Video: BMW 550i Gran Turismo Road Test

Videos | February 7th, 2010 by 7
5 GT 351 750x500 Video: BMW 550i Gran Turismo Road Test

“Is it an SUV? A Wagon? Or about a hatchback?” This very same phrase we’ve been hearing ever since the first rumors of a new …

“Is it an SUV? A Wagon? Or about a hatchback?”

This very same phrase we’ve been hearing ever since the first rumors of a new BMW surfaced three years ago, but BMW surprised the automotive market with the introduction of a new niche model, a vehicle that, as InsideLine, mentions in their video review, it is hard to fit into a category.

Sure, it might not fit the bill of a true Gran Turismo, but it sure left a good impression on many people that have seen it or driven it.

Based on the platform of the new BMW 7 Series, the 5 Series GT was built on the same principle that made the original Gran Turismo vehicles so popular: a high-performance luxury automobile designed for long-distance driving and why not, having some fun while at it.

5 GT 351 655x435 Video: BMW 550i Gran Turismo Road Test

The model tested by InsideLine is the high-end 550i GT powered by a 4.4 liter twin-turbo V8 engine, as seen in the 750i. The powerplant produces 400 horsepower and 450 lb-ft of torque. All this power is sent to the rear wheels through the new ZF 8-Speed automatic transmission.

Let’s have a look:

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