BMW 5-Series GT Concept Officially Shows Off Flexible Rear

Once Herr Bangle moved his posterior out of the way, we got a good look at the 2009 BMW 5-Series GT Concept. Now we've got the full photos and pictures.

BMW 5-Series GT Concept Officially Shows Off Flexible Rear

BMW 5-Series GT Concept Officially Shows Off Flexible Rear

BMW 5-Series GT Concept Officially Shows Off Flexible Rear

BMW 5-Series GT Concept Officially Shows Off Flexible Rear

BMW 5-Series GT Concept Officially Shows Off Flexible Rear

BMW 5-Series GT Concept Officially Shows Off Flexible Rear

BMW 5-Series GT Concept Officially Shows Off Flexible Rear

BMW 5-Series GT Concept Officially Shows Off Flexible Rear

BMW 5-Series GT Concept Officially Shows Off Flexible Rear

BMW 5-Series GT Concept Officially Shows Off Flexible Rear

BMW 5-Series GT Concept Officially Shows Off Flexible Rear

BMW 5-Series GT Concept Officially Shows Off Flexible Rear

BMW 5-Series GT Concept Officially Shows Off Flexible Rear

BMW 5-Series GT Concept Officially Shows Off Flexible Rear

BMW 5-Series GT Concept Officially Shows Off Flexible Rear

BMW 5-Series GT Concept Officially Shows Off Flexible Rear

BMW 5-Series GT Concept Officially Shows Off Flexible Rear


We'll give credit to BMW for not actually naming the thing the Progressive Activity Sedan, because we're more fatigued with BMW's constant naming of products than we are with their constant creation of sub-categories of the automotive world (this is in the upper midrange segment according to BMW).


We noticed a little anger towards BMW at the design when the first BMW 5-Series GT Concept photos came out and we're not sure people who hated it will find these professionally shot photos any more compelling. We like the concept behind the hatch and we're glad they at least included numerous photos showing off the way it works. Self-congratulatory press release below the jump.

BMW Concept 5 Series Gran Turismo.

• 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 upper midrange segment,
offering an impressive outlook on the extension of the BMW 5 Series by a
new, additional 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
features so typical of a Gran Turismo are then enriched by the highest
standard of intelligent, versatile functionality.

• The BMW Concept 5 Series Gran Turismo combines elegance, space,
comfort and variability. In a combination never seen before on any other car,
the characteristic 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 elegant yet 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 doors and elegant aluminium highlights.

• The luxurious interior is surprisingly generous considering the coupé-like
silhouette of the car, creating a spontaneous feeling of well-being for driver
and passengers. This impression is further enhanced by a comfortable
entry to the car, the slightly elevated seating position, and the panorama
roof providing a particularly pleasant travel experience.

• The BMW Concept 5 Series Gran Turismo is highly versatile: a flexible
interior comprising the rear seats, the partition wall wall, and the luggage
compartment allows the adjustment of the interior individually to personal
requirements - from a separate luggage compartment, like in a sedan, all
the way to a loading capacity of 1,650 litres or almost 58 cubic feet with the
rear seats folded down. This flexibility is rounded off by a two-piece tailgate
with separate openings for additional convenience.

• The BMW Concept 5 Series Gran Turismo addresses a demanding and
modern target 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 today drive either a sedan, an
SUV or an wagon model in the respective competitive segments.

• The BMW Concept 5 Series Gran Turismo extends the BMW's model
range by an intelligent, new and indeed unparalleled vehicle concept for
modern mobility at highest standard. Through its unique combination
of elegance, space, comfort and variability, the car creates a powerful
impression of relaxed presence. Indeed, these new characteristics enrich
Sheer Driving Pleasure to an even higher standard and appeal to additional
target groups. And last but not least the BMW Concept 5 Series Gran
Turismo authentically visualises premium quality and a new standard of
sporting performance borne out by the car's dynamism and efficiency.

Interior design:
• 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
emphasises the sheer width of the vehicle through its horizontal lines,
black panel technology and a fully integrated 10.2-inch Control Display.

