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2015 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo Luxury Lounge Edition

2015 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo Luxury Lounge Edition

For the 2014 model year, BMW decided to take the beautiful 3 Series and ugly it up a bit by releasing the Gran Turismo version. The 3 Series GT is the definition of a niche vehicle, as it hovers in the no man’s land between a wagon and a compact SUV. For the 2015 model year, the U.S.-spec 3 Series GT saw limited changes, but the Japan-spec model earned a new, limited-production model dubbed the 320i Gran Turismo Luxury Lounge.

This special model doesn’t have anything overly wild and crazy to make it special. Instead, BMW focused on adding in a handful of premium features without jacking up the price too much. The issue is with such a narrow niche and plenty of traditional wagons to choose from that offer more features, more room and a lower price, it is arguable whether this limited-edition 320i GT makes any sense or not.

Continue reading my review of the 2015 BMW 320i Gran Turismo Luxury Lounge to learn more.

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2014 BMW 3-Series GT

2014 BMW 3-Series GT

The 5-Series GT is one of the most unsuccessful models BMW has ever offered. However, the company is bound and determined to get the GT formula right and has now expanding this option to new generation 3-Series.

The difference between the unsuccessful 5-Series GT and the new 3-Series GT is that the latter will drop the twin-door hatch design in favor of a normal one piece hatch. It will also be 7.87 inches longer than the standard model and offer the added bonus of more headroom due to the shooting brake layout. The four-door coupe designed body will combine a set of raised, sliding rear seats with a high lifting tailgate that should make accessing the larger cargo area very trouble-free. This formula may very well make the car a bit more successful than the 5-Series GT.

The official debut will be made next month at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.

UPDATE 04/05/2013: BMW has just released an all-new product presentation video of the upcoming 3 Series GT. You can see the video above.

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BMW 3-Series GT Images may Have Leaked

BMW 3-Series GT Images may Have Leaked

The GT version of the new BMW 3-Series has been caught testing many times, but each time the car was heavily camouflaged. Today, however, an image has surfaced on the internet and it appears to reveal the real 3-Series GT.

The 3-Series GT version will be about 15 inches longer than the standard model, meaning it will offer increased interior and cargo room. Unlike the 5-Series GT, the new 3-Series GT will drop the twin-door-hatch design in favor of a normal one-piece hatch.

Under the hood, the 3-Series GT will be offered with the same engine lineup as the sedan version, meaning customers will have to choose between four engines - two gasoline engines and two diesel engines- with power ranging from 163 horsepower to 306 horsepower.

If the image posted on a French forum turns out to be real, we should expect the official details in the upcoming days. Of course, this might also be just a Photoshop’d image…

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2011 BMW 535i GT

2011 BMW 535i GT

What happens when you take a sports sedan and add sprinkles of practicality? You get the 2011 BMW 535i GT. This car lets you carve the corners and allows you to transport the kids in comfort..sounds like a winner in our book.

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BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo by Hamann

BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo by Hamann

Hamann released today details on their tuning package for the new BMW 5-Series GT. The tuner focused on improving both the car’s aerodynamics and performance.

The tuner started with a lowering kit and then proceeded to add a front spoiler, side skirts, and a rear spoiler in a subtle or striking design, as required to improve the car’s driving dynamics. Hamann didn’t stop there, however. They then added a new rear apron and four impressive stainless steel exhaust pipes that will make this vehicle purr like a kitten.

Under the hood the 530d model has been tuned to deliver a total of 275 Hp and an impressive 620 Nm at 1750 RPM. This is obviously an increase from the previous 245 hp and 540 Nm of torque the BMW was working with. The boost of torque will leave the BMW 530d with a 20Nm of torque advantage over the standard BMW 535d.

Not much is added to the interior. In fact, the only differences will be the pedals and footrests coming in an aluminum design and a silver HAMANN inscription added to the black foot mats. The package is finished with gigantic 22-inch tires.

This package is equally as impressive as the package delivered by AC Schnitzer back in March. The only difference is that AC Schnitzer was able to push the BMW 5 Series GT a little further in the horsepower department by taking it to 286hp. The other minor differences would be purely based on personal taste. Which do you prefer?

Press release after the jump.

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2011 BMW 550i xDrive Gran Turismo

2011 BMW 550i xDrive Gran Turismo

BMW has unveiled the BMW 550i xDrive Gran Turismo in China at the Beijing Auto Show. This is the first BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo to be equipped with the xDrive all-wheel-drive technology.

The BMW 550i xDrive Gran Turismo is powered by a 4.4 liter V8 engine featuring BMW TwinPower Turbo technology and High Precision Injection. The engine delivers a total of 407 hp and a peak torque of 442 lb-ft and is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. This also makes the 550i xDrive Gran Turismo become the first model to combine BMW’s intelligent all-wheel drive with an outstandingly dynamic, smooth, comfortable, and highly efficient eight-speed automatic transmission.

