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:

7 Responses to “Video: BMW 550i Gran Turismo Road Test”

  1. Lol says:

    Ugly turbo automatic. Designed for these modern BMW buyers. (Racial comment removed). Plus whats with all the ugly lens flares on the photo, cheap optics?

  2. wow says:

    Well, as I know the 5-series GT is sold all over the world, and even some swedes are buing it :-) ….and about the photo (lens) optic: It´s something that happens if you take a picture against the sunlight. Reflections in the lens. A little artistic feeling of the seventies….the 40+ -buyer gets a nostalgic feeling of his/her childhood…and buys the car!

  3. KOUKI507 says:

    I am a regular BMW blog visitor, and these last days i noticed a commenter named “Lol” who in my opinion souldn’t be allowed to post comments here anymore.

    I Know you guys are busy, so maybe your comments rating system will do the job.

    I personaly don’t like the 5GT at all but i think you can express your hate for the car without insulting a whole race.

  4. Giom says:

    Horatiu, do you have info on GT sales figures and if it sells as expected. I know it’s very early for that as the car is not available globaly yet, but just out of curiocity.

    Nice video tho. I’m impressed by the slalom results in Sport+. Don’t forget, this is a big heavy car.

  5. Nizer says:

    This car makes little sense for me. The only reason I drive a car this big is so that I can put a dog in the back while traveling, which you can’t do with this car. Well, maybe you could but PETA might go a little nuts. All of my other cargo needs can be handled with a normal trunk and roof racks. In my book this is just a big car that’s not really very functional.

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