BMW fattens up the 5-series

CNET Car Tech reviews the 2010 BMW 550i Gran Turismo.

BMW 550i Gran Turismo
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The new 5-series Gran Turismo is a strange beast. Its double-jointed rear hatch is cool, but ultimately not that practical. It weighs 500 pounds more than a 5-series sedan, so it doesn't handle as well. Yet we really enjoy driving it.

BMW loads the car with an extreme amount of technology, including heavily rendered 3D maps and driver aids that include night vision. Similarly, the car has an adaptive suspension, eight gears in its automatic transmission, and a turbocharged direct injection engine. Too bad it costs so much, and gets such poor mileage.

Read our review of the strangely equipped 2010 BMW 550i Gran Turismo .

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Wayne Cunningham reviews cars and writes about automotive technology for CNET. Prior to the Car Tech beat, he covered spyware, Web building technologies, and computer hardware. He began covering technology and the Web in 1994 as an editor of The Net magazine. He's also the author of "Vaporware," a novel that's available as a Nook e-book.


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