Whereas the suspension's sport mode tightened up the ride, the 550i Gran Turismo didn't feel as settled in the curves as the 5-series sedan. Then there are the readouts and controls. Safety A number of passive and active safety features are standard, including a basic array of airbags, but there aren't rear-seat-mounted side airbags, just curtains. Once the cushy seats are down, you must then pull two latches, one behind each seat, to lower the hard piece of carpeted flooring that creates a flat load floor. It weighs a claimed 1970 kg at the kerb. And you can trust us when we say that it has a commanding presence on the road that doesn't does fully come across in photos please forgive us for making similar allegations about the Panamera. Body motions are limited, with noticeable roll-stiffness distinctions through the three suspension presets; grip is respectable, at 0.
Injectors are incorporated into the cylinder heads, right between the valves, for direct injection. With no paddles on the steering wheel, you'll need to tap the shifter for manual gear changes. The gauge cluster — nearly identical to the 7 Series' head-up display — is a mix of analog needles and fully digital readouts. And the available driver aids, such as night vision and around-view cameras, put it over the top. Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Now in its fourth generation, iDrive has gotten much more intuitive than ever before, but I still found myself fumbling with the main controller knob.
Most of the time — including most of a road trip between Chicago and Indianapolis — I left it in Comfort, for the comfort of my wife, who was seated in the plush passenger seat. Factors that will affect your rate include your age, marital status, credit history, driving record, and the garaging address of your vehicle. It's not just the numbers that are distressing; the braking system intrudes on the overall driving experience. It was quite a disappointment. The back of the Gran Turismo opens like a standard hatchback, or you can just open a smaller hatch.
While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Turn after turn, the transmission's Sport mode refused to get aggressive, keeping the gears in midrange. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Yes, some will call it a porker. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms if you have to wait for repairs. The 750i features the same twin-turbocharged V-8 but a six-speed automatic transmission. With a destination programmed into the navigation system, the head-up display also shows route guidance information.
Yes, its, uh, generous dimensions—3. Mainly, when I tried to go backward through the menus — which requires a significant leftward push — I would spin the knob around instead. With the rear seat luxury package, the side sunshades go up and down at the touch of a button. But we didn't find that these feature fully delivered on their promise, especially in terms of mileage and sport driving capabilities. Power flows from the 7's formidable 4. The 550i Gran Turismo had a few other features worth mentioning.
The suspension and car felt taut as we crammed it around the first turn, but the transmission wasn't giving us a whole lot of power for the exit. The hatch opens in two sections: The entire hatch can lift, or a section below the rear window opens separately to reveal a sedan-like trunk behind the rear seats and below a cargo cover. Four years of the service are included, but you'll have to pay a fee past that time. Navigation, which comes standard, is gorgeous in full-screen mode with a satellite overlay. That feature adjusts suspension, steering and throttle control among four modes: Comfort, Normal, Sport and Sport+. The Bad Fuel economy is bad enough that the 550i Gran Turismo gets saddled with the gas guzzler tax.
Skip to details on the: New for 2010 Other than the Gran Turismo model, there are no significant changes for 2010. What is a Powertrain warranty? The double-jointed back hatch, though an interesting tech achievement, seems a little over-designed, like using an aircraft carrier to launch homing pigeons. What was really a pain was simply lowering the rear seats down to create a flat cargo floor — and they were power operated! The wheel rim delivers the same detailed feel of the road surface, and you get the same sensation that electrons are doing as much of the driving as you are. There's also no knee airbags for either driver or passenger, which the 7 Series has. The good news is I returned 20 mpg overall in real-world driving, which included bumper-to-bumper commutes on top of that road trip on open highways.
However, that was a minor annoyance in an otherwise flawless infotainment system. The 550 has subtle door-sill and front and rear bodywork extensions. This unit features double overhead camshaft valve gear, a 90 degree V 8 cylinder layout, and 4 valves per cylinder. When we couldn't figure out how to work the back hatch, it was an easy matter of looking through a couple of entries using the iDrive interface, as opposed to digging a big paper manual out of the glovebox. For design, the rear hatch, able to open as a trunk or hatchback, is very clever, providing flexibility for cargo.