BMW's New 5-Series Gran Turismo
BMW's new 5-Series Gran Turismo will be|
available in Australia during late Q1 2010.
24th June, 2009
In establishing an innovative car concept, BMW is setting fascinating
new highlights in the upper mid-range prestige segment. As a new entrant in a expanding segment, the BMW 5 Series
Gran Turismo combines essential features of a prestige saloon, a modern Sports Activity Vehicle, and a classic Gran
Stylish and elegant in design, this unique four-seater comes with a coupé-like, stretched and sleek roofline and
a two-piece tailgate. The extra-large interior offers luxurious comfort, a slightly elevated seating position for
comfortable and convenient access as well as superior all-round visibility covering all traffic conditions, and
truly impressive variability.
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 fore-and-aft up to 100 millimetres or almost 4", together with the backrests tilting forward completely if
required, luggage capacity may be enlarged up to 1,700 litres.
Engines both powerful and efficient, Dynamic Drive Control featured as standard, the most advanced suspension
technology, and innovative driver assistance systems, help to ensure a truly unique driving experience.
BMW EfficientDynamics entering a new segment.
The drivetrain technology featured on the new BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo likewise comes with a wide range of
innovations, the benefits provided by BMW EfficentDynamics now introduced in yet another car segment providing
a uniquely good balance of superior performance and supreme fuel economy.
A further highly significant point is the introduction of a new straight-six power unit in the BMW 535i Gran
Turismo, 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 grammes per kilometre, both figures being very good for a vehicle of this size and calibre.
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
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 asa prestigious and elegant company car and as an active leisure-time vehicle.
Introducing this kind of concept, BMW is once again responding to the market with the new BMW 5 Series Gran
Turismo making a powerful entry into the world of motoring as a completely new dimension. This new, unprecedented
and unparalleled car adds a further facet to the world of Sheer Driving Pleasure, arousing new enthusiasm for the
BMW brand also with additional target groups.
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.
Characteristic: daytime driving lights and rear light clusters in LED technology.
Apart from the direction indicators, the corona rings on the headlights come for the first time with LED light
units. In standard trim the light rings serve as the car’s positioning lights, while in combination with optional
xenon headlights their 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.
Boasting a roofline dropping slowly but consistently towards the rear of the car and merging into a spoiler at
the back, the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo successfully and attractively conveys a feature typical of a coupé to a
four-door car. The doors both front and rear come with frameless side windows.
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
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.
The unique feeling of space within the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo is enhanced by the shape and design of the
interior features, the interior colour scheme, and the choice of materials. The dashboard is subdivided
horizontally and comes with a cockpit featuring Black Panel technology and a Control Display for BMW iDrive
measuring up to 10.2" in size.
Apart from the electronic gear selector lever, the switches for Dynamic Drive Control as well as the iDrive
Controller are arranged conveniently on the centre console.
Both the driver and front passenger benefit from their slightly elevated seating position, this so-called
semi-command position allowing very comfortable and ergonomically ideal entry to the car and providing an
optimised overview of traffic conditions in the area.
The impression of a self-contained space surrounding – or, even more appropriately, cocooning – the car’s
occupants is further enhanced by the harmonious shapes and colours of the panels on the front and rear doors.
The interplay of ascending and descending lines and contours throughout the entire length of the interior
provides a homogenous picture forming an optimum link connecting the front and rear seats.
As an alternative to the rear-seat bench for three passengers featured as standard, with individual
adjustment of seat four-and-aft position as well as the backrest angle on all seats, the BMW 5 Series Gran
Turismo is available as an option with two single seats at the rear, in which case fore-and-aft adjustment of
the seat position as well as the backrest angle, the upper section of the backrest and the height of the head
restraint is all-electric. And as yet a further highlight, ambience illumination of the interior of the BMW 5
Series Gran Turismo featured as standard may be supplemented by additional light sources.
Even greater comfort when loading: two-piece tailgate and partition between the passenger and the luggage
The two-piece tailgate featured for the first time on a BMW ensures maximum comfort and variability when
loading. The two sections offer the choice of a small opening beneath the rear window and a large lid like on
BMW’s X models.
Both sections may be opened and closed individually, with the large tailgate featuring Soft Close
The unique partition between the passenger compartment and the luggage compartment ensures unrestricted
comfort also while loading. Whenever, with the partition closed, the driver and passengers open only the lower
section of the tailgate, the passenger compartment will not be affected in any way while loading by draughts
or other effects of weather, or by any noise or acoustic annoyance.
