The BMW 5 Series is a mid size/executive car manufactured by BMW since 1972. The car, now in its sixth generation, is sold in sedan and touring body styles. The 5 Series got its name by being the fifth of the “new series” cars after the V-8 and Isetta era. The body was styled by Marcello Gardinni, based on the Bertone 1970 BMW Garmisch 2002ti Geneva show car. There have been five generations of the 5 Series to date. To differentiate between them, they are referred to by their unique chassis numbers (EXX). The 5 Series began the BMW tradition of being named with a three-digit number. The first digit represents the model, and the following two digits represent the size of the engine in deciliters, which is the main distinguishing difference. Additional letters or words may be added to the end of the three-digit number to define the fuel type, engine or transmission details, and the body style. The ‘i’ originally stood for ‘injection’.
BMW is once again defining a brand-new segment in the automobile market. The BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo combines elegance, space, comfort and variability in truly unique style. As an attractive, future-oriented extension of the BMW 5 Series, the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo is quite unparalleled worldwide in the upper middle segment, combining the characteristic features of a prestige saloon, a modern, highly versatile Sports Activity Vehicle, and a classic Gran Turismo in brand-new, unprecedented style.