(from BMW Press
Release) BMW CONCEPT 5 SERIES GRAN TURISMO AT THE 2009 GENEVA
A BMW with driving dynamics, compelling style, and versatility; the
BMW Concept 5 Series Gran Turismo.
Woodcliff Lake, NJ -
With the BMW Concept 5 Series Gran Turismo, BMW opens a new segment
in the automobile market by incorporating BMW driving dynamics,
quality, and style into a new type of vehicle. As was the case with
the BMW X5 as the world’s first Sports Activity Vehicle and the BMW
1 Series, to this day the only rear-wheel-drive premium small car,
BMW is again developing a new market segment and giving additional
driver groups the unique experience of The Ultimate Driving Machine.
The BMW Concept 5 Series Gran Turismo is the production-destined
rendition of the Progressive Activity Sedan (PAS) development idea.
For the first time, this concept car combines the looks and
appearance of a sporty BMW Sedan, a modern Sports Activity Vehicle,
and a classic Gran Turismo. Perhaps the most outstanding feature of
the BMW Concept 5 Series Gran Turismo is its combination of stylish
quality, luxurious comfort, and remarkable convenience.
As the name indicates, the BMW Concept 5 Series Gran Turismo is the
ideal car for long journeys while still offering a dynamic driving
experience in everyday traffic or short jaunts. The design of the
body presents the character of a BMW dedicated to sporting
A brilliant concept for modern
The BMW Concept 5 Series
Gran Turismo conveys modern mobility by focusing on the requirements
of a discerning driver who appreciates first-class ambience and
enjoys all the benefits of a flexible interior.
With this in mind, the BMW Concept 5 Series Gran Turismo projects an
individual flair oriented to each occupant’s needs and preferences.
Such flair makes it possible to win over new driver groups for BMW.
The BMW Concept 5 Series Gran Turismo is an attractive offer to the
driver wishing to retain classic features such as presence, luxury,
and quality while living a versatile and spontaneous lifestyle.
The interior of the BMW Concept 5 Series Gran Turismo combines
spaciousness, personal luxury, and an exquisite choice of materials
to provide a first-class experience. The entryways allow
ergonomically ideal access to all seats, the driver-oriented design
of the cockpit, in typical BMW fashion, suggests sporty performance,
and the slightly elevated seating position promotes good outward
Unique design in the rear provides a modern, generous atmosphere.
With the rear seats adjustable fore-aft by up to 4”, both legroom
and the seat angle may be set to the preferences of the passengers.
Headroom is virtually the same as in the BMW X5, giving driver and
passengers a genuinely comfortable experience.
Luxury, comfort, and impressive
With the rear seats slid
aft, legroom will be roughly the same as in the BMW 7 Series and
luggage capacity amounts to 15.1 cubic feet. With the rear seats
moved forward and the rear bulkhead partition opened, luggage
capacity increases to almost 20 cubic feet. Even in this position,
legroom in the rear still meets the demands for a full-size sedan.
After completely folding the rear seats as well as the bulkhead
partition leading to the luggage compartment, large and bulky
objects may be loaded into the rear. With the bulkhead partition
stowed in the floor of the luggage compartment, maximum luggage
capacity becomes nearly 58 cubic feet. For convenience, the rear
seats fold by pushing a button on the side panel of the luggage
compartment. The option to fold down the rear seats individually
provides even greater flexibility.
Optimum visibility thanks to the elevated seating position.
In the front seats, both driver and passenger benefit from a
slightly elevated seating position. This “semi-command” seating
position offers an optimum outward view, much like in the BMW SAV
Elegant interior design accents
the unique feeling of space.
In the cockpit, the
horizontally arranged, cascade-like surfaces finished in different
materials strongly accentuate the width of BMW’s new concept car.
The displays and controls are grouped according to their functions.
Through its design, the instrument panel enhances the very good
visibility provided by the elevated seating position, giving the
driver a clear view from above of the control elements for the
lights and the start/stop button on the middle level. Also important
in this context, the horizontal orientation of the entire cockpit
accentuates the generous character of the interior.
The trim bar stretching out as an arch through the entire width of
the instrument panel continues into the door panels. The interaction
of ascending and descending lines throughout the interior optically
connects the front and rear seats. All lines and surfaces, finished
with sophisticated materials, taper out behind the rear seats, and
give the interior its comfortable and spacious character. The flow
of lines, uninterrupted by the B-pillar, emphasizes the length of
the interior. Last but not least, the feeling of spaciousness is
augmented by the center console, which extends all the way to the
Special concept materials and
colors within the interior.