As long as the rear seats and the partition are in their standard position, luggage compartment capacity
is 440 litres or 15.4 cu ft. Moving the seats forward and unfastening the partition increases luggage capacity
to 590 litres. And when folding down the rear-seat backrests as well as the partition, the driver and
passengers benefit from no less than 1,700 litres.
New straight-six power unit: first-ever combination of turbocharging and VALVETRONIC.
The BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo is entering the market with a choice of two petrol engines and one diesel
power unit. A particular highlight in this context is the newly developed straight-six petrol engine now
making its debut and for the first time combining turbocharger technology, High Precision Injection,
and variable VALVETRONIC valve management all in one. This unique combination gives the new BMW TwinPower
Turbo a spontaneous and direct response to the 'go' pedal, exceeding even the response already offered by
BMW’s existing straight-six turbocharged engine.
This impressive response is the result of VALVETRONIC technology optimised once again as well as the
turbocharger system applying the twin scroll principle to separate the ducts of three cylinders at a time both
in the exhaust manifold and the turbocharger.
BMW’s High Precision Injection has also been enhanced to a higher standard of direct fuel injection
technology. Now HPI features new injection nozzles precisely dosing the supply of fuel and operating at a
pressure of up to 200 bar in the combustion chambers.
Displacing 3.0 litres, the new six-cylinder develops maximum output of 225 kW at 5,800 rpm, with peak torque
of 400 Newton-metres available all the way from 1,200–5,000 rpm.
Benefitting from this kind of power, the BMW 535i Gran Turismo accelerates from a standstill to 100 km/h in
6.3 seconds. The car’s top speed, in turn, is limited electronically to 250 km/h.
The exceptionally good balance of performance and fuel economy is clearly confirmed by average fuel
consumption in the EU test cycle of just 8.9 litres/100 kilometres. And, at the same time, the CO2 rating of
the BMW 535i Gran Turismo is 209 grammes per kilometre.
Eight-cylinder with BMW TwinPower Turbo and High Precision Injection.
The top engine in the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo is a V8 combining TwinPower Turbo technology with High
Precision Injection. Displacing 4.4 litres, this power unit develops maximum output of 300 kW in a speed range
from 5,500–6,400 rpm. Peak torque, in turn, is 600 Newtonmetres generated all the way from 1,750 to 4,500 rpm.
This V8 is the most efficient engine of its type and, at the same time, the world’s only petrol engine with
the turbocharger and catalytic converters arranged within the V-section between the two rows of cylinders.
The BMW 550i Gran Turismo accelerates from a standstill to 100 km/h in just 5.5 seconds, with top speed
limited electronically to 250 km/h. Average fuel consumption of the BMW 550i Gran Turismo in the EU test cycle,
in turn, is 11.2 litres/100 kilometres, while CO2 emissions are 263 grammes per kilometre.
Efficiency and pulling power: latest generation of diesel technology.
The straight-six diesel in the BMW 530d Gran Turismo presents the latest state of the art in BMW engine
development. Displacing 3.0 litres, this power unit comes with an all-aluminium crankcase, its turbocharger
system with variable intake geometry providing a dynamic but smooth flow of power tailored harmoniously to
current driving conditions.
Fuel is supplied by the latest generation of common-rail fuel injection using piezo-injectors operating at a
maximum pressure of 1,800 bar. In practice, this means engine output of 180 kW at 4,000 rpm, with peak torque
of 540 Newton-metres from just 1,750 rpm.
The BMW 530d Gran Turismo accelerates to 100 km/h in just 6.9 seconds and reaches a top speed of 240 km/h.
This sporting performance comes together with average fuel consumption of just 6.5 litres/100 kilometres in the
EU test cycle. And the CO2 rating of the BMW 530d Gran Turismo is just 173 grammes per kilometre.
Innovative, dynamic, efficient: eight-speed automatic transmission featured as standard.
All model variants come as standard with the eight-speed automatic transmission so far available only in the
twelve-cylinder BMW 760i saloon. This new transmission combines gearshift comfort, sportiness and efficiency of
a standard never seen before, serving to an even greater extent to reduce fuel consumption and emissions to a
level even lower than with BMW’s six-speed automatic transmissions used so far.
The new eight-speed automatic transmission excels through its innovative gearset confi guration providing
additional gears and an even wider range of gear increments without any negative effect on the size, weight,
and inner efficiency of the system.
