Combining tech with beauty.
I’ve seen the BMW Gran Turismo on the road a couple of time and truthfully speaking, its exterior is not one that has made me look at it again. But that is expected when you are experimenting as BMW has done with the Gran Turismo- it always comes with its share of critics. I remember the same was said when BMW introduced the 6 series or Porsche’s Cayenne as well as their latest Panamera. Over time, all these cars grew on us and have now become massively popular.
So when I was offered the BMW 535 Gran Turismo 2011 model for reviewing, I accepted it apprehensively, hoping that it’s technology and interior would win me over. It did. Stepping inside it is the tech equivalent of unboxing an Apple product. Not only is the inside gorgeous to look at but the technology in it flows fluidly and seamlessly from start to go.
I received the V6 BMW 535 Gran Turismo (GT) with a TwinPower Turbo direct fuel injection 3.0 litre engine with VALVETRONIC technology. It has a maximum output of 306 hp with a top speed of 250 km/hr and acceleration from 0–100 km/h in 6.0 seconds. That’s plenty of power for everyday usage but if you want something faster, you can always opt for the V8 550i featuring a High Precision Injection 4.4 litre engine and a maximum output of 407 hp with a 0–100 km/h acceleration in 5.0 seconds.
Like almost all new cars that I have looked at, stepping in the GT is keyless as long as the FOB is in your pocket. Though I must point out that I had to manually pull out the FOB and unlock it by the button a couple of times during my testing as the car wouldn’t unlock by just pulling the handle. Once inside, you are treated with gorgeous dashboard and a familiar Start/Stop button that makes the GT come alive.
Before we get into the tech, let me just quickly say that the GT has the best looking interior out of all the cars that I have looked at. BMW has done a fantastic job of blending luxury with technology and the placement and design of every little thing feels throroughly thought out. None of the knobs, switches or buttons have the least bit of wobble in them- the GT is all class from the inside. Although the car feels a bit big in size from the outside, legroom is a bit lacking especially on the back seat so don’t expect to ride five comfortably. Even the boot looks bigger than it is.