• Supreme 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, optimises the degree of control comfort on the driver's seat.

• Convenient and ergonomically optimised access as well as significant
freedom of movement characterise the generous atmosphere on the rear
seats. Extending all the way to the rear, the centre console in the concept
car emphasises the length of the interior. Outstanding variability, in turn,
is ensured by single seats at the rear infinitely adjustable fore-and-aft,
their backrests folding forwards individually and under electric power at
the touch of a button and the adjustable backrest angle ensuring further
comfort and style.

• 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 430 litres or
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 up to 100 millimetres or 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 570 litres or 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 1,650 litres or 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 extra
convenience.

• 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, in turn, all the
driver has to do is open up the large tailgate similar in its configuration to
that of a Sports Activity Vehicle.

Exterior design:
• The BMW Concept 5 Series Gran Turismo combines the modern, up-todate
interpretation of a Gran Turismo with four doors and all the prestige of
a Sedan and the variability of a Sports Activity Vehicle. The proportions so
typical of a BMW are borne out in particular by the long engine compartment
lid, the long wheelbase, the coupé-like roofline, and the greenhouse
moved far to the rear.

• The dynamic character of the car's front-end design is accentuated by the
large BMW kidney grille positioned low down and standing upright at the
front, as well as the large air intake. Tilted to an angle, extending far round
to the side and highlighted by a striking surround, the dual round headlights
give the front end of the car a particularly modern look. The corona rings of
the daytime driving lights, finally, come for the first time in LED technology.

• From the side, the BMW Concept 5 Series Gran Turismo clearly visualises
its innovative character, the striking waistline and the coupé-like roofline
accentuate the elegant look of the car and the sheer length of the body.
Following the example of a sporting coupé, the BMW Concept 5 Series
Gran Turismo comes with four doors and frameless windows. The
aluminium 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 striking element on the side is the exciting
re-interpretation of the famous "Hofmeister kink" so typical of BMW at the
rear end of the window graphics.

• Horizontal lines at the rear emphasise the width and sporting character of
the car, further 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 air spoiler and encompass the
rear end in its sporting fastback design. And as yet another feature typical
of BMW, the L-shaped rear light clusters come with horizontal rows of
lights extending far round into the side of the car.

A genuine BMW offering new options and features in truly fascinating style
and diversity - this is the BMW Concept 5 Series Gran Turismo.
Introducing this trendsetting concept car, the world's most successful
manufacturer of premium automobiles is establishing a brand-new segment
in the automobile market, enriching the Sheer Driving Pleasure so typical of
BMW by a new facet and carrying over that unique BMW style to another
type of vehicle.

As in the case of 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 compact
car, BMW, through outstanding innovation, is once again developing new and
progressive market segments and giving additional target groups that unique
experience of the BMW brand.

The BMW Concept 5 Series Gran Turismo is the production-based rendition
of the Progressive Activity Sedan (PAS) in the upper midrange segment,
offering an outlook at the extension of the BMW 5 Series by a new, additional
vehicle concept. For the first time in the automobile market, this concept
car combines the looks and appearance of a prestigious Sedan, a modern
Sports Activity Vehicle, and a classic Gran Turismo. Indeed, perhaps the most
outstanding feature of the BMW Concept 5 Series Gran Turismo is this
unprecedented combination of stylish elegance, luxurious comfort, and
impressive diversity.

As the name alone indicates, the BMW Concept 5 Series Gran Turismo is the
ideal car for long journeys while still offering a magnificent driving experience
also in everyday traffic on short routes. The design of the body alone also
presents all the dynamics and efficiency of a BMW dedicated to sporting performance.
Apart from the proportions so typical of the brand, the design language
again characteristic of a BMW comes out clearly from every angle.

An intelligent concept for modern mobility.
The BMW Concept 5 Series Gran Turismo conveys an up-to-date image of
modern mobility. The focus in particular is on the demands and requirements
of the discerning motorist who expects generosity, appreciates an exclusive
ambience, and enjoys all the benefi ts of a variable interior.

