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Rumblings of a 3-Series GT might have been little more than a shudder from the rumor mill, but according to a story published on BMWBLOG a smaller version of the unpopular 5-Series GT is on the way.
It might seem strange that the company would launch such a niche car after the previous iteration failed so heavily. Maybe BMW is jealous of Mercedes-Benz. Whatever the reason is, expect to see them launching in March 2013.
They will feature the same rear glass to stubby bum you would expect on a 4-door hatchback from BMW, in fact they really look like a saloon version of the old 318ti with updated styling.
Engine offerings should be the same as the new 3-Series lineup, so expect to see a 2.0-liter twin-turbo four making 240 hp and a twin-turbo 3.0-liter six-cylinder making 300 hp in higher end models.
BMW did actually tweak the formula a little with this car, offering more rear legroom than the 5-Series version. Don’t expect to see these hit American shores, though. The company is releasing a touring edition of the 3-Series for American consumers which makes sense because it seems few people actually buy hatchbacks in the U.S.
Studie AG is one of the rare but well-known Japanese tuners that specialize in European vehicles, more specifically BMWs. Over the past decade Studie AG has customized a huge range of BMWs, from vibrant to subtle, race cars to street cars. Their newest creation is a 2010 BMW 5-Series GT that has received a flat green ‘Safari’ theme.
The BMW F07 Safari was introduced at the 2010 BMW Familie event, sporting an interesting theme to the entire project. The exterior received a treatment from AC Schnitzer, which was slightly modified to incorporate LEDs in the front. The stock wheels were quickly dumped for AC Schnitzer’s Type IV wheels, measuring in at 19×8.5-inch and 19×9.5-inch. (19s never looked so small).
To complement the flat green exterior, white decals were added giving the project more of a military/camo style to go with the Safari theme. We’re actually digging the fact that Studie AG didn’t lower the car to its bumpers, further reflecting the Safari theme.
GALLERY: Studie AG BMW 5-Series GT Safari
[Source: Jon Sibal]
The verdict is still out on the styling of the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo with the interesting crossover concept of sedan and crossover in one. As we noted in our First Drive, the 5 Series Gran Turismo is more based on the 7-series sedan than the 5-series but has fantastic performance that makes it exhilarating to drive. Well for those that aren’t exactly in love with the 5 Series Gran Turismo styling, but love the concept and functionality of it, Hamann has you covered.
In typical Hamann fashion, a complete tuning program has been designed and manufactured for the Gran Turismo that’s exclusive to the North American market. Knowing that the Gran Turismo is targeted towards a slightly older demographic, Hamann has developed styling accessories that seamlessly bolt-on to existing body parts rather than full front and rear bumper replacements.
The front spoiler is mounted onto the OEM front bumper offering the car a slightly lower profile and more aggressive style while keeping it extremely clean and simple. Side skirts are replaced with sportier options while the rear sports a fashionable spoiler and rear valence insert. For those not familiar with Hamann’s rear valence inserts, you simply cut (a template is normally provided) your stock bumper and integrate the valence that is modified to sport Hamann’s quad-tip exhaust system.
Their engine modifications are targeted towards the European-market 530d increasing the factory 240-hp to 270-hp. Torque goes up from 400 ft-lbs to nearly 460 ft-lbs giving it more torque and performance than the more expensive 535d.
Interestingly enough, Hamann has outfitted the 5 Series Gran Turismo with a monoblock-style wheel sporting a 22×9-inch fitment in the front and 22×10.5 in the rear. We’re not a huge fan of the one-piece wheels, so one of Hamann’s 22-inch multi-piece offerings might give the car a more exotic and sophisticated look. But hey, the option’s there if it’s your cup of tea.
Interior amenities are standard offerings with aluminum pedals and footrest. And as always, a full custom interior can be done to your preference by Hamann.
We have to admit that we’ve always been on the fence with the styling of the Gran Turismo, but Hamann has done a real good job in making it stylish, sporty and attractive. We’re definitely fans!
GALLERY: Hamann BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo
The official press release from Hamann is available after the break:
BMW’s introduction of the 5 Series Gran Turismo may just spell the end for the company’s Sport Wagon – at least in North America. In a recent report on Autoblog, Martin Berkmann, the man responsible for product planning at BMW North America, said that the GT model could wipe out whatever small demand there is for the wagon in North America.
While a staple of the company’s product lineup overseas, luxury wagons have never been popular in North America. In fact, the 5 Series Sport Wagon is such a small part of the BMW lineup that it only offers one take-it-or-leave-it trim, the spacious, sporty and capable 535 xDrive.
New hatchback model to get 400hp twin-turbo V8
BMW has just released the first official photos and details on the 5 Series Gran Turismo (GT). The “Gran Turismo” name was attached to this new model as BMW believes the car will bring the functionality of a hatchback or crossover to the luxury sedan segment in the same way a traditional Gran Turismo vehicle brings the functionality of a luxury car to a sports car.
There are a few unique aspects to the 5 Series GT, and the rest will be familiar to BMW aficionados.
Obviously original is the vehicle’s design, looking somewhat like a big Japanese hybrid. That large rear end serves a purpose, however, and can be opened in one of two ways. First, just the back panel can swing up to give access to a dedicate trunk space. Second, the entire hatch can be opened – and with the rear seats folded cargo room goes from 15.5 cubic feet to 60 cu.-ft..
Another unique exterior highlight are the trademark halo lights, which now use LEDs. A panoramic glass roof will also come standard on U.S. models. Finally, the 5 Series GT also uses frameless doors – marking the first time BMW has ever gone this route with a four door.
Inside, a great deal of attention was paid to the rear passenger compartment. The rear seats can be adjusted forwards or aft by 3.9-inches and the back rest can tilt from 15 to 33 degrees. BMW says legroom is close to that found int he 7 Series, while headroom is close to what can be had in the X5.
A Luxury Rear Seating Package will also be offered with more adjustability for the rear seats as well as a large center console that takes the place of the middle seat – making the 5 Series GT a 2+2. This package also allows for the rear seatbacks to recline to 40 degrees.
As for the rest of the car, it is reminiscent of the new 7 series – right down to the engine. Yup, while the 5 Series GT may be called a 550i, it uses BMW’s new 4.4-liter direct-injection twin-turbo V8 with 400hp and 450 ft-lbs of torque. It also uses the new 8-speed transmission, which first appeared on the 760Li. Together this combo allows for a 0-60 mph time of just 5.4 seconds.
Other features this car shared with the 7 is the Driving Dynamics Control system, the Integral Active Steering (with rear steering), the black-panel display and the self-leveling rear suspension.
GALLERY: 2010 BMW 5 Series GT
Official release after the jump:
Thanks to a member of 5Post.com we have these amateur spy photos of BMW’s upcoming 5 Series GT out testing in Germany. While the telling details are covered up, it does not appear as though much has changed from the concept car first unveiled at the Geneva Auto Show back in March.
This isn’t really a surprise as at that show BMW board member Dr. Klaus Draeger referred to it as a “near-series concept.” The vehicle is based on BMW’s Progressive Activity Sedan idea and features a hatchback or sportback like rear end for improved cargo capacity and, therefore, functionality over the standard 5 Series.
It is 196.8-inches long, making it second only in length to the 7 Series. It is also 61.2-inches high, meaning it is exceed only by BMW’s X models.
The whole Gran Turismo luxury crossover segment seems to be an emerging automotive aero as Audi intends to introduce a similar model soon and Acura recently unveiled the ZDX Concept at the New York Auto Show.
We expect the upcoming 5 Series Gran Turismo to officially debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show this Fall.
GALLERY: BMW 5 Series GT Spy Photos