The colors and materials
for the interior further enhance the impression of personal luxury
and the interplay of surfaces and lines. All surfaces within the
interior are finished in high-quality natural leather, the surfaces
on the seats and the door armrests form a “comfort zone” in Glacier
White leather. This creates the impression of a bright brand
extending around the lower section of the instrument panel, the cool
and elegant color giving particular emphasis to the generous and
luxurious feeling of space.
The bright surfaces in
the comfort zone are surrounded by a dark, warm reddish brown, this
special color referred to as Copper Brown providing a smooth link to
the exterior paintwork.
The impression of modern luxury is further enhanced through the use
of authentic materials such as polished billet metal and ceramic
elements. The quality of the interior finish is borne out
particularly by the solid wood trim with metal inlays extending
generously across the instrument panel.
Instrument cluster with color
display in black panel technology.
The instrument cluster
of the BMW Concept 5 Series Gran Turismo is a high-resolution color
display in black panel technology presenting the four round
instruments in traditional sports car style, including status
displays, navigation data, and information from the Check Control.
Introduced in the new BMW 7 Series, black panel technology ensures
precise and sophisticated presentation of the instruments and
displays. In Rest mode the entire panel forms a homogeneous black
surface. When activated, the numbers on the circular instruments are
generated electronically along with other symbols on the display.
The iDrive Control Display screen, arranged on the same plane as the
instrument cluster, is integrated into the dashboard as a
free-standing element. The Control Display forms one common design
unit with the black panel and houses the controls for the audio
system and climate. For optical purposes, this unit is separated by
the horizontal trim bar with its central ventilation grid and a
storage box. In the BMW Concept 5 Series Gran Turismo, the special
look of black panel technology continues into the center console:
dynamism in typical BMW style combined with the elegance of a Gran
The body design of the
BMW Concept 5 Series Gran Turismo ensures an exciting balance of
innovation and tradition. The concept car stands out as a genuine
BMW, as the overall look of the exterior clearly alludes to the
extension of BMW’s model portfolio made by this unique automobile.
Indeed, the BMW Concept 5 Series Gran Turismo enters new terrain in
the history of The Ultimate Driving Machine.
In its exterior dimensions the BMW Concept 5 Series Gran Turismo
fits perfectly between the BMW 7 Series and BMW’s various SAV
models. Its length of 196.8" is second only within the BMW model
range to the 7 Series, while the car’s height of 61.2" is exceeded
only by BMW’s X models. The width is 74.8” and the wheelbase is
The characteristic look of the BMW Concept 5 Series Gran Turismo
results from the car’s proportions - the long hood, long wheelbase,
and the greenhouse moved aft bear out the athletic characteristics
of a BMW. These features are combined with elements that highlight
the qualities of the new concept; the large passenger cell bears
testimony to the luxurious, versatile interior. The coupe-like
roofline extends into the spoiler at the rear, and represents the
sporting elegance of a Gran Turismo.
Paintwork in Fluid Cuprite, a new color developed specifically for
this concept car, again highlights the unique design of the BMW
Concept 5 Series Gran Turismo. The extremely fine surface flair
reminiscent of liquid metal impressively models the surfaces on the
body through its powerful contours. And to provide an appropriate
supplementary touch, the brake calipers and the inner surfaces on
the exhaust gas tailpipes are finished in a new color called Copper.
Front view with forward-pushing
The front view of the
BMW Concept 5 Series Gran Turismo is characterized in particular by
the strong presence of the low-slung BMW kidney grille, the large
lower air intake, and BMW’s characteristic dual round headlights.
The BMW kidney grille is slanted slightly forward, its upper edge
marking the foremost point on the body. The kidney grille is further
accentuated by surrounding surfaces.
All contour lines flowing along the engine compartment out of the
fenders aim at the kidney grille at the front of the car. The air
intake, in turn, is lower in the middle where it extends beneath the
kidney grille. And last but not least the contours on the headlight
units taper out smoothly towards the middle of the car.
Just as the size of the BMW kidney grille demonstrates the engine’s
need for cooling air, the power dome in the middle of the engine
compartment lid emphasizes the sheer muscle of the engine itself.
The outer flanks of the hood facing downward form a cascade-like
contour together with the widely flared wheel arches, giving the
front view of the BMW Concept 5 Series Gran Turismo a wide and
The frontal impression is further enhanced by the foglamps
positioned at the outer edges of the lower air intake, while the
aluminum bars separating the two outer elements on the air intake
and extending beyond the foglamps further enhance the look of width
at the front.
Dual round headlights typical of
BMW; new LED corona rings.
The dual round
headlights typical of a BMW come with new contour lines and a new
technology for the daytime running lights on the BMW Concept 5
Series Gran Turismo. Slanted to a distinctive angle and extending
far into the fenders, the headlight units are highlighted by
surrounding bars, the headlights themselves cylindrical in shape
bordering at the top on a matte headlight cover. This emphasizes the
unique look of the front end, with its clear, penetrating focus.
Apart from the turn signals, the new LED corona rings for the
daytime running lights generate bright, even light.
Side-view: coupe-like roofline and waistline emphasizing the sleek
elegance of the car.
Appropriate lines along the side create the harmonious symbiosis of
the front end, the side view and the rear section on the BMW Concept
5 Series Gran Turismo. The dominating feature from the side is the
character line of a BMW extending from the outer edge of the
headlights and moving back at the same level as the door handles
along the entire length of the car, rising up slightly in the
process and continuing into the contours of the rear light clusters.
The equally striking sill-line continues into the upper edge around
the air intake at the front and the contour in the rear diffuser,
this interplay of the waistline and the sill-line making the car
look lower and more crouched down on the ground and emphasizing the
dynamic wedge of the body.
The unusual presence of a coupe-like roofline adds character to the
car’s design and is a visual expression of the features and
qualities the car has to offer. With its sporting flair, the BMW
Concept 5 Series Gran Turismo leaves a positive impression through
its spacious and generous interior.
The BMW Concept 5 Series Gran Turismo comes with frameless doors, a
feature of particularly sporting cars now to be admired for the
first time on a 4-door BMW.
The door cutout bars are another special feature, forming one unit
across both entry areas and thus corresponding with the overall
harmonious flair conveyed by the door panels inside the car.
Large, flared wheel arches symbolize the sporting potential of the
car: The BMW Concept 5 Series Gran Turismo showcases 21-inch
light-alloy wheels offering excitement and elegance through their
unique multi-spoke design. Yet another feature of particularly
sporting cars the short overhang, which keeps the fenders low and
long. This effect is further intensified by the horizontal lines of
the car borne out by the waistline as well as the joint and contour
line on the engine compartment.
The “Hofmeister kink”
re-interpreted in modern style.
The design of the side
windows also presents a re-interpretation of a classic BMW feature:
on the BMW Concept 5 Series Gran Turismo the window surrounds are
one-piece, this three-dimensional shape giving the aluminum frame a
sophisticated and dynamic look around the famous “Hofmeister kink”.
The exterior mirrors also represent a new design element, with the
mirror base forming part of the foot of the A-pillars and thus
blending harmoniously with the fender of the car.
The BMW Concept 5 Series Gran Turismo offers a new rendition of the
“Hofmeister kink.” In this case the inner radius of the “kink” is
particularly large, the outer radius strikingly small. This creates
an exciting contrast to the roofline moving down smoothly and gently
to the rear.
Powerful rear design.
The design of the rear
end offers a striking impression of this unique concept with its
exceptional strengths and features. The two outer roofline as well
as the shoulder lines merge into the spoiler on the tailgate, giving
the rear in its fastback style a surrounding line while adding a
compact touch to the car.
The rear view of the BMW Concept 5 Series Gran Turismo is split by
horizontal lines highlighting the width and powerful stance of the
car. The rear reaches its full width around the wheel arches, with
exhaust tailpipes positioned far to the outside also directing the
eyes to the wheels. The distinctive light edge in the lower part of
the bumper adds a further touch, while a diffuser finished in black
marks the gap between the rear valence and the road.
Impressive versatility: two
tailgates in one.
With the rear panel of
the car appearing to start directly beneath the rear light clusters
in order to convey a sporting impression, the low loading sill on
the BMW Concept 5 Series Gran Turismo is not visible at first sight.
Another innovation crucial to the mission of the car is only
recognizable when opening the rear hatch: To stow luggage, the
bi-modal trunk may be opened in traditional fashion or the entire
hatch may be opened to load larger objects. When only the lower
section is opened, one loads the luggage compartment as in a sedan,
benefiting in the process from the low loading sill. Using the trunk
in this way keeps the interior of the vehicle from being disturbed
by outside climate effects.
The L-shape of the rear light clusters typical of a BMW is
re-interpreted on the BMW Concept 5 Series Gran Turismo, with the
two rows of light following a dynamic sweeping motion. The rear
lights extend far into the side panel, emphasizing the full width of
the BMW Concept 5 Series Gran Turismo even at night.