Press release after the jump.

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BMW 550i GT - US prices revealed

BMW 550i GT - US prices revealed

BMW USA announced prices for the 550i GT - the only 5-Series Gran Tursimo version the US market will get. Sales will begin in spring of 2010 at a price of $64,725, including an $825 destination fee.

The 550i GT is powered by a 4.4L V8 engine that delivers a total of 400-hp and a peak torque of 450 lb-ft. The engine is mated to a new 8-speed automatic transmission and sprints the car from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.4 seconds, while top speed is 150 mph when equipped with the Sport Package (priced at $4,200).

Full list of prices after the jump.

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The BMW 5-Series GT gets some new wheels from AC Schnitzer

The BMW 5-Series GT gets some new wheels from AC Schnitzer

A new set of wheels can go a long way towards improving the appearance of an automobile. Not only do they change the car’s stance, but when done correctly, they can completely transform the vehicle’s character. The German tuner AC Schnitzer has come up with a few new offerings tailored to fit the BMW 5-Series GT alter the more spacious luxury sedan’s appearance according to the owner’s preference. For the first time AC Schnitzer is offering their new ten spoke Type VIII Racing Forged Wheel as well as their classic Type V Lightweight Forged Wheel and the two tone Type IV BiColor rim sized anywhere from 19 to 22 inches in diameter.

To go along with the new shoes, AC Schnitzer also has a few performance upgrades like a set of sport tuned rear silencers and polished tailpipes a reworked suspension for improved handling and better road feel. There are also a few aerodynamic components in the works from AC Schnitzer that will emphasize the bold character of their rim selection.

Press release after the jump.

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BMW 5-Series GT by Hamann

BMW 5-Series GT by Hamann

Even if it was just unveiled, the new BMW 5-Series GT has undergone its initial round of customization from the German tuner Hamann. Even if there are no official details about the modified GT, it is apparent that the kit will start by transforming the sporty 5-Series’ front end with a modified front bumper as well as a new rear unit, some new exhaust tips a different set of tailpipes, a set of Hamann’s signature wheels painted black as well as a host of unique interior accessories.

The BMW 5-Series GT is currently being offered with three different engines. The first is the new 3.0 Liter turbocharged straight six that makes 306 HP and 295 lb-ft of torque, a 4.4 Liter twin turbo V8 producing 408 HP and a 3.0 Liter turbo diesel mill that makes 245 HP, but we are expecting to see an improvement of at least 30 HP or more from the aftermarket manufacturer.

Stay tuned for more details.

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BMW 3-Series GT rendering

BMW 3-Series GT rendering

The Bavarian automaker BMW has made quite a name for themselves in recent years by inventing previously unknown segments of the new car marketplace. It all started with a brilliant show of marketing when the automaker came up with a replacement for the taboo Sport Utility Vehicle market with the BMW X6 Sports Activity Vehicle. More recently, instead of going the crossover route, BMW has reintroduced the more spacious automobile combining the practicality of a wagon and the spirit of a sports car with their Gran Turismo line of vehicles. That family is growing with the upcoming GT variant of the entry level BMW 3 Series GT and this rendering has just hit the internet, giving a cue as to what the future Bimmer will look like and get this, the marketing team has come up with another catchy acronym to describe the vehicle; Progressively Active Coupe.

Although the 3 Series GT is set to be unveiled sometime in 2011 the most recent rumors are suggesting that a full sized concept will make an appearance as early as the Frankfurt Motor Show. The GT will slot in nicely between the ever popular 3 Series sedan and utilitarian wagon. The 3 Series GT will cater to new car buyers looking in the smaller vehicle segment and will share some personalization features like the optional bench or individual seating for the rear passengers. Under the hood BMW will use the latest turbocharged six cylinder gas as well as diesel motors and a few additional petrol and alternatively fueled turbo four bangers.

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The BMW 5 Series GT could replace the wagon, already unavailable in the U.S.

The BMW 5 Series GT could replace the wagon, already unavailable in the U.S.

According to Edmund’s Inside Line, the future BMW 5-Series wagon might be dropped from the luxury automaker’s lineup and and replaced with the new sports inspired 5-Series GT. Well, at least for the U.S. market. Why? Here in the good old U.S. of A. We place a large emphasis on names. It was very unfortunate for the truck when global warming gave the large body on frame vehicles a bad name, so the automaker’s advertising departments began marketing Sport Utility Vehicles, and everything was great until gas prices skyrocketed after Hurricane Katrina and new car buyers were looking for 4 cylinder cars instead of V6s. That is when some whiz kid came up with the term “crossover” and everyone felt good about buying over sized vehicles once again.

