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With the introduction of the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo, BMW has filled a previously unimagined niche and elicited plenty of controversy in the process. Regardless, the first GT to go on sale in the US is the V8-powered 550i and the cost of entry has been set at $64,725. However, in traditional German fashion, the tariff can grow rapidly with the judicious use of the option sheet. Here are couple of examples: opting for the duo of rear "sport seats" and sacrificing one of the rear seating positions will add $3,950 to the bottom line, while the sport package adds another $4,200. If you tick every box available, you're in for over $96,000.

The 550i GT goes on sale in the States on December 5 with the 400 hp 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 and an eight-speed automatic transmission. The twin-turbo six-cylinder 535i GT joins the party later but BMW has not yet committed to selling the diesel powered 535d Gran Turismo in the US. Make the jump for the full press release and options list.

[Source: BMW]



The 550i Gran Turismo arrives in showrooms with an MSRP of $64,725.

Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey, November 18, 2009... BMW today announced pricing for the first of its 5 Series Gran Turismo models to reach US shores. The 550i Gran Turismo will be available beginning December 5, 2009 with a base MSRP of $64,725, including $825 Destination & Handling.

The BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo is a new interpretation of a classic concept offering, in this case, luxury seating for four or five in combination with remarkably flexible storage options. 550i Gran Turismo will combine the 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 engine with BMW's first-ever 8-speed automatic transmission. With maximum output of 400 horsepower and peak torque of 450 lb-ft., the 550i Gran Turismo will accelerate from 0 – 60 mph in just 5.4 seconds.

The 550i Gran Turismo provides a luxurious travelling experience for five. The available Luxury Rear Seating Package creates the ultimate first class environment for two rear passengers. The unique dual-access tailgate offers the choice of a tradition trunk opening or full tailgate access to the generous rear luggage area.

A full list of options and packages may be found below.

2010 BMW 550i Gran Turismo Available Packages:
  • Active Ventilated-seat Package $2,950
  • Back-up Camera Package $750
  • Convenience Package $1,900
  • Cold Weather Package $950
  • Driver Assistance Package $1,350
  • Luxury Rear Seating Package $3,950
  • Premium Sound Package $1,400
  • Sport Package $4,200
  • Nappa Leather Package $1,000

2010 BMW 550i Gran Turismo optional equipment:
  • 20-inch wheels with mixed-sized performance tires $1,000
  • Power rear side window shades $500
  • Integral Active Steering $1,750
  • Multi-contour seats $1,300
  • Satellite radio $350
  • Rear seat entertainment system $2,200
  • Smartphone integration $150
  • 4-zone automatic climate control $500
  • Ceramic finished controls $650
  • Ski bag $150
  • iPod and USB adapter $400
  • Head-up display $1,300
  • Night Vision with Pedestrian Detection $2,600

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      • 5 Years Ago
      This is the classical answer to a question nobody asked. Ever.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks like the price of ugly just went up.
      • 5 Years Ago
      a far cry from my E36
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow, thanks BMW. A RWD X6 is the answer to all my wishes.

      • 5 Years Ago
      i'm sad....i used to be a huge BMW fan, but nothing new coming from them now looks good, except for the new Z4. This Gran Turismo almost looks as bad as the Honda Crosstour or whatever it's called, the one that got hated on in the blogs, lol.

      BMW, DO SOMETHING. my favourite bimmer is still the E30, and the M5 E39 *drooling*
        • 5 Years Ago
        I just got home from a quick 4 mile drive in our '02 3-series wagon and it BUMS me out that BMW can't just get smart with product development. Our seven year old BMW station wagon is SUCH a brilliant car, even if it were 7 days old. The GT is a tardmobile for idiots. If only BMW would focus on doing a better job at market niches like the R-Class ( a dud with a good idea) instead of continuously answering the cryptic question nobody asked -we'd all be driving better BMW vehicles.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I saw some of these in Germany last week and it makes sense in context.

      Wagons are very common, and SUVs are considered rude or in poor taste. This gives a glutton of a buyer a way to have the luxury cake and eat it too. Think aging, over-fed and wealthy boomers here.

      Lots of them are getting too old to clamber in and out of a 6 series, are bored of the me-too 7s and can't buy an SUV due to populist backlash. This humbacked hatchback is for that sorry lot.
      • 5 Years Ago
      There seems to be a real trend forming with these raised hatch luxury vehicles, I suppose I shouldn't be surprised to see it, after the X6 and all, but one kind of holds out hope that BMW or another great marque will step in with some style and some personality. These vehicles don't even seem to be selling in that great of volumes, so I have to wonder what drives the manufacturers to keep producing them? It's almost like they're trying to produce the perfect PT cruiser, or Kia Rondo, but with out of this world styling, and although sales seem to be diminishing, here we are. I just think it's unfortunate that the legacy of these bizarre vehicles will undoubtedly affect the companies customer perception, perhaps like the Aztec, or Fiat Doblo.
      JDM Life
      • 5 Years Ago
      64k? 96k?

        • 5 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        Actually $96,025 thank you very much. lol

        They must be selling this car to functional idiots.
        Over $30,000 in options.

        *Shakes my head*
      • 5 Years Ago
      What is this $65,000 abortion??
      • 5 Years Ago
      Two words....Automotive Abortion.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I hated it at first but actually saw one unbadged on the road 2 weeks ago and it look really good.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Not a BMW fan, but i agree. The photos are horrible, but when i saw one in metal in front of the local BMW dealership, it looked pretty impressive. Definitely cannot be judged solely by photos.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You might want to go get your eyes checked.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ouch for the price. Special ouch for the price + the ugly.
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