The BMW 640i xDrive Gran Turismo is the latest attempt at getting people to like the idea of a Gran Turismo body style. This is perhaps BMW’s best attempt yet, but it still doesn’t look quite right.
Honestly, I can think of few recent cars as reviled as the 5-Series GT. Instead of giving us Americans the vaunted 5-Series Touring wagon, BMW brought us this bloated minivan-hatchback thing. Why do they hate us so much?
In case you were wondering, there are some redeeming characteristics to the BMW 5 Series GT. First, it's got frameless windows, which are always cool in our book. Also, with the half-hatch open, it looks like a giant guppy.
We haven't exactly been coy about our opinion of the BMW 5 Series GT, it's questionably-necessary and lumpy. Such needn't be the case though as evidenced by this JDM Honda Odyssey modified with an E92 BMW 3-Series Coupe nose.
At an briefing today on the upcoming BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo, BMW's manager of product planning, Martin Berkmann, explained the new GT may spell the end for U.S. imports of the 5-Series wagon. Only time and sales numbers'll tell.
What kind of drunken mess occurred in the creation of the 2010 BMW 5-Series GT? The sketches below indicate the Concept CS, X6 and 5-Series mated to create this carefully designed mutant love child.
The video carries us through a stream of conscious design process in cartoon form, gently dancing around the points which say "we're building a fancy minivan" with so much marketingspeak you'll need hip waders to watch it. That's not to say this new WTF-UV they're hinting at doesn't have some innovative features. From…