BMW being as bold as they are declared that there was a new kind of utility vehicle on the market when they released their plus sized fast back X6. The Sports Activity Vehicle was more extreme than a sports version and way more fun than an avant. So when the Bavarian automakers decided to expand on that theme with a couple of Grand Touring models, the company realized that American consumers would rather buy a CUV than a wagon. They experienced their best sales year for the 5-Series station wagon in 2005 when the company sold 2,351 units; they hope to move as many as 8,000 Gran Turismo 5s per year.

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BMW confirmed 3-Series GT for production

BMW confirmed 3-Series GT for production

The German automaker BMW has confirmed that the next generation of their entry level 3-Series will also get a GT version to follow the current 5-Series GT. The new model is officialy set to be unveiled in 2011. The new 3-Series GT will be placed between 3 and 5-Series models set to compete with models like the Audi A4 Avant. According to BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer: "We haven’t cancelled the crossover of the 3 Series, as it is considered a volume builder with which we can earn good money."

Sized somewhere between an SUV and an avant, the future BMW GT will be 15 inches longer than the standard model and offer the added bonus of more headroom due to the shooting brake layout. The four-door coupe designed body will combine a set of raised, sliding rear seats with a high lifting tailgate that should make accessing the larger cargo area very trouble-free. The design will be inspired by both the CS Concept and the 5-Series GT.

The 3 Series GT will have a unique two-stage tailgate, giving owners the option of opening just a small part of the trunk or the complete tailgate (including the rear window) if more space is desired. The vehicle will be offered in both four and five seater versions, and under the hood BMW will incorporate a wide range of turbo and diesel engines.

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BMW 3-Series GT on its way for 2011

BMW 3-Series GT on its way for 2011

Like its bigger brother, BMW’s 3-Series sedan will receive the fastback treatment just like 5-Series GT. Top Speed originally reported that the 3-Series GT wouldn’t see the light of day before 2013, but new information is saying that it will arrive much earlier than that. Set to be unveiled sometime in 2011, the GT will slot in nicely in between the always popular 3-Series sedan and utilitarian wagon.

Sized somewhere between an SUV and an avant, the future BMW GT will be 15 inches longer than the standard model and offer the added bonus of more headroom due to the shooting brake layout. The four-door coupe designed body will combine a set of raised, sliding rear seats with a high lifting tailgate that should make accessing the larger cargo area very trouble-free. The design will be inspired by both the CS Concept and the 5-Series GT.

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Video: BMW 5-Series GT in action

Video: BMW 5-Series GT in action

The German luxury car builder, BMW, has just released their first video of the new 5-Series GT showing the cars capabilities on the street. The new Bimmer GT will go on sale June 23rd in Europe, starting at around 58,000 euro, for the 43.5 MPG 3.0 Liter diesel version, and will go all the way up to 84,500 Euro for the top of the line 550i GT with its TwinPower turbocharged V8 making over 400 HP.

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2010 BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo

2010 BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo

Top Speed recently showed you some images of the production version of BMW’s latest sports activity vehicle, the 2010 5 Series Gran Turismo. With this all new offering, the German automaker is grabbing a firmer hold on a segment of the market that they created, the luxury performance SUV.

The new 5 Series GT offers the style of a fastback while offering the roominess of an SUV. The GT SAV will be powered by a duo of gasoline engines and a rather efficient turbo diesel version. The entry level 535i Gran Turismo comes with a first for BMW, a TwinPower Turbo, High Precision Injection and VALVETRONIC straight six making 306 HP.
The high performance 550i GT comes with a V8 TwinPower Turbo engine producing a maximum output of 407 HP.

The alternatively fueled BMW 530d Gran Turismo, comes with a 245 HP all aluminum six cylinder diesel featuring the latest generation common-rail direct fuel injection. Like the rest of the lineup, the 530 takes advantage of its eight speed transmission to get an impressive 43.5 MPG.

Full details in the press release after the jump.

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BMW 5-Series GT - first official images

BMW 5-Series GT - first official images

The German luxury car maker BMW is preparing a high performance crossover based on their 5 Series platform. Despite the company’s best attempts, the first official images have leaked onto the web, major thanks to the French Magazine.

The production version will be based very closely on the concept car that was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show. The only differences that we can spot are the restyled side view mirrors and the split five spoke rims.

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BMW X1 and 5-Series GT on sale June 23rd

BMW X1 and 5-Series GT on sale June 23rd

BMW will unveil the production versions of their X1 crossover and 5-Series GT performance machine at the BMW Plant in Leipzig, Germany on June 23rd. Although most of the press materials for the 5 Series GT is already widely available, the car is awaiting an official debut.

The X1 CUV has most recently made a public appearance for a photo shoot. From what we could see, the production version is faithful to the concept from back in 2007.

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BMW Gran Turismo officially confirmed

BMW Gran Turismo officially confirmed

Rumors about the production version of the BMW CS Concept unveiled this year at the Shanghai Auto Show have been circulated for quite a while now. But now those rumors has been officially confirmed by BMW: the Gran Turismo will be made under the leadership of Gerhard Richter.

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