BMW 3 Series Wallpapers – Gran Turismo – BMW has just uploaded on their official YouTube channel a new video presenting the recently announced 3-Series Gran Turismo.
Publicly unveiled last month in Geneva, the 3-Series GT is 200mm longer and 81 mm taller than the Touring variant and also has a 110mm extended wheelbase. As a result of these changes, rear passengers benefit from an additional 70mm of legroom, while the cargo room has jumped to 1,600 liters once the rear seats are folded down.
Design echoes the 3-Series family but is easily distinguishable thanks to the hatch which has an active spoiler deployable at 68 mph (110 km/h) and retractable once the car travels below 43 mph (70 km/h). It’s offered with a wide array of engines, starting with a 4-cylinder 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo with 143 HP (105 kW) and ending with the inline-six 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo providing 306 HP (225 kW).
2014 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo is being launched to a pretty cynical automotive press brigade. You know it. We know it. Heck, even BMW knows it. We’ve just returned from driving it on the rather unforgiving and sometimes nasty roads of Sicily, and even before we got behind the wheel, many of our media colleagues were busying themselves doubting the 3 GT’s very raison d’être. So, despite the always excellent Sicilian hospitality, the day’s atmosphere was kind of fragile.
While the press in attendance seemed determined to nail every product expert to the wall for having been even tangentially associated with the larger 5 Series Gran Turismo, it seemed that BMW decided ahead of time to not introduce such a sensitive discussion topic. That strategy would do little to smooth things over as everyone started digging for dirt on BMW’s so far clumsy Gran Turismo franchise.
As it turns out, we like the 3 GT despite so many packaging and design cards being stacked against it just by association with the 5 GT precedent. Automotive journalists are sometimes wrong en masse and this case of prejudice toward the 3 GT is one of those times.
And besides, much in the way the entire Buick brand still exists because China fell in love with it (entirely to General Motors’ dumb-luck surprise), the 5 GT has somewhat thrived due to similar circumstances. The odd-duck 5 Series version – arguably the least appealing design ever to roll out of the halls of BMW – has found its savior almost exclusively in the Land of Confucius. After driving this new 3 GT, we have no reason to doubt it will find far more favor not just in China, but in all of BMW’s major markets.
Source - BMW, autoblog.com
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