A production-ready BMW 3 Series GT was spotted today in Midtown, NYC.
The new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo will arrive in the US, as both a 328i and a 335i, in the summer of 2013 as a 2014 model. This third body variant of the current 3 Series model family unites the sporty-dynamic genes of the Sedan with the practicality and versatility of the Touring, along with enhanced space and ride comfort.
The new midsize Gran Turismo model is built on the 3 Series long wheelbase platform. At 4,824 millimeters long, 1,489 millimeters tall, 1,828 millimeters wide and with a 2,920-millimetre wheelbase, the 3 GT is notably larger all round than the 3 Series Sedan and Touring variants. The F34 is also 200 millimeters longer than the BMW 3 Series Touring and comes with a 110-millimeter longer wheelbase and stands 81 millimeters taller. Front and rear passengers all benefit from a seating position raised by 59 millimeters.
The most powerful variant offered is the 335i GT powered by a 3.0 liter turbocharged engine developing 225 kW/306 hp and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft). BMW 335i Gran Turismo accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 5.4 seconds and has a full consumption of 7.7 liters per 100 km. A six-speed manual gearbox comes standard while the eight-speed automatic is optional.
BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo was designed by Page Beermann, exterior designer, and Georg Allmendinger, interior designer.