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2010 BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo - Review

 

BMW flew me out to the prettier parts of New Jersey, stuffed me full of rich food, and put me through a day of "university" before letting me loose behind the wheel of the 5-Series GT.

Some physicists say that if you keep slicing any distance in half, you'll get smaller and smaller lengths until--theoretically--you reach the smallest distance possible, a length so small it's almost unimaginable. BMW must be approaching that theoretical quantum limit with the intervals in their model range, as the new 5-Series Gran Turismo--or GT, as it's badged--somehow finds space between the 5-Series sedan, X6 sports-activity "coupe" and the 5-Series Touring wagon.

Despite its closeness to other models in the BMW range, including the 7-Series, with which it shares its wheelbase and some styling elements, the 5-Series GT does stand out in several ways. In the end, though, it's still very much a familiar bit of BMW engineering.

But before we get into the GT's similarities, let's look at its unique attributes. Aside from the basic areas of space and configuration, which we'll address in a moment, the 5-Series GT has just one other area of contrast with the 5-Series, X6 and 7-Series it shares so much DNA with: the driving experience.

2010 BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo

2010 BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo

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Unlike even those other BMWs, the 5-Series GT lacks a real feeling of connectedness to the road. The stiff-but-slow tuning of the electric power steering certainly has something to do with it, as does the somewhat less noticeable transition from normal, to sport to sport plus settings on the adjustable suspension. Throttle response is tame, and acceleration, though forceful in the 550i twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 models tested, isn't breathtaking or even very exciting. It really doesn't feel like 5.4 seconds 0-60 mph or 400 horsepower, a fact possibly explained in part by the car's near-5,000-pound curb weight. The lack of a rear limited-slip differential and a stability control system that's still engaged even when traction control isn't also add to the disengaged feeling behind the wheel.


 
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Comments (5)
  1. How about asking BMW the tough question., i.e., Is the new 5 series going to do better than the last one's poor 3-Star crash test result?
     
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  2. "Anyone still complaining about it is either a Luddite or just technologically feeble"
    ... or is a user of audi's MMI system and wonders why it's so difficult for BMW to get it right. Like Windows, constantly attempting to reshape their OS to match the experience OSX provides, so to does BMW seem to get closer and closer to Audi, yet that distance seems to be halved every time. iDrive, quite simply, isn't as good as MMi, by any stretch or quantifiable measure. It's better than volvo's system, sure, but hardly on par with the gold standard.
     
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  3. I am huge fan of the 5 series. Gave up my 01 wagon 18 months ago and still miss it. This is a great blend of sedan and wagon without going back to the wagon, which is the plan right now. Hopefully BMW will intro a six cylinder version that might be a little more gas friendly...and they should feel free to omit the i-drive at any time.
     
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  4. any one know when the new 3 seriese well release??
    and i dont like the outer desien of 5 seriese 2010
    but the internal is very good
     
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  5. Watch out! Audi has already released A7 this week, which looks really great! Again BMW is too late!
     
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