- Gran Turismo version of the 550
- Powerful 445-hp, twin-turbo V-8 engine
- More cargo and passenger space
Back for 2014 with some new upgrades, the 550 Gran Turismo offers the traditional performance and luxury expected of a 5-Series car with the added benefit of more cargo and passenger space.
There are now four GT models in BMW’s lineup (328, 335, 535, and 550 respectively) and they all opt for the same design aesthetic: grab the rear glass, pull it back so there’s a hatch instead of a trunk, and make it longer/taller, then voila – Gran Turismo.
GT models are larger than their sedan brethren, with six inches of added length that adds legroom for interior occupants. Out back, there is also a two-piece hatchback: one is a liftgate that covers the whole rear opening and the other is a section below the rear glass that opens up to show a secondary cargo space. Styling has gotten an update for 2014, with xenon HID headlights now standard and front/rear styling changed to add sharper, more distinct lines. Standard exterior touches include BMW’s iconic kidney grille, triple-row LED taillights, and Adaptive Brake Lights, which illuminate more of the lamp as braking force increases.
BMW has been among a small number of automakers to continue production of an inline-six cylinder engine, a design known for its smooth power delivery. The 550 GT features a 445-hp, twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 that makes a robust 480 pounds-feet of torque. Rear-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission are standard, with all-wheel drive also available.
Inside you’ll find seating for four or five passengers, depending on the rear seat configuration. Added to the standard features list is BMW’s iDrive system with navigation and a 10.2-inch HD screen. Also standard are dual-zone automatic climate control, power tilt/telescoping steering wheel, and 10-way power front seats. The available head-up display shows speed and other pertinent information; with navigation, it adds directions to the mix. A 40/20/40-split rear seat offers extra cargo flexibility.
Standard safety features include stability and traction control, antilock brakes with emergency braking assist, seat belt load limiters, and six airbags. Options include active cruise control with collision warning, blind-spot detection, lane departure warning, and night vision with pedestrian detection.