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The Mercury Cars Guide : February 27th 2010
Saturday, February 27, 2010 Classifieds 62 300 400 carsguide.com.au ---13 small torque BMW 550i Gran Turismo Price: $143,400 (530d), $151,400 (535i), $192,900 (550i) Engines: 3.0-litre turbo- diesel, 3.0-litre turbocharged petrol six, 4.4-litre turbocharged V8 Power: 180kW at 4000 revs, 225kW at 5800 revs, 300kW at 5500 revs Torque: 540Nm from 1750 revs, 400Nm from 1200 revs, 600Nm from 1750 revs Transmission: Eight- speed automatic Rivals Mercedes-Benz R-Class: from $82,800 Range Rover Vogue: from $155,000 Plush, lavish Beemer set to lure OPTIMISM: BMW is confident the GT will repeat the sales success of the X6. THE X6 was the ans- wer to a question nobody asked. So does that make the 5-Series Gran Turismo another German orphan look- ing for a home? BMW Australia spokesman, Toni Andreevski, doesn't think so. He says the GT will lure buyers ''who don't want the status of the 7 Series and are put off buying an SUV''. ''They are niche clients,'' he says. ''We have no doubt there is a market for this concept.'' Andreevski is confident the GT will repeat the sales suc- cess of the X6, which came in for a lot of criticism when it was launched, but has been something of a minor sales celebrity for the company. Despite the critics, X6 sales exceeded BMW Australia's ex- pectations last year --- 573 were sold. The company has more modest targets for the GT, with projected sales of 120 for the first 12 months. Because the GT shares much with the 7 Series it is no surprise that it borrows some of the lavish equipment and latest generation engines from the BMW stable. Andreevski says the three- model range --- the 530d, the 535i and the 550i --- will sit between the 5 Series and below the 7 Series with prices kick- ing off at $143,400 and topping out at $192,900. All models get BMW's new eight-speed automatic trans- mission. The opener is the 3.0-litre turbo-diesel 530d, which ar- rives next month, stepping up to a mid-range turbo petrol 3.0-litre 535i six and range- topping turbo 4.4-litre V8 550i. To deliver strong perform- ance, BMW has opted for twin- scroll turbo technology in the petrol six and V8. It says it is the first time it has combined the company's Valvetronic valve manage- ment system, direct injection and turbo-charging. Buyers can choose between a five-seater or optional four- seater, which costs an extra $4000 and includes luxuriously appointed pews BMW calls ''comfort seats''. In size, the GT sits between the 5 Series and the 7 Series sedan. It is 174mm shorter and 1mm narrower than the 7 Series but 80mm higher. BMW has dipped into the premium end of the parts bin to give the car a raft of features. They include four-zone auto- matic air conditioning, fra- meless windows, adaptive headlights, an automatic hatch, bi-Xenon headlights, a panorama sunroof and a rear- view camera. on the road BMW's catchcry of ''sheer driving pleasure'' does not mean sitting in the back. But that's exactly what Andreevski wanted journalists to do to appreciate the GT. From the rear pews it's a life of lavish, cocooning luxury. The optional rear comfort seats provide plenty of space for two, with a huge armrest and storage areas between the seats. The seats also electrically recline up to 40 degrees to imitate business class without getting airsick. A neat trick with the twin- opening rear hatch is that it can be set to five-different positions, enabling the hatch to lift up without hitting low garage roofs. Although the GT's cabin looks like a loungeroom on wheels, on the road the car behaves as a BMW should. Despite riding on the bigger 20-inch, both the 535i and 550i have a plush ride with the standard adaptive suspension taking the worry out of suspension tuning. The petrol six is quiet, composed and reasonably quick but if you get the urge, the 4.4-litre V8 fits the bill. NEIL McDONALD See mitsubishi-motors.com.au for further information. Offers at participating Mitsubishi Dealers only. While stocks last. Mitsubishi Motors Australia reserves the right to extend or modify these offers. Offers available on new vehicles ordered and delivered between 6 February and 28 February 2010. Business, Fleet sales by special arrangement. †10 year or 160,000km Powertrain Warranty (whichever comes first) (non transferable). *5 year or 130,000km New Vehicle Factory Warranty (whichever comes first). ^5 years or 130,000km Roadside Assist (whichever comes first). Service conditions apply. ‡4 year or 60,000km Capped Price Servicing (whichever comes first). Covers all items specified under the standard Maintenance for Normal Operating Conditions schedule detailed in the Service and Warranty Booklet. Additional service/repair items (if required) are at additional cost. Excludes Government and Rental Fleet customers. See your Dealer for full details. 1. Recommended selling price. 2. Drive away price includes 12 months Registration, CTP Insurance, Stamp Duty and Dealer Delivery. MMR1019/TAS/HM To see all of the Start of Year offers visit buyamitsubishi.com.au or call 1300 13 12 11 $32,9901 DRIVE AWAY 2 EXCLUDES METALLIC/PEARLESCENT PAINT $450 EXTRA. PRIVATE BUYERS ONLY. NEW Outlander LS • ACTIVE STABILITY CONTROL • ACTIVE TRACTION CONTROL • 2.4L MIVEC • 5 speed manual • All Wheel Control 4WD system • 16" alloys • Cruise control • Keyless entry • 09 Plate l nder LS Lancer ES • NOW WITH SEVEN AIRBAGS INCLUDING SIDE AND CURTAIN • Sedan or Hatch • 2.0L MIVEC engine • 5 speed manual • Cruise control • ABS brakes • Power windows • Power steering • Active Stability and Traction Control $21,4901 DRIVE AWAY 2 EXCLUDES METALLIC/PEARLESCENT PAINT $450 EXTRA. PRIVATE BUYERS ONLY. † * ^ ‡ HOBART. DJ Mitsubishi. Phone 6213 3300. rES TRITON GLX R IS THE FIRST UTE TO WIN OVERLANDER 4WD OF THE YEAR
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