Precisely with this in mind, the BMW Concept 5 Series Gran Turismo meets
all these demands, representing the special status and elegant style of an
upper midrange model with individual flair oriented to the driver's personal
needs and preferences.

This provides the potential to win over new target groups for BMW, with
the BMW Concept 5 Series Gran Turismo being a truly unique and attractive
offer for the dedicated motorist wishing to retain classic features such as
presence, luxury and premium quality while nevertheless living out a versatile
and spontaneous lifestyle and remaining open to innovative concepts. The
car therefore also reflects new demands made by the modern motorist
wishing to enjoy a vehicle in perfect harmony with all kinds of situations and
requirements in life - both in a prestigious professional world and in dynamic
leisure time activities.

The interior of the BMW Concept 5 Series Gran Turismo combines spaciousness, personal luxury and an exquisite choice of materials to provide a genuine premium experience.
The four doors allow convenient and ergonomically ideal
access to all seats, the driver-oriented design of the cockpit again in typical
BMW style demonstrates truly sporting performance, and the slightly elevated
seating position promotes the driver's superior control of the car.
Unique design also at the rear provides a modern, exclusive and generous
ambience. With the seats being adjustable to many different positions, both
legroom and the seat angle may be set to the individual preferences of the
passengers. Headroom is virtually the same as in the BMW X5, giving both
the driver and front passenger as well as the passengers at the rear a genuine
experience of first class comfort.

Large side windows emphasise the bright and generous ambience within
the car, as does the panorama glass roof previously available only in the
BMW 5 Series Touring and the BMW X models.

Luxurious comfort and impressive variability.
Depending on the driver's and passengers' priorities, legroom at the rear may
be increased to the same level as in the BMW 7 Series or the capacity of the
luggage compartment may be upgraded to that of a BMW 5 Series Touring.
The unique variability of the BMW Concept 5 Series Gran Turismo comes,
among other things, from the rear seats adjustable fore-and-aft by up to
100 millimetres or more than 3.9". A further option is to adjust the backrest
angle individually according to one's personal requirements, either in the
interest of maximum seating comfort or for additional space in the luggage
compartment.

Using all the space available at the rear, legroom is roughly the same as in
the BMW 7 Series and luggage capacity amounts to 430 litres or 15.1 cubic
feet. With the rear seats moved to the front and the partition wall opened up,
in turn, luggage capacity increases to 570 litres or almost 20 cubic feet. And
even in this position legroom in the rear still meets the substantial demands
made of an outstanding sedan in the upper midrange segment.

After completely folding the rear-seat backrests as well as the partition wall
leading to the luggage compartment, the driver and passengers are able to
load particularly large and bulky objects into the rear. With the fi rm luggage
compartment cover being stowed away in the fl oor of the luggage compartment,
maximum luggage capacity in the loading area extending all the way
through is no less than 1650 litres or nearly 58 cubic feet.

The seat backrests fold down both electrically and by means of a button on
the side panel of the luggage compartment, the partition wall, after being
released, following the respective movement of the rear-seat backrests.
This ensures absolute convenience in adjusting luggage capacity to current
requirements even during the process of loading the car.
The option to fold down the rear-seat backrests individually provides even
greater variability, especially as the rear partition wall also splits up into
two sections, likewise folding down according to current requirements.

Optimum visibility and comfortable access thanks to the elevated
seating position.
On the front seats both the driver and front passenger benefit from a slightly
elevated seating position. This semi-commanding seating position, as it
is called, offers an optimum overview all around the car, like in the BMW X
models. And the particular configuration developed for the BMW Concept
5 Series Gran Turismo serves furthermore to provide very convenient and
ergonomic access to the car.

In the design of the cockpit, the structure of horizontally arranged, cascadelike
surfaces finished in different materials and colours strongly accentuates
the width of BMW's new concept car. The displays and controls are clearly
separated from one another, grouped together according to their functions.

Through its design, the instrument panel enhances the very good visibility
already 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 strongly inclined to the front. As the final important feature
in this context, the horizontal orientation of the entire cockpit additionally
accentuates the generous character of the interior.

