Autoblog goes to Sicily to test drive the 2014 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo.

The new midsize Gran Turismo model is built on the 3 Series long wheelbase platform and uses the 5 Series GT’s design as the starting point. At 4,824 millimeters long, 1,489 millimeters tall, 1,828 millimeters wide and with a 2,920-millimetre wheelbase, the new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo is notably larger all round than the Sedan and Touring variants of the 3 Series range.

The new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo is also 200 millimeters longer than the BMW 3 Series Touring and comes with a 110-millimeter longer wheelbase and stands 81 millimeters taller. Front and rear passengers all benefit from a seating position raised by 59 millimeters.

Video Review: 2014 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo

The 3 GT will be offered with the Sport Line, Luxury Line or Modern Line equipment packages, or with the optional M Sport package, which will already be available from July 2013.

The most powerful model offered in the U.S. is the 335i GT powered by a 3.0 liter turbocharged engine developing 225 kW/306 hp and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft). BMW 335i Gran Turismo accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 5.4 seconds and has a full consumption of 7.7 liters per 100 km.

By Horatiu Boeriu. Read Bio