Based on BMW’s midsize 5 Series, the 550 Gran Turismo is a four-door hatchback with a tall body that stops just short of crossover height. The unique design offers significantly more utility and cargo space than even the largest luxury sedans.
What's New for 2014
The front and rear fascias receive a fresh look, and the liftgate has been reshaped for slightly more room in back. Navigation is now standard and comes with a new touchpad controller. BMW has also added two optional trim lines: Modern and Luxury.
Choosing Your 550 Gran Turismo
The sole powertrain is a 4.4-liter turbocharged V8 with 445 horsepower and an eight-speed automatic transmission. BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive setup is optional.
As expected, the Gran Turismo is lavishly equipped from the start with features like leather seating with driver memory and 20-way power in front, Bluetooth phone and audio, a panoramic sunroof, front and rear parking sensors, navigation, HD radio and adaptive xenon headlamps.
Luxury: Comes with multi-spoke 19- or 20-inch wheels, a sport steering wheel, your choice of wood interior trim, LED foglamps and specific seat stitching.
Cold Weather: Provides heated front and rear seats and a heated steering wheel.
Lighting: Adds full LED adaptive headlights with automatic high-beam control.
Driver Assistance Plus: Includes blind-spot and lane-departure warning systems, side- and top-view cameras, and collision mitigation with pedestrian detection.
Dynamic Handling: Firms up the suspension with adaptive dampers and stabilizer bars.
Luxury Seating: Adds ventilation and massage to the front seats.
Most available options are a matter of personal taste. That said, the Dynamic Handling Package effectively compensates for the Gran Turismo’s size and weight, which exceed that of the 5 Series sedan.