Not even Doctor Frankenstein could have done a better job on the 2014 BMW 3 Series GT, which seems more like a 5 Series in the body and like a 7 Series in the cabin. The new car is designed to offer a lot more space and elegance, while avoiding the station wagon look.
For the BMW 3 Series GT, the company used the long-wheelbase chassis from the Chinese-market 3-series. However, the seating position was raised and a larger rear hatch added. Designer Page Beermann wanted to mask the GT’s bulk, so not even one piece of exterior sheetmetal is borrowed from other 3-series cars. Unlike the sedan, the GT is wider, the kidney grille and the headlights are taller and the air breathers located on the front fenders actually have an aerodynamic purpose.
The BMW 3 Series GT actually looks better than the 5-series GT, and it makes good use of its dimensions. The new model can fit more cargo than the 3-series sport wagon, the split rear seat can be adjusted through 15 stages and there is plenty legroom in the back. Moreover, the driver has a 2 inch higher seating position. The proportions of the car seem a little stretched, and not always in a good way, although the curvy coupe-style roofline saved the situation. The longer wheelbase, higher center of gravity and extra 300 pounds cost the 2-series some agility. The electrically assisted power steering could be more natural and even lighter.
The new BMW 3 Series GT is available in only 2 configurations. The first one is the 328i GT with a twin-power turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine delivering 240 horsepower and 255 lb-ft of torque. This powerful engine is a direct-injected powerplant with Valvetronic variable valve timing and double variable camshaft timing. According to the EPA, we can expect 22 city/33 highway/26 combined. Those who want more displacement can opt for the new 335i GT with a TwinPower turbocharged inline 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine featuring the same valve technology. The big brother makes 300 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque and has a fuel consumption of 20 city/30 highway/24 combined.
Both models have a standard xDrive all-wheel-drive system and eight-speed automatic transmission. A sports version is available for the Sport Line and M-Sport vehicles. In addition, BMW’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system is standard. The Quickshift gear selector lever on the center console and steering wheel-mounted paddle shift levers allow drivers to manually change gears. The Driving Dynamics Control switch mounted on the console allows changeups between Normal and Sport mode. The starting price for the 320i GT is $69,599, and for the 320i four-door rises to $71,800.