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The presentation of the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe sees BMW follow Mercedes-Benz and Audi into the larger premium 4-door 'coupe' market segment. The third body style in the BMW 6 Series line-up follows the Convertible and Coupe, and is the first four-door Coupe in BMW's history. The elegance of the car’s design makes it a handsome addition to the range. Powerful engines and sophisticated chassis technology combine to produce a dynamic driving experience. And the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe also makes its mark with exclusive equipment features and a level of practicality to rival its premium four-door Coupe competitors.

The design

The BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe integrates the looks and dynamics of a Coupe into a new model with a fascination all of its own. The proportions of this new BMW reveal a low-slung, sporty package but with four-door convenience. It is a fresh interpretation of the three-box design: a sweeping, powerfully contoured bonnet, a long wheelbase – giving the car an elegantly stretched appearance – and a distinctive set-back passenger compartment. In addition, its low height and a roof line that flows in a shallow arc into the rear allow the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe to set a new look for four-door cars.

The design of the interior provides a harmonious link between the front seats and the rear, and embodies the combination of elegance and dynamics. The driver-focused cockpit, front passenger area bordered by sweeping surfaces and generously sized rear compartment combine joy in the car’s dynamic potential with travel comfort amid a stylish and luxurious ambience. The BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe comes with 4+1 seats, while a 113-millimetre longer wheelbase than the BMW 6 Series Coupe allows it to offer a noticeable increase in legroom for the rear passengers. Plus, a through-loading facility and folding rear seat backrests give a further boost to practicality and increase boot capacity from 460 litres to 1,265 litres.


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The driving experience

The BMW TwinPower Turbo engines available for the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe excel in sportiness and efficiency. The six-cylinder in-line petrol engine in the BMW 640i Gran Coupe develops 235 kW (320 hp), while the straight-six diesel powering the BMW 640d Gran Coupe serves up 230 kW (313 hp). The 'icing on the cake' of the model range will be provided by the BMW 650i Gran Coupe and its 330 kW (450 hp) V8 power plant. The BMW TwinPower Turbo technology of the new-generation eight-cylinder unit now also includes VALVETRONIC fully variable valve timing. All the engine variants work in tandem with an eight-speed sports automatic transmission, while measures such as the Auto Start-Stop function and ECO PRO mode – activated using the Driving Experience Control switch – help to reduce fuel consumption. The BMW 650i Gran Coupe will also be available with BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive.

The chassis technology built into the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe includes a double-wishbone front axle, an integral rear axle, Electric Power Steering and a high-performance braking system. Plus, the Servotronic function and Dynamic Damper Control both also come as standard. Among the items on the options list are Integral Active Steering and the Adaptive Drive system.


As well as the eight-speed sports automatic transmission and Dynamic Damper Control, the range of standard equipment awaiting BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe customers in Germany includes electrically adjustable leather seats, 2-zone automatic climate control, xenon headlights, 18-inch light-alloy wheels, the Radio Professional with HiFi loudspeaker system, and automatically dimming exterior and rear-view mirrors. The selection of exclusive options, meanwhile, allows customers to add their own individual touch. Highlights of the optional equipment range include adaptive LED headlights and the Bang & Olufsen High-End Surround Sound System. Added to which, a bespoke M Sport package and options from BMW Individual developed exclusively for the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe will be offered from launch.

The line-up of driver assistance systems and mobility services from BMW ConnectedDrive includes BMW Parking Assistant, Surround View, Collision Warning with braking function (in conjunction with Active Cruise Control), Lane Change Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Speed Limit Info, the anti-dazzle High-Beam Assistant, BMW Night Vision with pedestrian recognition and the BMW Head-Up Display.

Production at BMW Plant Dingolfing

The BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe will be manufactured at BMW Plant Dingolfing alongside the 6 Series Coupe and Convertible, 5 Series and 7 Series.

Model variants:

BMW 650i Gran Coupe (BMW 650i xDrive Gran Coupe): V8 petrol engine, BMW TwinPower Turbo technology with two turbochargers and High Precision Direct Petrol Injection, VALVETRONIC. Displacement: 4,395 cc, output: 330 kW (450 hp) at 5,500 – 6 000 rpm, max. torque: 650 Nm (479 lb-ft) at 2,000 – 4,500 rpm. Acceleration 0 – 100 km/h (62 mph): 4.6 seconds (4.5 seconds), top speed: 250 km/h (155 mph). Average fuel consumption#: 8.6 – 8.8 (9.2 – 9.4) litres per 100 kilometres, CO2 emissions#: 199 – 206 g/km (215 – 219 g/km), exhaust standard: EU5.

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BMW 640i Gran Coupe: Six-cylinder in-line petrol engine, BMW TwinPower Turbo technology with twin-scroll turbocharging, High Precision Direct Petrol Injection and VALVETRONIC. Displacement: 2,979 cc, output: 235 kW (320 hp) at 5,800 – 6 000 rpm, max. torque: 450 Nm (332 lb-ft) at 1,300 – 4,500 rpm. Acceleration 0 – 100 km/h (62 mph): 5.4 seconds, top speed: 250 km/h (155 mph). Average fuel consumption#: 7.7 – 7.9 litres per 100 kilometres (35.8 – 36.2 mpg imp), CO2 emissions#: 179 – 183 g/km, exhaust standard: EU5.

BMW 640d Gran Coupe: Six-cylinder in-line diesel engine, BMW TwinPower Turbo technology with two-stage turbocharging and common-rail direct injection. Displacement: 2,993 cc, output: 230 kW (313 hp) at 4,400 rpm, max. torque: 630 Nm (465 lb-ft) at 1,500 – 2,500 rpm. Acceleration 0 – 100 km/h (62 mph): 5.4 seconds, top speed: 250 km/h (155 mph), Average fuel consumption#: 5.5 – 5.7 litres per 100 kilometres (49.6 – 50.4 mpg imp), CO2 emissions#: 146 – 149 g/km, exhaust standard: EU5.

Stay tuned to Next Car for an announcement, in due course, regarding Australian availability, prices and specifications.

Note: # Figures according to EU test cycle and depending on tyre format; BMW 650i Gran Coupe: provisional figures.


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