I have no doubt that BMW’s design team is one of the best in the world, given the best training and equipped with the best tools. But when your design brief is to make the 5 Series into the hulking quasi-crossover BMW 5 Series GT, there’s really nowhere to go but down.
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…