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The famed automotive pot-stirrers at Autocar are at it again. According to two blurbs from the UK publication, BMW's new 5 Series Gran Turismo may spawn at least one less costly, less powerful variant, but a high-performance M version is apparently off the table.

On the fuel and financial economy front, Bimmer is reportedly considering adding four-cylinder powerplants to the controversial new five-door, including the 175 bhp diesel from the 320d. A twin-turbo diesel may also be in the cards. The fear here is that the premium-priced 5GT may in fact be priced too aggressively, as it stickers above a comparable 5 Series Touring model. In any case, we don't expect to see the less-powerful diesel Stateside, although we wouldn't be terribly suprised if the company chose to shoehorn in something like the twin-turbo 3.0-liter diesel already on offer in the 335d.

On the M side of the equation, Autocar says that the gasoline V8-powered 550i will remain the pinnacle of the range, as BMW has "ruled out" a M-Technik variant. Given that BMW has recently seen fit to move M beyond traditional cars (see: X5 and X6) and that these higher performance models often have thicker margins attached, this strikes us as somewhat curious decision – especially as the 5GT figures to be the most dynamically promising of the bunch. This source also doesn't jibe with what we heard from BMW officials just last month when we drove the car in Portugal. At that time, the official line was that no decision had been made, but knowing glances and meek smiles seemed to indicate that things looked good for the model.

In other words, we'll believe it when we (don't) see it.

[Source: Autocar]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I remember when they said that an X5 M was out of the question as a portly SUV was not the image that M tuning should be affiliated with.

        • 5 Years Ago
        Nothing is sacred in motoring anymore... not when there are a few extra dollars to be made anyway.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Just stop trying to forcibly invent niches that yield stupid looking cars BMW, and stick to what you do best. I have nothing against executive hatchbacks, as some cool ones have existed such as the Rover SD1 2600 /3500, Citroen CX and Lancia Gamma, but this simply fails.
      JDM Life
      • 5 Years Ago
      People are going to say what is that.....with a ugly look on their face.

      • 5 Years Ago
      From the looks of the car and its size this looks like a street version of the X6, so its a BAD IDEEAx2, why in the world would ANYONE buy this???Seriously....WHY???
      What is wrong with the 5 series estate???
      Their only good ideea lately was the X1, I drove one last week and I really enjoyed it, THAT car is a good ideea, its small but capable.
      The X6 and series 5 GT are big clunky and ignorant, not to mention USLESS!!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Certainly one of the ugliest BMW's in recent memory. What's going on over there, why cant it look as cool as that new fastback Audi?
      • 5 Years Ago
      That just is not an attractive automobile.....
      • 5 Years Ago
      When is this Thing going to go away?!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't know about you guys but to me the BMW brand loses a little bit of passion each day.

      Hopefully the new M-5 will reverse the trend.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is there any vehicle whose rampant success caused the frightful trend of these jacked-up hatchbacks en masse? BMW Gran Turismo, BMW X6, Acura ZDX, Honda Crosstour...

      ...are they thinking that the Prius's success was due to its awkward proportions? Is *that* what they're trying to emulate?! This kinda of styling by itself is just gawdawful... it didn't work 30 years ago with GM's "fastback" sedans, and it most likely won't work now.

      ...the only vehicle of this shape that I find remotely attractive at all is the Infiniti EX...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Saw on of these when I went out to eat over the weekend GT 550 w/ normal NYS plates not Manu "DTM" nj plates which is what I would expect. It was pouring but I went over to check it out, fairly ugly.
      • 5 Years Ago
      not a big fan of this misfit design. I suppose BMW engineers have the capacity to develope a solid car in most any class but his wagon/car/suv/yuck catergory is not doin it for me. Seems like the cargo space would'nt be enough to make getting a nice 5 series a better option. my $.02........
      • 5 Years Ago
      This car looks like a pig.
      • 5 Years Ago
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