BMW 3-Series GT: The Latest Retina Burning Niche Product From Germany

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler

Despite being unable to eat, talk or sleep more than a few hours at a time, I have found something more agonizing than an adult tonsillectomy the BMW 3-Series GT. Because we all know what a critical and commercial success the BMW 5-Series GT has been. At least Percocet can numb the pain of having sections of my throat burnt away by a cauterizing wand. Whoever buys this thing is doomed twice over by poor eyesight and awful judgement. Then again, maybe the reaction would have been better if it was badged as a Saab?

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  • Jacob Jacob on Feb 07, 2013

    I am surprised with all the negative comments. But then again, hatchbacks are not popular in the USA. In the USA, form usually wins over substance, so everyone drives a sedan even though you can't fit a decent sized cooler in the trunk of a full sized sedans such as Chrysler 300C. On the other hand, in Europe a midsized hatchback is a normal occurrence (just check out Citroen XM and its successors). This car is something that I might be interested in. It looks good and clean IMO, much better than BMW's wagons (I hate BMW's vision of what a cool looking wagon, where the roof slowly slopes downward in the rear of car). In fact, this looks better than all Saab 9-3s I have seen. The utility is certainly also there. I like be able to transport all sorts of stuff in my car, from coolers and furniture pieces to camping and ski equipment, etc, and this one would work perfectly. There is no need to have a truck or SUV for that. I am looking forward to test drive the 320 or 328 version.

    • Cargogh Cargogh on Feb 07, 2013

      I'm in the USA and have had five hatchbacks over the years. I'm not opposed to hatch---just ugly. This rates as a Crosstour with me as hideous under the pretense of utilitarian. You will probably like it better than the wagon, though, Jacob. And it should hold more because I think it is 5 inches longer and 3 inches taller.

  • Russycle Russycle on Feb 07, 2013

    Not bad looking to me, but just not right for a Beemer. They should just go for a wagon and leave the 5-doors to the Japanese and Koreans. And maybe Dodge could bring back the Lancer:

  • Discoholic Discoholic on Feb 08, 2013

    Looks like they took a 3-series and welded an industrial washing mashine to the back. And may they burn in hell for using the "GT" moniker on that monstrosity.

    • Germancarnut Germancarnut on Feb 08, 2013

      It's lame to show a stripped version of this car that will never come to the US in this form just to bash it. For your tonsillectomy pain you have my sympathy though ... Try to give it a more objective look and you may realize that the design works quite well (considering the enormous space gain). Link with a comparison with the 3 series sedan and touring: