Ride and handling The Gran Turismo’s ride quality is noticeably stiffer than the 7-series, most likely due to the sportier suspension and low-profile tires. The steering is precise and well-weighted but the body leans a little in corners. On the upside the grip from the fat tyres is incredible allowing you to chuck it around corners with ease. Like the X6 before it, the Gran Turismo definitely surprised us with its nimbleness and composure through the twisty stuff, despite its weight and size.
Performance The Gran Turismo weighs in at a hefty 2,135kg but despite this it can hit 100kmph in just 5.5s and effortlessly hits its electronically-governed top speed of 250kmph. The reason for its spirited performance is the 407hp and 600Nm of torque produced by the 4.4L twin turbo V8. It also uses BMW’s latest eight-speed automatic transmission which executes shifts smoothly and is quick to boot, even when the switching is done manually. With the help of such a smooth transmission and with maximum torque available anywhere from 1,750 to 4,500rpm, the engine’s power can always be called upon to deliver impressive acceleration regardless of when you need it.
Refinement Switch on the vehicle and the 4.4L twin turbo V8 will be barely audible. The same is true when you are cruising down the highway. Floor it however, and you are greeted by a beefy growl of the monstrous powerhouse lurking under the bonnet. When you are not feeling enthusiastic, you can expect the same levels of refinement as in the new 5-series, which is basically excellent. There is barely any audible wind noise while road and suspension noise are kept to a minimum. When complemented by its smooth ride, comfort and space, the Gran Turismo definitely lives up to its name. 38 / TECH
Published on Mar 31, 2011