, 400Nm of torque and a century dash of 6.3 seconds.

All that power reaches the rear wheels through the same 8-speed automatic transmission found on the sedans.

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In line with the groups aim to produce vehicles with more power but a lower carbon footprint than its predecessors, the 535i Gran Turismo boasts fuel consumption of 8.9-liters/100km and CO2 emissions of 209grams/km.

BMW’s EfficientDynamics comes as standard, as it does with the 5 Series sedan range. Brake Energy Regeneration Electromechanical steering.

Driving Dynamic Control is standard as well, allowing the driver selection between Normal, Comfort, Sport and Sport+ driving modes.

As with all BMW’s, driving pleasure is an integral part of the equation for the Ultimate Driving Machine and a slew of driver assistance techs are available. Integral Active Steering combines the Active Steering on the front axle with the rear axle to control the steering angle based on wheel rotation speed, steering wheel angle, yaw rate and lateral acceleration.

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The rear wheels can be turned by up to 2.5-degrees opposite to the front wheels angle at speeds up to 60km/h to decrease the turning angle by about half a meter.

On the outside, the 535i Gran Turismo is undeniably from the DNA of the current sisth generation 5 Series. The front fascia features the daytime running lights of LED corona rings while the rear gets the L-shaped brake lights. However, it’s distinguished from the sedans by its coupe-esque roofline, sweeping bonnet and longer wheelbase.

Its elevated seating position provides for a better view for the driver while the reclining rear seats that can dip back 33-degrees gives superior comport and legroom for passengers.

Furthermore, occupants are cosseted by premium quality finishings fit only for a Bimmer in the form of Dakota leather, fine-wood trim Fineline natural and chrome door sill finishers as well as a panoramic glass roof that pops up 4.4cm.

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The interior is further decked out in a host of entertainment features such as BMW Navigation system Professional, Hi-Fi System Professional and Radio BMW Professional. A 10.2-inch display screen on the front dash is the cherry atop the entertainment cake as it’s hooked up to the hard-disc supported system with up to 80GB of storage for audio files. Of course the rear occupants also get divvy on the entertainment system with two 8-inch inclinable monitors on the rear.

Finishing off the package is BMW ConnectedDrive, BMW TeleServices, BMW Telematics Platform Accessory that includes an emergency Vehicle Recovery System and BMW Assist remote services. USB ports and Bluetooth connectivity are part of the mix too.

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The 5 Series Gran Turismo and 5 Series sedan will be available in all 14 BMW dealerships from 15 May onwards.

If you’re thinking of picking up a 535i Gran Turismo for yourself, be ready to drop some serious coin on it. Pricing stands at RM638,800 (OTR, w/o insurance, with BMW Service Inclusive + Repair).

More info on the 5 Series sedan is available here, http://www.trafficmagonline.com/go-high-for-bmw’s-new-5/

text: Dinesh Appavu  pix: BMW Group Malaysia

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