The new BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo blends the long-distance comfort of a luxury sedan with alluring coupe style. The impressive functionality offered by this body format and the high standards of driving comfort and spaciousness that provide the ideal setting for a relaxing journey are among the features that defined the character of the new car’s predecessor – the founder of this vehicle genre.
These strengths have now been further honed in the new car, whose systematic evolution from the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo is particularly evident in the new model’s sporting elegance, highly advanced equipment features, innovative control and assistance systems, and a leap forward in dynamism and efficiency.
A combination of intelligent lightweight engineering and increased use of aluminium and high-strength steel grades for body and chassis components has shaved an average of around 150kg off the weight compared to the outgoing model. Together with the considerable improvement in the car’s aerodynamic properties, the increase in power and the superior efficiency of the new engines, this endows the car with sportier performance at the same time as optimising fuel economy.
An exterior length of 5,091mm (an increase of 87mm on its predecessor), an unchanged width of 1,902mm and a reduction in height of 21mm (to 1,538mm) give the BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo dynamically stretched proportions. The front end has a distinctive, powerful appearance, with the lenses of the standard LED head lights extending all the way to the large BMW kidney grille. The roofline sweeps down, coupe-style, to merge into a tail section that is now 64mm lower in height.
The interior has been designed to provide a driver-focused cockpit and an extremely spacious passenger compartment. The raised seating position optimises the driver’s all-round view and, together with the faultlessly ergonomic arrangement of the controls, helps to create an imperious sense of driving pleasure. The cabin’s lines, materials and precision workmanship imbue it with a highly sophisticated, premium feel. The rear compartment of the new BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo comprises three full-size seats offering maximised legroom and improved soundproofing, making it even more comfortable to travel in.
The boot capacity of 610 litres is 110 litres larger than the predecessor model’s. The 40:20:40 split backrest can be released remotely and folded flat electrically via a button in the boot. All of which means that maximum load space has increased to 1,800 litres – up 100 litres on the outgoing model.
The lineup of engines available for the new BMW 6 Series Gran Turismofeature TwinPower Turbo technology and team up with the eight-speed Steptronic transmission as standard. The 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol unit in the new BMW 630i Gran Turismo delivers a maximum output of 254bhp and peak torque of 400Nm. It propels the car from 0-100km/h in 6.3 seconds.
Generating an output of 335bhp and maximum torque of 450Nm, the 3.0-litre six-cylinder in-line petrol engine enables the new BMW 640i Gran Turismo to accelerate to 100km/h from rest in 5.4 seconds, while the new BMW 640i xDrive Gran Turismo is a tick faster at 5.3 seconds.
The 3.0-litre six-cylinder in-line diesel engine producing 261bhp and peak torque of 620Nm can likewise be combined with all-wheel drive as an option. The new BMW 630d Gran Turismo and the new BMW 630d xDrive Gran Turismo race from 0-100km/h in 6.1 seconds and six seconds, respectively.
The new BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo will make its public debut at Frankfurt’s International Motor Show in September 2017. The market launch will then get underway in November 2017, when there will initially be a choice of three engines from the BMW Group’s latest generation of power units. The BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system will also be available for two model variants from launch.