Hi folks - just in the process of buying a 2010 530D Gran Tursimo SE and thought I should introduce myself!
Very excited about getting my new motor next Tuesday! After much brow beating by my better half I've decided to get a truly comfortable car once again after having my current Carrera 4 S.
I was actually considering a Merc E350 sport or new 7 or 5 Series. The Merc is a lovely car but the technology/interiors are not as well designed as the BM in my opinion.I called into the BM dealership to check out prices and stumbled accross a gleaming Titanium Silver 530d SE Gran Turismo with 20" multi-spoke alloys. Unlike most people I've alway really liked the GT from an aesthetic perspective and have alway "gotten" what its all about in terms of being a large cruiser with luxury interior, stacks of space with great pace and handling (for it's size) . I was, like many people, of the belief these are strict 4 seaters, however, this only applies to the Exec model. This was an SE (seats 5) with black leather sports seats, pan-roof, memory seats, Dynamic pack, Prof Media pack, Visibility pack and nice black ash wood trim.
I was looking for a much lighter interior instead of black this time around but soon as I sat in the drivers seat I realised the black interior was very sporty and a special place to be with huge amounts of space (as much if not more rears space than a RR). There are huge amounts of light thanks to the giant panoramic sun roof. I have a history of lots of cars (too many!) and can honestly say the interior is one of the nicest I've experienced (comparing against Range Rovers, Audi A8)
Anyway - I took the car for a test drive with my wife we were both so impressed with the way its speed, torque, and how luxurious it was that we immediately decided we had to buy it!
Man-maths kicked in an a deal was struck.... roll on next Tuesday!