2010 BMW 535i Gran Turismo Drive Test

2010 BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo Driver Side Front Three Quarter Motion

 

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I just drove the all-new 2010 BMW 5-series Gran Turismo, or GT, for the first time. Here are some initial thoughts.

First, I liked the vehicle much more than I expected, both in terms of its design and packaging and in the way it drives. It feels much more like a 5-series than like an X5. In fact, it has virtually nothing in common with the X5 other than its largely successful attempts at utility, but in the way it goes down the road, it’s very close to a 5-series.

I drove two examples of the 535i GT, which is powered by BMW‘s new, turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder. Unlike the twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter that we’ve come to know and love across the BMW lineup in recent years, this engine has a single, twin-scroll turbocharger, and it’s the first BMW turbo engine with Valvetronic. It makes the same 300 hp and 300 lb-ft as the previous turbo six. Why the new engine? Because it allows BMW to more easily meet newer, more stringent emissions regulations.

Will the 5-series GT find favor in America? It’s hard to say, but our initial experiences with the vehicle indicate that it’s a nice combination of driving and utility.

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