Technology & Equipment State-of-the-art technology has always been BMW’s forte. The new Gran Turismo easily stands as another testament to this fact. Engine and transmission technology aside, the vehicle features a vast number of other technologies to give you just the right balance of driving assistance. Chief among these are the Integral Active Steering, which combines active rear steering with variable steering on the front axle; Adaptive Drive, a package that allows you to an individually adjustable shock absorber level; and Driving Dynamic Control, which changes the driving
and behavioural characteristics of the vehicle at the touch of a button. What is truly impressive about these technologies is how they manage to keep the driving within acceptable limits without making the vehicle feel too electronic, giving us a similar experience to the new 5-series we tested in the May issue. Aside from these three you also get all the other bells and whistles that you can expect to find in such a car, either as standard or as an option. These include DSC, lane departure warning, lane change warning (blind spot monitoring), head-up
Conclusion While many may argue that there are other vehicles in BMW’s lineup that can do what the Gran Turismo does, such as the X6 which offers better versatility than the 7-series, better ride quality and space; or the new 5-Series that offers a better drive, it is a fact that only the Gran Turismo will offer all of these in one package. It is one vehicle that lives up to its claims and doesn’t pretend to be something it isn’t. So as long as you don’t mind its looks, we guarantee that you will not be disappointed.
display, adaptive cruise control, surround view, navigation and much more. The rear passengers are not left out either with each seat enjoying their own personal 9.2-inch LCD that supports DVD playback and provides navigation data. Both are remote controlled and provide connections for MP3 players, game consoles and headphones. The rear seats also have access to their own individual temperature control, should the vehicle be equipped with four-zone air conditioning.
4.4L Twin-Turbo V8
407hp @ 500-6,400rpm
600Nm @ 1,750-4,500rpm
5.5s/250kmph April 2011 / 39
Published on Mar 31, 2011