The impact made by the 5 Series Gran Turismo is instant, and endures once you take to the wheel and experience the driving dynamic. This sporty model straddles the saloon and coupé classes for a look like no other, and continues on BMW's luxury theme.
The vehicle looks confident, athletic and elegant all at the same time, as its muscular proportions are made up of sleek, flowing lines and premium details. The front view is unmistakably BMW with the kidney grille sitting between striking headlamps at the head of a sculpted bonnet. A single fold stretches down the waistline on each flank and ends at the boot lid, with the roofline rising higher above the rear seats to give the car its coupé appearance. To the body BMW also fits 18-inch alloy wheels, front fog lights, a twin exhaust and chrome surrounds for the grille and windows for an even more eye-catching visual.
It's a similar story inside where a refined interior makes you feel comfortable instantly. Dakota leather comes as standard for the supportive seats and you can choose from a variety of inlays such as dark Ash Grain wood for the doors, dashboard and centre stack. With its high roof even the tallest passengers have plenty of room on the rear bench, while in the front and back there are multiple storage options to keep key items tucked away. The cockpit has been designed with the driver firmly in mind, and keeping you fully informed during every mile is the instrument cluster with high-resolution info display. Navigation prompts, vehicle messages and audio details can all be viewed here.
Various other cutting-edge features add up to a fully connected and engaging experience inside the 5 Series Gran Turismo with many included as standard. Among the entertainment options are a BMW Professional radio with a 6.5-inch colour display and CD drive, plus the DAB tuner. Leading you to your destination via the quickest route is a BMW Business Advanced navigation system, and all of the above are commanded by touch alone using the iDrive Touch Controller. Another highlight is automatic two-zone air conditioning with separate settings for the driver and front passenger.
BMW allows you to choose the power output that suits your individual preferences when buying the Gran Turismo from new, as both petrol and diesel units are available. At the top of the range is a TwinPower Turbo V8 petrol featuring twin-turbo chargers for effortless acceleration. The unit produces 449bhp and 660Nm of torque to sprint from standing to 60mph in approximately 5 seconds. The lesser-powered 535i petrol achieves the same speed in 6.1 seconds, with the alternatives being three diesels. The 184bhp four-cylinder 520d is the most efficient of all, returning up to 51.4mpg and releasing 144g/km of CO2.
You can rely on the 5 Series Gran Turismo to keep you safe as well as excited, as it boasts a variety of sophisticated safety technology. Run-flat tyres help you to reach a repair centre should the tyre pressure fall, and Tyre Pressure Monitoring warns you when it drops to an unsafe level. All occupants also sit within a rigid shell which contains various active systems. Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) combines Cornering Brake Control (CBC), Hill-start Assistant, Brake Assist, a brake drying function and brake readiness to stabilise the vehicle should it begin to skid.
For practical yet rewarding motoring in luxurious surroundings few can match the new 5 Series Gran Turismo. Discover this for yourself by booking a test drive with your nearest Williams BMW centre soon.