Long before the words "Gran Turismo" defined a videogame juggernaut, the Italian phrase signified a car capable of comfortable long-distance travel and enjoyable athletic ability. With the new 2010 BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo, BMW looks to reclaim the phrase from Sony, carve out another market niche, and sell a few cars along the way.
The signature feature of this 5 Series sits under its rear window. A short, sedan-like lid covers a standard trunk, which can be separated from the rest of the cabin by a moveable partition. Around the lid is a liftgate that incorporates the rear window and an upper section of bodywork. The rear opens in two ways: the entire lid and rear glass, hatchback-style, or just the lower metal, like a normal trunk. Releases for both openings are on the rear, in the cabin, and on the keyfob.
So, what's the point? Well, the hatch allows for legroom similar to the 7 Series, plus 15.5 cu ft of trunk space. With the seats folded, the space expands to a healthy 60 cu ft. The standard rear seats accommodate three people, split 40-20-40, and move fore and aft 3.9 in. for comfort or added cargo space. The 5 Series GT's optional Luxury Rear Seating Package features two multi-adjustable power seats with an in-between center console that sports cup holders and a storage compartment. For added enjoyment, a rear seat entertainment system is available.
The front seats come standard with 10-way power adjustments, including head restraint height, and sit higher than standard BMW sedans -- 1.8-in. higher than a 7 Series. Ventilated and massaging front seats are available, too. Dakota leather upholstery is standard, available in six colors. Nappa leather is an option, and comes in three colors. Trim selections include standard Dark Burl Ash wood, Ash Anthracite grey, and Fineline Matte wood.