The rear light clusters are connected by a chrome bar continuing
from the waistline at the side into the line extending into the rear
lights and thus accentuating the width of the rear end.
BMW Concept 5 Series Gran Turismo:
new momentum in a demanding market.
With the BMW Concept 5
Series Gran Turismo, BMW is again demonstrating its ability to
develop innovative vehicle concepts. The world’s most successful
manufacturer of premium cars follows the challenges created by the
need for up-to-date mobility solutions.
This new concept addresses a demanding driver group seeking to
combine style, luxury, and impressive versatility with individual
style, while meeting the demands and requirements of an active
lifestyle. The BMW Concept 5 Series Gran Turismo offers these
qualities and reaches beyond BMW’s existing customer groups.
The BMW Concept 5 Series Gran Turismo thus stands out as a modern
interpretation of the Gran Turismo segment so rich in tradition,
cars which at all times have combined athletic driving qualities
with a truly comfortable interior.
Stylish elegance, luxurious spaciousness, and impressive versatility
all come together in the BMW Concept 5 Series Gran Turismo. Features
never before combined in one car make the new concept a truly
progressive innovation serving ideally to set new standards in the
most demanding upper midrange segment.
Establishing a new vehicle segment in this process, BMW is
continuing its successful development strategy. Qualities typical of
the brand are again carried into a new market with an innovative
concept. Hence, BMW is using all of its innovative power to give new
customers that unique thrill of The Ultimate Driving Machine® and to
continue the ongoing growth of BMW in a lasting, long-term process.
Concept Vehicle Highlights
• With the future
still offering sufficient room for an exciting new driving
experience, BMW has once again defined a brand-new vehicle
segment: The BMW Concept 5 Series Gran Turismo is the
series-based adaptation of the Progressive Activity Sedan (PAS)
in the premium midsize segment via a new concept.
• With its stylish appearance and comfortable driving
experience, the BMW Concept 5 Series Gran Turismo transfers the
characteristics of a classic Gran Turismo to a very special
four-door vehicle with four seats. These typical features of a
Gran Turismo are then enriched by the highest standard of
intelligent, versatile functionality.
• The BMW Concept 5 Series Gran Turismo combines style, space,
comfort, and versatility. In a combination never seen before,
the features of a prestigious sedan, a modern and versatile
Sports Activity Vehicle, and a classic Gran Turismo are all
united in this unique Concept Car.
• Besides the typical BMW proportions, the coupe-like roofline
accentuates the stylish, sporty character of the car and the
sheer length of the car’s body. In addition, the BMW Concept 5
Series Gran Turismo has four frameless windows and striking
• The interior is surprisingly generous considering the
coupe-like silhouette of the car, creating a spontaneous feeling
of luxury for driver and passengers. This impression is further
enhanced by the slightly elevated seating position, and the
panorama roof provides a particularly pleasant travel
• The BMW Concept 5 Series Gran Turismo is highly versatile: a
flexible interior comprised of the rear seats, the bulkhead
partition, and the luggage compartment allows the adjustment of
the interior to personal requirements – from a separate luggage
compartment, as in a sedan, all the way to a capacity of almost
58 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down. This flexibility
is rounded off by a bi-modal hatch with separate openings for
• The BMW Concept 5 Series Gran Turismo addresses a demanding
and modern driver group – discerning individuals who attach
great importance to genuine style, luxurious comfort and
flexibility in use. This gives BMW the opportunity to win over
customers who currently drive a sedan, SUV, or wagon model in
the respective competitive segments.
• The BMW Concept 5 Series Gran Turismo extends the BMW model
range through a fresh, intelligent vehicle concept for modern
mobility at the highest standard. Through its unique combination
of style, space, comfort, and variability, the car creates a
powerful impression of relaxed presence. Indeed, these new
characteristics enrich the driving experience to a higher
standard and appeal to new groups of drivers. Last but not
least, the BMW Concept 5 Series Gran Turismo authentically
projects quality and a new standard of sporting performance
borne out by the car’s dynamism and efficiency.
• The BMW Concept 5
Series Gran Turismo offers a spacious and luxurious ambience
with inspiring and modern interior design. As the world’s only
combination of variable spaciousness and uncompromising premium
quality, this new concept car also stands out through the most
sophisticated materials and excellent quality of finish. Supreme
harmony in interior design, reflected by the trim surfaces
extending from the front to the rear doors, creates a modern
symbiosis of the two seats at the front and the seats at the
rear. The panorama glass roof, in turn, further intensifies the
light and generous ambience inside the car, while the stylish
cockpit emphasizes the sheer width of the vehicle through its
horizontal lines, black panel technology and a fully integrated
10.2-inch Control Display.