Elegant interior design accentuating the unique feeling of space.
The trim bar stretching out as an exciting arch throughout the entire width
of the instrument panel continues into the door linings, the impression
of a fully enclosed space around the occupants created in this way being
further enhanced by the harmonious design and finish of the trim surfaces
on the front and rear doors with their perfect blend of shapes and colours.
The interaction of ascending and descending lines and contours throughout
the entire length of the interior creates a homogeneous impression optically
connecting the front and rear seats. All lines and the surfaces finished with
the most sophisticated materials taper out to the rear behind the rear seats,
giving the interior its particularly comfortable and spacious character.
The dynamic flow of lines not even interrupted by the B-pillar additionally
emphasises the length of the interior crucial to the feeling of space and
generosity. And last but not least, this feeling of length is supported by the
centre console in the BMW Concept 5 Series Gran Turismo extending all the
way to the rear.

The elaborate design of individual elements on the door panels adds
further exciting effects, from the very beginning bringing out the overall design
context without any interruption between the front and rear areas.
A more precise look reveals the subtle play of surfaces in the door linings,
with individual elements changing not only in shape, but also in their function.
The middle section on the door lining around the front seats, for example, is
strongly contoured and also forms a kind of legrest. Then, moving back to the
rear, these contour lines become even stronger, the surface turning to the
inside within itself. Finally, this surface now concave in shape leads on to the
armrests on the rear seats.

Special concept of materials and colours within the interior.
The colour and materials concept for the interior further enhances 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 forming the comfort zone in Glacier White
leather. This creates the impression of a bright brand extending round the
lower section of the instrument panel, the cool and elegant colour giving
particular emphasis to the generous und luxurious feeling of space.
The bright surfaces in the comfort zone are surrounded by a dark, warm
reddish brown, this special colour referred to as Copper Brown providing
a smooth link to the exterior paintwork.

The superior impression of modern luxury is further enhanced through the
use of authentic materials such as polished metal elements milled out of one
piece and ceramic units. The superior quality of the interior finish is borne out particularly by the solid wooden trim with metal inlays extending generously across the instrument panel.

Instrument cluster with colour display in black panel technology.
The instrument cluster of the BMW Concept 5 Series Gran Turismo is made
up of a high-resolution colour display in black panel technology presenting
the four round instruments in traditional sports car style as well as status
and function displays, navigation data, information from the Check/Control,
feedback from various control units and service interval information in the
traditional style of a sports car.

Introduced for the first time in the new BMW 7 Series, black panel technology
ensures particularly precise and, at the same time, sophisticated presentation
of the instruments and displays. In its rest mode the entire panel forms
a homogeneous black surface, the numbers on the circular instruments then
being generated electronically when activated, together with all the symbols
on the Display.

The iDrive Control Display arranged in typical BMW style on the same level
as the instrument cluster is integrated in the dashboard in a central position as
a free-standing element. The Control Display forms one common design
unit with the black panel in the central section of the dashboard housing the
controls for the audio system and air conditioning. For optical purposes this
unit is separated by the horizontal trim bar with its central ventilation grid and a
storage box. A further point is that in the BMW Concept 5 Series Gran Turismo
the special look of black panel technology continues into a homogeneous
surface in the centre console.

Proportions: dynamism in typical BMW style combined with the
elegance of a Gran Turismo.
The BMW Concept 5 Series Gran Turismo re-interprets the experience of driving a BMW,
the luxury and variability of the interior coming together to form a modern rendition of superior generosity. This offers both the driver and his passengers unique opportunities in enjoying the driving experience, the new flair of the car forming an ideal match with fascinating features typical of BMW, in particular uncompromising premium quality and interior design ensuring Sheer Driving Pleasure of the highest standard.

The body design of the BMW Concept 5 Series Gran Turismo likewise
ensures an exciting balance of innovation and tradition. The concept
car stands out at first sight as a genuine BMW, just as the overall look of
the exterior clearly alludes to the extension of BMW's model portfolio made
possible by this unique automobile. Indeed, the BMW Concept 5 Series
Gran Turismo enters new terrain in the history of the BMW brand and has no
competitors throughout the entire world of motoring.

