Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has completed its tests on the BMW 5-Series.
The current BMW 5-Series has a new body structure and standard safety features, including front, side, and curtain airbags. Also standard are anti-lock brakes; stability and traction control; Brake Standby and Brake Drying, which are said to improve stopping performance; and wheels and tires in 18-, 19-, and 20-inch sizes that can be ordered as run-flat tires. BMW Assist and accident notification hardware are also included.
MSN Autos notes a standard "tire-pressure monitor" and "active front head restraints," and says BMW's standard Automatic Hold can "prevent rolling backward on hills."
Car and Driver explains the 5-Series GT's DDC system has a Sport Plus mode for "relaxing the stability control enough to allow drifting."
Safety options will also include night vision, a head-up display, rearview and side-view cameras, dynamic cruise control, park distance control, and adaptive headlights with automatic high beams. Of these, the park-distance control may be the most useful, since the Gran Turismo feels wide like an SUV on narrow streets. High seating and low step-in height create good visibility to most angles, but Autoblog takes issues with the "mail slot of a rear window," and suggests you "plan on becoming BFF with the excellent backup camera."
TheCarConnection.com will reevaluate the Gran Turismo's safety ratings when crash-test scores are published.