• Seating comfort,
ample headroom and elbow room in the front provide the standard
of a luxury performance automobile, the slightly elevated
seating position ensures an optimum overview and makes access to
the car particularly comfortable. Tilted slightly to the front,
the instrument panel, finally, optimizes the degree of control
comfort on the driver’s seat.
• Optimized access
as well as freedom of movement characterize the generous
atmosphere in the rear seats. Extending to the rear, the center
console in the concept car emphasizes the length of the
interior. Outstanding versatility, in turn, is ensured by single
seats at the rear. Adjustable fore-and-aft, their backrests
folding forwards individually under electric power and the
adjustable backrest angle ensure comfort.
• With the rear seats in their regular position, the BMW Concept
5 Series Gran Turismo offers the passengers at the rear the same
legroom as in the BMW 7 Series and virtually the same headroom
as in the BMW X5. In this configuration, luggage compartment
capacity is 15.1 cubic feet. The partition wall behind the rear
seats separates the passenger and luggage compartments from one
another in terms of both acoustics and climate conditions, like
in a sedan. If necessary, the rear seats move fore-and-aft by
more than 3.9" – so that with the seats moved as far forward as
possible, the occupants still enjoy the same legroom as in the
BMW 5 Series Sedan, with luggage capacity increasing to almost
20 cubic feet. Then, once folding down the rear seat backrests
and the partition wall, the luggage compartment further
increases in size to its maximum capacity of nearly 58 cubic
feet. The firm cover on the luggage compartment may be stowed
away in the floor of the compartment, again in the interest of
• The two-piece tailgate allows unique variability in loading
the luggage compartment: Opening the small, sedan-like tailgate
beneath the rear window enables the driver and passengers, in
combination with the closed partition wall, to load the luggage
compartment without creating any drafts into the passenger
compartment or changing the temperature the passengers wish to
enjoy. To conveniently load bulky objects, all the driver has to
do is open up the large hatch similar in its configuration to
that of a Sports Activity Vehicle.
• The BMW Concept 5
Series Gran Turismo combines the Gran Turismo with four doors
and all the quality of a Sedan, and the versatility of a Sports
Activity Vehicle. BMW proportions are borne out by the long
hood, the long wheelbase, the coupe-like roofline, and the
greenhouse moved rearward.
• The dynamic character of the car’s front-end is accentuated by
the large BMW kidney grille positioned low down and standing
upright, as well as the large air intake.The dual round
headlights give the front end of the car a particularly modern
look. The corona rings come for the first time in LED
• From the side, the BMW Concept 5 Series Gran Turismo clearly
visualizes its innovative character, the waistline and the
coupe-like roofline accentuate the look of the car and the
length of the body. Following the example of a coupe, the BMW
Concept 5 Series Gran Turismo comes with four doors and
frameless windows. The aluminum surrounds on the side windows
are milled out of one solid unit and holding the elegantly
designed exterior mirrors as yet another important design
feature. Yet a further element on the side is the exciting
re-interpretation of the famous “Hofmeister kink” typical of BMW
at the rear end of the window.
• Horizontal lines at the rear emphasize the width and sporting
character of the car, accentuated by the waistline extending
from the side into the rear panel, a three-dimensional chrome
bar and the flared wheel arches. The outer rooflines merge into
the spoiler and encompass the rear in its fastback design. The
L-shaped rear light clusters come with horizontal rows of lights
extending far round into the side of the car.
BMW Group In America
BMW of North America,
LLC has been present in the United States since 1975. Rolls-Royce
Motor Cars NA, LLC began distributing vehicles in 2003. The BMW
Group in the United States has grown to include marketing, sales,
and financial service organizations for the BMW brand of motor
vehicles, including motorcycles, the MINI brand, and the Rolls-Royce
brand of Motor Cars; DesignworksUSA, a strategic design consultancy
in California; a technology office in Silicon Valley and various
other operations throughout the country. BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC
in South Carolina is part of BMW Group’s global manufacturing
network and is the exclusive manufacturing plant for all X5 Sports
Activity Vehicles and X6 Sports Activity Coupes. The BMW Group sales
organization is represented in the U.S. through networks of 338 BMW
passenger car centers, 335 BMW Sports Activity Vehicle centers, 142
BMW motorcycle retailers, 83 MINI passenger car dealers, and 30
Rolls-Royce Motor Car dealers. BMW (US) Holding Corp., the BMW
Group’s sales headquarters for North, Central and South America, is
located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.