From Concept to Reality – The BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo

5 Series GT | September 21st, 2010 by 10
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A series of short films which aired on German TV brings the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo back to the spotlight. The videos takes back …

A series of short films which aired on German TV brings the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo back to the spotlight.

The videos takes back at the beginning of the 5er GT and how the new model came along, starting with the early design phase, continuing with the testing stages and the now famous BMW prototypes, and following through its unveiling at the Geneva Motor Show in 2009.

Before we dive into the videos, here is a recap on the 5 Series GT. 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. The 5 Series Gran Turismo tones down the front-end of the 7 by offering a more attractive and easier accepted design.
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The design of the 5 Series GT started in late 2005 with the first sketches, but the actual design process began in 2006. The new BMW 5 Series GT takes the interior design of a BMW at the top of the luxury scale and for the first time, BMW has designed the car from the inside out.

10 responses to “From Concept to Reality – The BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo”

  1. Kenee says:

    As an engineer I have to say that I am most impressed with the 5 GT. As a BMW driver and long standing owner of 8 BMWs in my driving history I must say that the 5 GT has been the best to drive on long and short distance travel. This is just such a perfect but yet misunderstood car. What really makes me laugh is how people react when they sit next to me in my GT or are given the chance to drive it. I know of 4 GT drivers who have bought their GT after such an encounter through my business meeting outings with them. the GT is one hell of a BMW for those who are looking for that ultimate experience and not just an every day ordinary car experience. These clips show the making of a grand car and not just a BMW car.

  2. Tom says:

    awesome videos, great post!

  3. bimgville says:

    Very good timing on this article. I swapped my 335d (which i adore) for the week with a 535GT for a 10 hour drive. I’m 5 hours in and I love it. It’s certainly a different car from a 3, but for good reason. It can’t be beat for long distances!

  4. Efoza says:

    Now we can see why the 5 GT is such a good car.

  5. It’s a lot of work, tests and many other things… but this car is not exactly competitor to Mercedes CLS… What a shem… :/

    • wazon8 says:

      Of course, it’s not CLS competitor and that wasn’t even point of this car. It appeals to totally different kind of customers – to those, who admire spacious of SUVs, but dislike the way they drive and those who – for some reasons – find wagons to be unattractive and still too small cars. I need to say that I like 5GT, there is more and more of them in my neighbourhood and I perfectly undestand the reasons why people buy them, although I wouldn’t buy one for myself. Even though I find long journey in 5GT to be really great thing to do.

    • TB says:

      BMW’s direct rival to MB CLS is coming in the next 2 years – the 6- Series Gran Coupe.

  6. Ross says:

    The concept art is great, the final product is lacking. The concept is much more elongated, less bloat in the beltline and a more raked back roofline. The has been a launch 5-series GT at my local dealer for almost a year, I don’t think they’ve sold any at all yet.

  7. Autoselect says:

    That is quite a nice draft and it would really wow the people if this ever comes in the market. I bet many consumers would want to have these in their hands. But it would surely take some time before a prototype will be made.

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