In its exterior dimensions the BMW Concept 5 Series Gran Turismo fits in
perfectly between the BMW 7 Series and BMW's various SAV models. In
its length of 499.8 centimetres or 196.8", it is second only within the BMW
model range to BMW's Luxury Performance Sedan, while the car's height of
155.5 centimetres or 61.2" is exceeded significantly only by BMW's X models.
The characteristic look of the BMW Concept 5 Series Gran Turismo so typical
of the brand results in particular from the car's proportions, the long engine
compartment lid, the long wheelbase and the greenhouse moved far to the
rear bearing out the dynamic performance characteristics of a BMW also
through the car's design.

These features are combined with innovative elements highlighting the unique
qualities of the new concept, the extra-large passenger cell clearly bearing
testimony to the luxurious variability of the interior. The coupé-like roofline
extending into the air spoiler at the rear, in turn, represents the sporting
elegance of a genuine Gran Turismo.Paintwork in Fluid Cuprite, a new colour developed specifically for this concept car, again highlights the unique design and look of the
BMW Concept 5 Series Gran Turismo. The extremely fine surface flair
reminiscent of liquid metal most impressively models the various surfaces
on the body under all kinds of light conditions through its powerful contours.
And to provide an appropriate supplementary touch, the brake callipers and
the inner surfaces on the exhaust gas tailpipes are finished in a new colour
called Copper.

Front view with that forward-pushing motion.
The front view of the BMW Concept 5 Series Gran Turismo is characterised
in particular by the strong presence of the low-slung BMW kidney grille, the
large air intake, and the characteristic dual round headlights. The BMW kidney
grille is slanted slightly to the front, its upper edge marking the foremost point
on the body. In its presence, the kidney grille is further accentuated by the
surrounding surfaces intentionally moved further back.

All contour lines flowing along the engine compartment out of the side panels
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 clearly demonstrates the engine's
significant demand for cooling air, the power dome in the middle of the engine
compartment lid emphasises the sheer power and muscle of the engine
itself. The outer flanks of the engine compartment lid 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 particularly wide and
powerful look. This impression is further enhanced by the foglamps positioned at the
outer edges of the air intake, while the all-aluminium bars separating the
two outer elements on the air intake and extending beyond the foglamps
further enhance the sheer look of width at the front through their horizontal
orientation.

Dual round headlights typical of BMW, unique LED corona rings.
The dual round headlights typical of a BMW come with new contour
lines and a new technology for the daytime driving lights on the
BMW Concept 5 Series Gran Turismo. lanted to a distinctive angle and extending far into the side panels, the headlight units are highlighted by surrounding bars, the headlights themselves
cylindrical in shape bordering at the top on a matt headlight cover. This
particularly emphasises the unique look of the front end again in typical
BMW style with its clear, almost penetrating focus.

Apart from the direction indicators, the corona rings for the daytime driving
lights come for the first time as LED units generating a particularly homogeneous
and bright light adding new and attractive features to that particular
look so typical of BMW.

Side-view: coupé-like roofline and waistline emphasising 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 so typical of BMW design also on the
BMW Concept 5 Series Gran Turismo. The dominating feature from the side
is the waistline characteristic of a BMW extending from the outer edge of
the headlights and moving back at the same level as the door openers 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 air dam, this interplay of the
waistline and the sill-line making the car look lower and more crouched down
on the ground and emphasising the dynamic wedge of the body.
The roofline consistently tapering out and ending in the rear air spoiler
conveys a feature typical of a modern coupé to a four-door automobile in the
guise of the BMW Concept 5 Series Gran Turismo. The innovative character
of the car's design is indeed a visual expression of the many features and
qualities the car has to offer. With its sporting flair, the BMW Concept 5 Series
Gran Turismo leaves an even greater and more positive impression through
its spacious and generous interior.

Both front and rear 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 four-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, significantly flared wheel arches symbolise the sporting potential of the car: The BMW Concept 5 Series Gran Turismo comes on 21-inch
light-alloy rims offering a particular touch of elegance through their multi-spoke design.

