The most notable change comes under the hood, with the new turbocharged 4. Active head restraints, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system are also standard. There are, however, a few problems, like the jerky drive and atrocious fuel economy. With no paddles on the steering wheel, you'll need to tap the shifter for manual gear changes. It was released in 2009.
We had previously seen the cluster of buildings in downtown San Francisco rendered with video game quality. For design, the rear hatch, able to open as a trunk or hatchback, is very clever, providing flexibility for cargo. Get the optional navigation system, and the dash gets a massive 10. With its steeply raked hatch ending in a short, sedanlike trunk, the Gran Turismo measures about 6 inches longer than the 5 Series sedan. In bends more drive power is fed to the rear wheels in order to make the vehicle even more agile and avoid any understeer. On manual-seat models, like our test car, you simply pull one of the two paddles in the trunk and the corresponding seatback slaps forward and hits the seat cushion with a spring-loaded smack. Then there are the high-tech touches like the blackscreen dash gauges and the massive 10.
On the freeway, it was very nice, and we could see driving for many hours on a road trip in perfect comfort, except the poor gas mileage would rapidly drain our wallets. Turn after turn, the transmission's Sport mode refused to get aggressive, keeping the gears in midrange. Drivetrain The standard powertrain for the 5 Series Gran Turismo 535i and 535i xDrive is a 300-hp at 5,800 rpm turbocharged 3. Traditional console-mounted cupholders replace the ones that flipped out of the dashboard. The only other car we've seen with that many is the , although that car launched four years ago. Under the Hood The 528i has a 240-horsepower, 3. With a destination programmed into the navigation system, the head-up display also shows route guidance information.
For the following generation, the Gran Turismo models were moved to the model range and renamed the. Trunk space can be accessed by either flipping up the smaller reverse liftgate portion, or by lifting the entire back hatch glass included like a traditional hatchback. The Sport package added power-adjustable side bolsters to the front seats. The premium audio system in our car, which uses 13 speakers, was very good, but didn't reach audiophile standards. An optional luxury rear seat package added power adjustment to the rear seats and power side sunshades.
Worse, the 5-series gained 500 pounds in the Gran Turismo version. The suspension and car felt taut as we crammed it around the first turn, but the transmission wasn't giving us a whole lot of power for the exit. Seventeen-inch alloy wheels go on the 528. The 550i trim level, meantime, adds remote sunroof operation, voice-activated navigation with RealTime traffic, a universal remote garage door opener and auto-dimming mirrors inside and out. This state-of-the-art system complements the four-wheel independent suspension, double-wishbone front suspension, front and rear stabilizer bar, and multi-link rear end with four settings, Normal, Comfort, Sport, and Sport +.
Yes, its, uh, generous dimensions—3. With the car and transmission both set into their respective sport modes, we began tackling the turns. The feelings that drive imparted can best be expressed by the words confident, fitted and luxury. Looking at the tach, the engine speed was barely over 3,000rpm. Press release after the jump.
The 8-speed auto-manual transmission is described by most reviewers as responsive and well-matched to the respective powerplants. But what is more impressive is just how quickly the massive brakes bring it to a stop. The brakes themselves, however, are described as more than adequate to the task in emergency situations. The F07 uses the F01 platform and shares many components with the other 5 Series models. It includes Active Roll Stabilization, which attempts to actively counter body roll, as well as an adaptive suspension and customizable settings for both the drivetrain and suspension. Optional adaptive cruise control, meanwhile, now includes full stop-and-go capabilities to manage heavy traffic.
The 550i Gran Turismo had a few other features worth mentioning. At the most basic, a backup camera is optional, and is a good choice for the 550i Gran Turismo, as its high back end hampers rear visibility. Anyhow, when I'm not horsing the motor home around the roadways, I'm tooting around in the 2012 Ford Focus that we tow behind, or making runs to Home Depot and various malls with the 2004 F-150 that just won't die. The double-jointed back hatch, though an interesting tech achievement, seems a little over-designed, like using an aircraft carrier to launch homing pigeons. The hatch opens in two sections: The entire hatch can be raised, or a section below the rear window opens separately to reveal a trunk behind the rear seats and below a cargo cover.
As a result, xDrive enhances driving stability also in dynamic bends by recognising even the slightest tendency to over- or understeer at an early point in time, taking appropriate counter-action right away. In any case, drivers may wish to select the Comfort mode with its friendlier steering and softer suspension that mitigates bumps and ruts as well as providing a measure of maneuverability in tight spaces. Vehicle Overview Redesigned for 2011, the sixth-generation 5 Series offers a longer wheelbase, better fuel efficiency and more conventional styling than its predecessor. Injectors are incorporated into the cylinder heads, right between the valves, for direct injection. We think that expectation may be optimistic. Turn after turn, the transmission's Sport mode refused to get aggressive, keeping the gears in midrange.