In XVIII-XIX centuries “the Grand tour” aristocracy called the months-long journey in transit through a dozen countries of old Europe in the train of a pair of three solid closed top carriages, with servants and plenty of Luggage. Was started and usually all this entertainment and education goal: young people from decent homes have completed a “Grand tour” in their education, live familiar with foreign life, culture and Holy places, and, sorry, gain sexual experience without the risk of spoiling the reputation among familiar surroundings at home. Wealthy older nobles were sent to the TRANS-European voyage for the purpose of treatment, rest and purchase items of art and luxury. And since a large comfortable coach for such trips was also called “Grand tours”, the term subsequently migrated in the automobile sector.
Gran Turismo as a variety of cars never had a clear definition of the body style, drive and other technical characteristics. It was conventionally considered to be so large and spacious car in the back compartment, ultimately the newest or sedan, with a fairly powerful powertrains, with an abundance of luxury elements in the cabin, designed for long relaxing journeys on good roads from resort to resort, from hotel to hotel… In the early twentieth century, the GT cars were made primarily of custom and piece, they were later replaced by the production model — as a rule, very expensive. Keep in the line of one or two models Gran Turismo was considered to be in the good form. So today allow yourself exclusively premium brands.
With automated Valet Parking, which is not new, the car finds a niche in a Parking row, and perfectly wedged in it. The feature that distinguishes this function for BMW from other cars, where she met I – need during the Parking process to manually hold down the corresponding key on the panel near the handle of the automatic transmission.
If the only place you can fit a car, not allow then to open the door and exit the interior, 640i GT you can throw in there, being outside. Just like children’s remote control cars! Key chain with touch screen BMW Display Key, resembling a smartphone, first appeared on the “seven” of the last generation. It allows you to visually monitor the many parameters of the car in a remote Parking lot to give the command to move. The car must first put the nose in front of the Parking space, get out, close the door and press the button on the key FOB and the icon on his display. The car comes at a niche for herself and she also gets slow, if way found unnoticed by you or the sudden obstacle. Similarly, the car “removed”: leaves the team with puller reverse. Such remote control allows the car to drive the distance not exceeding half of body length with a speed of 1.8 km/h.
Parked the car, go on vacation. Over a glass of fragrant mulled wine you can safely reflect on the day behind the wheel of a BMW 640i GT, and in order to comply with the objectivity to detect the flaws. Search disadvantages of such a perfect car is not easy, and usually only drawback is the cost. But let’s try.
In fact, major disadvantages – it is not bugs, in fact, features… Frameless glass with door closer, flush the top edge of the window slot of the door gasket for excellent protection from external noise, podsvechivaya wind and dust is definitely a great solution for a European GT. But for then – not very. Frequent winter ice storms and systematic sharp transitions thaw the frost is able to deliver a fair amount of trouble if the car is parked under the open sky. In Gran Turismo it’s not uncommon: during the journey you will accompany a warm garage and personal mechanic, including those responsible for washing and drying. Oh, and another single “winter doubt”: why is the car worth four to six million rubles, and containing in itself all conceivable advancements of modern industry, not available heated windshield?!
Against this background, already lost the little things, such uncomfortable-slippery handles volume and temperature on the centre console. Controversial and the decision in the form of tiny touch buttons control the fan speed and heated seats, which can be used only with the systems of active cruise and automatic emergency braking, available in 640i GT. Don’t be electronic assistants, to be distracted from the road in search of touch-keys on climate displaceme it would be frankly unsafe…