Despite its obvious 5-series characteristics the GT is significantly larger than the current 5-series, measuring 4998mm in length, 1901mm in width and is 1559mm tall. That makes the GT 158mm longer, 61mm wider and 94mm higher than the 5-series. It also uses an enlarged wheelbase, with an extra 180mm added.
A smaller 3.0-litre twin-turbo developing 306bhp and 295lb ft will be fitted to the 535i GT, while the economical option comes in the form of a 3.0-litre diesel with 245bhp and 398lb ft. All models are fitted with a new eight-speed automatic gearbox.
A four-wheel-drive version is also in the pipeline, however, customers will have to wait until at least 2011 to order one.