BMW 3 Series Gran TurismoPosted by: Kenny Chan onFebruary 7th, 2013
Pictures of the BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo leaked out on the web a day ahead of the embargo but here are the officially released images and details of the 3 Series GT. Pictured below is the Gran Turismo with the M Sport Package. It’s pretty much like the previous Gran Turismo available on the 5 Series but smaller. Not sure if its the proportions, but I like the 3 Series Gran Turismo but wasn’t really a fan of the 5 Series Gran Turismo.
The first question that came to mind when I saw the 3 Series GT was, why not opt for the wagon? Ignoring the design–because you either love or hate the sportback, the Gran Turismo is actually 200mm longer than the Touring and provides an additional 25 liters of cargo capacity. The 3 Series Gran Turismo also comes with an automatic open/close tailgate and sports an active rear spoiler–a first on a BMW.
While the ride height of the Gran Turismo is similar to that of the Sedan and Touring, the seats (both front and back) actually ride about 60mm higher and the rear passengers gain about 70mm in extra leg room. The Gran Turismo will be available as a 328i with 240 horsepower and 255 lb-ft of torque and as a 335i with 306 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque. In Europe it’ll also be available as a 320i, 318d and 320d. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a 6-speed manual gearbox or an 8-speed automatic for all engine choices. Auto Start-Stop is available on both transmission choices.
The latest addition to the 3 Series family can be ordered in an entry-level version, with the Sport Line, Luxury Line or Modern Line equipment packages, or with the optional M Sport package, which will already be available starting in July 2013. If you’re in the Chicago area, BMW will be showing off the 3 Series Gran Turismo there this year followed by an appearance at the Geneva Motor Show. Rounding out the BMW booth will be the M6 Gran Coupe, Z4, BMW Concept Active Tourer, the i3 Concept Coupe and the i8 Concept Spyder.
In the mean time, check out the huge gallery of photos BMW released (127 photos in total).