BMW Gran Turismo Review
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BMW Gran Turismo Review By Expert
The engineers and designers of BMW have always been at work to innovate something new to fulfill the expectations of the buyers and incorporate the qualities of all the automotives in one giving out the best and turning this dream into reality with BMW Gran Turismo. This car is the blend of elegance of a sedan, versatility of an SAV and the performance of a coupe. A raised level of storage convenience and the unbeatable level of luxury features are even summarized in this beauty. This sedan of BMW is an elongated version which can be compared to others in giving joy to each of the occupants with its most luxurious features and no shortage of space to relax the seaters.
BMW Gran Turismo Mileage and Fuel Efficiency
The only variant sedan BMW Gran Turismo provides all the efficient features which leave nothing to resist excellence. Same goes for its mileage and fuel efficiency. The sedan is run by diesel fuel which raises the fuel efficiency from 7.5 kmpl on city roads to 9.5 kmpl on highways. With the gigantic 70 L fuel tank it can easily take you on routes where it is difficult to find fuel stations. Euro V emission norms has approved this car to be very eco friendly. This is the reason that the car is known for less emission and more driving pleasure. Direct Injection Fuel Supply System does not bother the users and in lesser time the fuel tank is filled. If a highly powered engine is at its work then this is what the expected fuel efficiency can be put out as the result.
BMW Gran Turismo Models and Features
|BMW Gran Turismo Variants
|The features of the only variants of BMW Gran Turismo includes, front electrical seat adjustment, adjustable xenon headlamps, integral V rear axle, break energy regeneration, sunblind for rear window, audio inputs – Auxiliary and USB accompanied with iPod cable and iDrive Controller. Highlighting features of exterior is the LED daytime driving lights. Safety counts Driving dynamic Control and crash sensor.
BMW Gran Turismo Engine, Power and Performance
The 77 Lakhs priced BMW Gran Turismo is powered with 2993 cc V8 diesel engine with high precision accompanied with 8 speed automatic transmission which are smooth enough and designed to decide the gear shifting by itself according to accelerating and decelerating speed. Not only its on road performance is brilliant but it even leaves behind the best off-road automobiles with great ease. Excellence of Integral V rear axle front suspensions and self leveling air suspensions for rear manages to result a smooth drive even on rough terrains.
The maximum power churned out by the engine is 245 Ps @ 4000 rpm and the peak torque of 540 Nm @ 1750 rpm. The alloy wheels surrounded by tubeless radials sufficiently maintains two wheel drive type and front wheel over drive. Disc brakes in front and rear works effectively to enhance the performance of the car. Engine is turbocharged with variable turbine geometry that is an advanced form and very rare in the other sedans of the same segment. The Hydraulic power assisted steering wheel’s smoothness can surprise anyone when one settles on the driver’s seat to have the best driving experience with commendable ease.
BMW Gran Turismo Pickup and Acceleration
If the engine is so much strong then undoubtedly it is capable enough to provide an excellent pickup and acceleration. In fact one can take it to the great heights with maximum speed of one’s choice. The unbeatable records of 5.3 secs in which it can easily cross 60 kmph from standstill are superb. But the maximum speed of 150 kmph is an excellent figure.
|Acceleration (0-60 kmph)
BMW Gran Turismo Interiors and Features
The most elegant and most spacious character has been carried by the BMW Gran Turismo to comfort the occupants with enough legroom and headroom space and increasing the travelling flexibility even more with multiple rear seat folding and sliding combinations for the convenient adjustment of passengers and cargos both. Entrance in the sedan gives more choices for leather upholstery, exquisite trims and flexibility of space.
Entry and exit has been made more comfortable with the raised seating position which gives a further clear view and let the driver gain more confidence in terms of driving. The posture is slightly elevated with some power functions and the maximum amount of leather added to pleasure the occupant. With the press of start button the Black Panel Technology which is all tilted towards the driver gains power and is illuminated highlighting each feature and function present on it. The driving data is clearly in the view of the right eye level with the iDrive and Navigation system Display. All the menus of entertainment, communication and navigation can be easily seen and are very much simplified to use being present on iDrive Monitor screen. Headup Display helps to have a view of information like speed and some others related to drive on the windshield.
All the fun is not for the front occupants only. The rear occupants can enjoy separately by watching movies and playing games on the two high resolution screens built into the front seat backrests. The option of ventilation and heating of seats is even available that raise the comfort of the seating for the rear occupants. The temperature settings are customizable on the 4 zone climate control.