Yet another feature of particularly sporting cars is the small mass of the body
above the front wheels, keeping the side panels particularly 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 window graphics also presents a re-interpretation of
a characteristic BMW feature: On the BMW Concept 5 Series Gran Turismo
both the shaft covers and the window surrounds are made of one piece, this
three-dimensional shape giving the frame made of aluminium a particularly
sophisticated and dynamic look around that famous "Hofmeister kink".
The exterior mirrors also represent a new design element, with the mirror base
forming part of the shaft cover starting on the foot of the A-pillars and thus
blending particularly smoothly and harmoniously with the side panel of the car.
The BMW Concept 5 Series Gran Turismo offers a brand-new rendition of
the counter-swing in the bottom corner of the rear side window frame so
well-known as 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 specifically
at this point.

Powerful rear end.
The design of the rear end offers a particularly striking impression of this
unique concept with its exceptional strengths and features. The two outer
rooflines as well as the shoulder lines merge into the air spoiler on the tailgate,
giving the rear end in its fastback style a kind of surrounding line and at the
same time adding a compact touch to the overall design of the car.
The entire rear view of the BMW Concept 5 Series Gran Turismo is split by
horizontal lines highlighting the width and powerful stance of the car. At the
same time this creates an attractive interplay of convex and concave surfaces,
the negatively slanted surface above the chrome bar between the rear light
clusters bearing the BMW logo offering an additional sporting effect.
The rear end reaches its full width around the wheel arches, the exhaust
tailpipes positioned far to the outside also directing the eyes of the beholder
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 panel and the road.

Impressive function: 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 superior function of the car is likewise only
recognisable when opening the tailgate: To stow away luggage, the tailgate
may be opened either in full or only around the rear window. If only the lower
section is swivelled upward, the driver and passengers will load the luggage
compartment in the same way as in a sedan, naturally benefitting in the
process from the far lower loading sill. Since in this case they only open the
luggage compartment as such, the passenger compartment will not suffer in
the process from drafts or any other effects of bad weather.
The need to open the complete tailgate pivoting above the rear window arises
only when stowing away particularly large and bulky objects.
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,
emphasising the full width of the BMW Concept 5 Series Gran Turismo also in
the car's night design.´

The lights fed by LED illumination units provide a homogeneous light effect
with the brake lights and direction indicators positioned behind the rows of
lights and being illuminated even more brilliantly when activated.
The rear light clusters are connected to one another 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. Yet a further innovation
is the integration of the third brake light in the rear fin again so typical of BMW.

BMW Concept 5 Series Gran Turismo:
new momentum in a demanding market.
Presenting the BMW Concept 5 Series Gran Turismo, BMW is once again
proving its outstanding competence in the development of innovative vehicle
concepts. The world's most successful manufacturer of premium cars follows
the challenges created by the need for up-to-date mobility.
This new car concept addresses a demanding target group seeking to
combine stylish elegance, luxurious wellness and impressive variability in
individual style with the demands and requirements of their active lifestyle.

The BMW Concept 5 Series Gran Turismo offers precisely these qualities,
enhancing the Sheer Driving Pleasure so typical of the brand by a new dimension
thrilling the true connoisseur also beyond BMW's existing target groups.
The BMW Concept 5 Series Gran Turismo clearly reveals the full bandwidth of
its qualities when compared with the demands made of an up-to-date grand
tourer. With its elegant look, the sophisticated ambience of its comfortable
and spacious interior, as well as its generous and variable transport capacities,
the BMW Concept 5 Series is simply perfect for a wonderful travel experience.
And since BMW's innovative power is also borne out by an extremely
efficient drivetrain, this new concept car will also ensure appropriate economy
in today's world.

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 particularly superior long-distance 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 in unique style.
Features never before combined in one car in this way 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 consistently continuing its successful development strategy. Qualities typical of the brand once are again carried over into a new market with an innovative concept
unique to world over. Hence, BMW is using all the innovative power of the
brand to give new customers that unique thrill of Sheer Driving Pleasure and
to continue the ongoing growth of the BMW brand in a lasting, long-term process.

[Source: BMW]