All variants of the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo come as standard with BMW Effi cientDynamics, the various
technologies offered varying from one model to the other according to its particular character. Among other
features, Brake Energy Regeneration, on-demand control of the car’s ancillary units such as the electrical
coolant pump, the electrical steering assistance pump, the map-controlled oil pump and the detachable a/c
compressor, as well as consistent lightweight technology, optimised aerodynamics including active management
and control of the air flaps and, finally, tyres with minimum roll resistance ensure optimum fuel economy and
Cutting-edge suspension technology for even greater comfort, dynamism, and precision.
The modern suspension technology of the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo serves to ensure a wonderful motoring
experience, driving supremacy and outstanding safety at all times and under all conditions. One of the features
that makes this possible is the combination of a double track control arm front axle and an Integral-V rear
axle. In addition, the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo comes as standard with air suspension on the rear axle, 18-
and, respectively, 19-inch light-alloy wheels (the latter on the BMW 550i Gran Turismo), and a high
performance brake system.
DSC Dynamic Stability Control, finally, also comprises an electromechanical parking brake with its own
As an alternative to hydraulic rack-and-pinion steering with Servotronic featured as standard, the BMW 5
Series Gran Turismo is available as an option with Integral Active Steering featured for the first time on
the new BMW 7 Series.
As function of road speed, this unique steering influences steering forces by way of Servotronic and the
steering angle by means of the Active Steering Transmission on the front axle.
Integral Active Steering also controls the steering angle on the rear wheels, thus giving the BMW 5 Series
Gran Turismo even greater agility in city traffic and ensuring extremely smooth and superior lane change and
handling in bends also at high speeds.
Optional for even greater dynamics and additional comfort: Adaptive Drive.
The BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo is available as an option with Adaptive Drive combining electronically
controlled dampers and active anti-roll stabilisation. These highly innovative dampers adjust individually
both to road conditions and the driver’s style of motoring in order to prevent any undesired movement of the
BMW is the world’s first car maker to use a damper system with the adjustment
of the inbound and rebound strokes in a continuous, independent process.
At the same time active anti-roll bars on the front and rear axle reduce body
sway in bends to an absolute minimum, thus providing an even higher standard
of comfort and agility.
Featured as standard: Dynamic Drive Control for individual set-up of the car according to current requirements.
The BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo comes as standard with Dynamic Drive Control for an individual set-up of the
car in all its main features. This high-tech system influences the progressive curve on the accelerator,
engine response, the map control line for steering assistance, the gearshift dynamics on the eight-speed
automatic transmission, and the response thresholds of DSC Dynamic Stability Control.
Dynamic Drive Control is activated by a button on the centre console directly next to the gear selector
lever. Using this toggle function, the driver is able to choose among the NORMAL, SPORT, and SPORT+ modes.
In combination with Adaptive Drive, the system also serves to control the damper curves by way of Dynamic
Drive Control, in this case providing the additional COMFORT mode as a further option.
Innovative in design and construction: aluminium doors and panorama glass roof.
Apart from the engine bonnet and the front spring struts on the body, the doors on the BMW 5 Series Gran
Turismo are also made of aluminium. Serving as an outstanding design and construction feature, they reduce
the overall weight of the car by 28 kg. And, as a further highlight the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo is the first
large-scale production car from BMW to feature frameless windows in aluminium shell structure.
The panorama glass roof available as an option on the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo provides an even brighter
and, at the same time, more spacious ambience throughout the interior. Measuring 116 centimetres in length and
94.2 centimetres, the panorama glass roof provides an opening of up to 44 centimetres. With the rear glass
section bolted firmly to the body of the car, body stiffness is enhanced accordingly for even smoother driving
Optimum occupant safety on all seats.
Extra-strong load-bearing structures, generously dimensioned and exactly defined deformation zones, as well
as highly efficient restraint systems masterminded by high-performance control electronics set the standard
for the high level of passive safety the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo has to offer. To optimise passive
pedestrian safety, in turn, both the engine compartment lid and the side panels give way individually in the
event of a collision.
Over and above frontal and hip/thorax airbags, the car’s standard safety features include curtain head
airbags at the side, three-point inertia-reel airbags with belt force limiters, ISOFIX child seat fastenings at
the rear and, on the front seats, belt latch tensioners as well as crash-activated headrests.
The BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo is available as an option with bi-xenon headlights. The Adaptive Headlights
likewise available as an option ensure appropriate illumination of the road ahead, following bends and winding
roads in a flexible line.
The Bending Light function is integrated in the headlights, while a further feature of the Adaptive
Headlights is variable light distribution for optimum illumination of the road ahead also when driving straight
BMW ConnectedDrive and the most advanced driver assistance systems.
A number of features coming either as standard or as an option on the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo are exclusive
developments offered only by BMW. The leadership in technology BMW has to offer comes out, inter alia, in the
cockpit and climate control featuring Black Panel technology, the iDrive control system complete with direct
selection buttons, the unique range of optional navigation and audio systems with a hard disc memory, the
Head-Up Display as well as the exceptional choice of innovative driver assistance systems.
The options for exchanging information among the driver, his/her car and the surroundings provided by BMW
ConnectedDrive are equally unique. And last but certainly not least, the range of mobility services providing
traffic information, an emergency call function, vehicle, enquiry and office services, travel and leisuretime
planning facilities as well as internet connections is again unparalleled the world over.
The driver assistance systems provided by BMW ConnectedDrive ensure maximum supremacy and safety on the road.
These include the High-Beam Assistant, Lane Change Warning, Lane Departure Warning and Speed Limit Info. The
new generation of BMW Night Vision able to detect individual persons in the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo, in turn,
sets new standards in avoiding accidents while driving at night.
The wide range of features offered as standard, regular equipment include cruise control complete with a
brake function, while Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go comes as an option, maintaining a consistent distance
fromthe vehicle ahead by intervening in drive management and building up brake pressure whenever required.
Keeping a close eye on everything: PDC Park Distance Control, Back-Up Camera, Side View and Top View.
The new BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo comes as standard with PDC Park Distance Control at the rear, with PDC
available at the front as an optional extra. This is supplemented by a Back-Up Camera, with Side View and Top View
also available as an option. Side View uses two cameras integrated in the front wheel arches enabling the driver
to check out traffic coming from the side at an early point. Top View provides an even more detailed overview of
road conditions with the help of two additional cameras integrated in the rear-view mirrors.
Data provided by the Side View cameras, by the Back-Up Camera and the PDC sensors on the vehicle and its
surroundings is processed by a central computer generating an overall image presented in the Control Display and
showing both the car and its surroundings from a bird’s eye perspective.
Automatic air conditioning and personal entertainment for your individual well-being.
Featured as standard, automatic air conditioning in the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo is controlled in all its
settings by an array of buttons on the centre console. This allows the driver and front passenger to set
the temperature, the amount and the distribution of air via the control unit on the climate control panel,
individually for the right- and left-hand side of the car.
Four-zone automatic air conditioning standard in the BMW 550i Gran Turismo and coming as an option on the
other model variants also allows individual adjustment of temperature, air volume and distribution at the rear
left and right and comes complete with a separate control unit on the rear centre console.
Likewise featured as standard on the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo, the audio system boasts both a CD player and
an AUX-In port. A hard disc memory, in turn, makes the optional navigation system Professional particularly easy
and convenient to use. With its capacity of 80 GB, the memory allows particularly fast access to the digital
navigation maps and offers no less than 12 GB additional capacity for a large collection of music files. Optional
features include a six-DVD changer, a TV module, and a Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) receiver.
The entertainment systems available on the rear seats of the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo with their 8 and,
respectively, 9.2-inch screens integrated in the backrests of the front seats ensure particularly comfortable
and pleasant motoring.
Hands-free communication thanks to full integration of mobile phones and Smartphones.
The optional mobile phone preparation kit complete with a Bluetooth interface allows additional safety and
superior comfort in making telephone calls while driving. A snap-in adapter including a USB port comes as yet a
further option for the full integration of Smartphones with an MP3 function. Using this option, the driver and
passenger are able to use both the communication and entertainment functions of their mobile phone and
mastermind all functions via iDrive.
To provide even greater transport capacity, the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo is available with a towbar moving
in and out fully automatically by means of a switch in the luggage compartment. So operating the towbar manually,
with the risk of getting dirty in the process, is now a thing of the past. Maximum trailer load is 2,100 kg.
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 fulfils the demands and expectations of motorists looking for a
generous driving experience, appreciating an exclusive ambience, and enjoying the benefi ts of a variable
interior. In a nutshell, therefore, the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo presents the status and elegant style of an
upper mid-range model in an individual rendition oriented to the user’s personal requirements.