BMW Gran Turismo Exteriors and Features
The sedan which is known to take a little and give a lot has exactly proved its words. The aerodynamic structure let the sedan flow over it and helps it to operate efficiently. This further increases the acceleration, stable handling and greater fuel efficiency. The body is fully designed in aluminium to incorporate excellent stability on road by making the vehicle light weight. The lines and clear cuts given to the structure of the sedan are the highlighting effects of the BMW Gran Turismo exteriors. To adorn it more, the features like Xenon Adaptative Headlamps make its own way by illuminating the roads that it pass by. Sensors monitor the steering wheel determining the direction of vehicle. The swivel function of the headlamps increases illuminating flexibility. The LED Corona headlight-rings also behave like the parking lights and Daytime Running Lights. The high intensity washer system keeps it clean from ice; mud etc and makes vision more clear. High gloss shadow-line trim has replaced the chrome frame on windows and looks sporting with black high-gloss finish.
The panoramic moon-roof with glass panels let the heavenly bodies shine in anytime and give a good access of nature to the occupants according to their wish. Associated features to operate it and have more advantage of it includes power slide and lift control, a wind deflector to keep wind out, a comfort opening and closing function and power sunshade to safe the occupants from excess heat and glare of sun. The keyless entry and Start/Stop button to on and off the engine with the simple remote key has make the access very easy in the car. Soft Close function keeps your ears resisted to the bang of doors shut close. Ambiance lightning illuminates the exterior door handles and a little of interiors with a soft warm glow. Dual Rectangular shape chrome exhaust tips are styled to add attractive touch to the rear fascia of the sedan. Different shapes of the spokes add a stylish touch to the wheels and the side face of the car attracts even more.
BMW Gran Turismo Driving and Handling
The performance of BMW Gran Turismo is the result of the best technology introduced in the car like High Precision Injection, Twin Power Turbo Engine, Double VANOS, 8-Speed Steptronic Automatic Transmission, Break Energy Regeneration System, lightweight construction and aerodynamics. These are the top most successful technologies of the latest trend that have been used in the cars to make them absolutely modified.
Most important feature in the car is xDrive which lets the driver have full detail of the data by the sensors inside the car. This includes data like wheel rotation speed, steering angle, yaw rate and engine torque. According to this data it can decide itself the best suitable way of power distribution between front and rear axle is the current driving situation. Weather change like sudden shower, wet leaver and snow can make roads messy and decline the performance.
But xDrive helps to overcome these obstacles and further improves tractions and enhance the performance even better. Engineers have been able to provide the contradictory techniques in the sedan for the simultaneous contradictory comforts. While keeping the driver in feel of direct contact with the road, the occupants should not be able to feel the roughness of the road and be comfortable. Adaptative Drive feature is a combination of performance –elevated Active Roll Stabilization (ARS) and ride-enhancing Dynamic Damping Control (DDC).
Safety Features in BMW Gran Turismo
In BMW Gran Turismo there are two types of safety features indulged in the car. Active safety features which include agile handling, quick acceleration and massive fade-resistant brakes help in overcoming the impact of accidental conditions. Some others included in this list are Driving aids like, night vision with pedestrian detection and Active Blind Spot Detection. These features alert driver in most potential dangerous situations. Second set is of Passive safety features. The list counts seat belts, Active head restrains, airbags etc which work to avoid accidental impact.
Specialized features like Active Cruise Control with Stop and Go automatically maintains the preset speed and distance between your vehicle and one in front by taking the radar measurements. A Forward Collision Warning is alerted when we cross the radar measurements. Lane Departure Warning makes use of camera near the ORVM to supervise the lane markings on road if they are being changed frequently without using an indicator. Active Blind Spot Detection checks the presence of a vehicle when the driver is changing lane after giving a signal by vibration the steering and resisting changing the direction. This even uses radar sensor. Headup Display even plays an important role in maintaining safety of the sedan and its occupants. Some extra safety devices installed in the sedan are Dynamic Stability Control, Dynamic Traction Control, Brake Assist, Crash Sensors and what not.
BMW Gran Turismo Accessories
With the advancement in wireless technology, BMW is following up to keep the all possible connection of the occupants with their family, relatives and work. The BMW Gran Turismo has an array of the new Mobile Office Functions. This gives a visual image of the caller and the BMW assist helps you have much more than this. It assists us with a friendly response help 24/7. It is even assisted with two types of plans. One is safety plan which includes Automatic Collision Notification, Emergency Request (SOS), Tele-Service, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Door Unlock, Stolen Vehicle Recovery, Customer Relation and MyInfo. Other one is Convenience Plan which adds personalized directions, Traffic and Weather Reports, BMW Online and Concierge Services for restaurants and hotel recommendations with a destination address and phone number sent to your BMW.