BMW 5 Series GT receives stop-start and gets more powerful for the 2013MY

Article by Christian A., on June 27, 2012

The 2013 BMW 5 Series GT offers more horsepower but is even more fuel-efficient than the prior model year. BMW’s improvements were first seen on the 2013 BMW 5 Series GT in UK but the U.S. models for 2013 will also get them. The 5 Series GT is powered by the automatic engine stop-start and the same selectable Eco Pro driving mode that’s used on the 2012 BMW 3 Series sedan.

Under this mode, fuel economy is maximized due to the tuning of throttle inputs as well as other energy-saving settings. This is exactly the reason for the improvement in the mpg ratings of all 5 Series GT models. BMW asserts that the 535i GT will improve by 2.25 mpg and the 550i GT will get a 4.6 mpg boost.

The 535i GT is powered by the same 300 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque but the 550i GT’s power is higher by at least 10%. Powered by a 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V-8, the 2013 550i GT could experience a boost of 45hp and 30 lb-ft to 445 hp and 480 lb-ft.

It seems that BMW accomplished this by switching engines. BMW’s N63 engine was used on the 2010-2012 550i GTs while the N63Tu powerplant is used on the 2013 and onward models as well as the 2013 650i Gran Coupe. It’s likely that the recently modified V-8 will be used on the new 5 Series sedan but so far, there has been no confirmation.

BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo – a combination of elegance, space, comfort and variability – is BMW’s newest contribution in the automobile market. Defining a brand-new segment, the uniquely styled BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo is an “attractive, future-oriented extension” of its predecessor, the BMW 5-Series.

It is a combination of the characteristic features of a prestige saloon, a modern and highly versatile Sports Activity Vehicle, and the classic Gran Turismo, all rolled into one, to create a brand-new, unprecedented style that is quite unparalleled in the upper middle segment worldwide.

The body design is a combination of the proportions of the typical BMW – an elegantly stretched silhouette, coupe-like roofline and four doors with frameless windows harmoniously combined to create one uniquely unified design. Powerful dynamism is exuded up front, thanks to its upright BMW kidney grille, large air intakes and dual round headlights that slant back in a very attractive angle.

Corona rings with LED technology provides daytime driving light function, a first for the model. The rear end boasts clear-cut horizontal lines while L-shaped rear light clusters with homogenously illuminated rows of LED lights enhance its characteristic look of width, power and muscle.

For a car as luxurious as the BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo (and considering its coupe-like silhouette), it’s remarkable that its interior offers a spontaneous feeling of comfort and well-being for both passengers and driver. This is further enhanced by the comfortable feeling upon entering the car, slightly elevated seating position, large window areas, and an optional panorama glass roof. Moreover, the exquisite materials and supreme quality of its finish add to its superiority.

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