BMW used the Frankfurt Motor Show to officially introduce the highly controversial 5-Series Gran Turismo.

BMW used the Frankfurt Motor Show to officially introduce the highly controversial 5-Series Gran Turismo.

Described as "a prestige saloon, a modern Sports Activity Vehicle crossed with a classic Gran Turismo", the 5-Series GT blends sedan styling with hatchback practicality.

While it's definitely 'not a looker', the GT does have some redeeming values. It offers the same rear legroom as the 7-Series, the same headroom as the X5, and up to 1,700 liters (59.5 cu ft) of luggage capacity.

At launch, three different engines will be offered. They include the 3.0-liter turbo-diesel with 245 hp and 540 Nm of torque, the 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline-six with 306 hp and 400 Nm of torque, and the twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 with 407 hp and 600 Nm of torque. All models will come standard with BMW's new eight-speed automatic transmission, which debuted on the range topping 760i and 760Li sedans.

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