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Rumor: BMW may build a cheaper 5-series GT -520d GT?

Rumors | October 26th, 2009 by 3
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The BMW 5 Series GT is scheduled to make its North American debut in November while the European models had a head start and already …

The BMW 5 Series GT is scheduled to make its North American debut in November while the European models had a head start and already unveiled the 5 GT models.

In Europe, the entry level model is the 530d GT that has the latest generation of 3.0-liter diesel. The engine outputs 241bhp of power at 4000rpm and 398lb ft of torque from 1750 to 3000rpm.

Today, Autocar UK reports that BMW is considering adding a 4-cylinder engine to the 5 Series GT fleet with the scope of offering a more affordable entry level luxurious model.

Rumor: BMW may build a cheaper 5 series GT  520d GT?

The engine would come from the 320d model which provides over 50 mpg on the combined cycle.

“We are looking at the twin-turbo diesel and are likely to see that soon,” said the car’s product manager, Michelle Roberts, “nothing is confirmed yet but a four-cylinder diesel is also being looked into.”

In the UK, the BMW 530d GT currently sells for around £40,000.

In the U.S., BMW will initially launch the 550i GT followed by the 535i GT model next year.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=584867244 Matt Stokes

    That’s going to be a pretty poor bhp/ton for a car that will undoubtedly cost a bundle!

  • NCF

    A stupid idea that will erode GT brand value as much as it eroded 5 series value and exclusivity. Four cilinder engines should be used only on 3 series and bellow

  • John Atkinson

    Had a test drive in the 5GT 3.0 Diesel which engine is obviously the latest version of my current 5 saloon 3.0 diesel. I asked if the latest BMW diesel – the 4.0 now available in the 7 series – will be fitted to the 5GT. The salesman was unable to answer me. I think it would be a marriage made in heaven !

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