BMW has finally joined the four-door coupé genre, albeit fashionably late. The BMW 6-Series Gran Coupé will be the third model in the 6-Series line-up, after the Convertible and Coupé models.
The large coupé has all the hallmarks of an elegant, low slung tourer. BMW has successfully integrated styling elements on the 6-Series Coupé into a three-box design: a sweeping, powerfully contoured bonnet, a long wheelbase and a set-back passenger compartment.
At the front, chrome elements, unique to the Gran Coupé, separate the air intake from the fog lights. It also comes standard with Adaptive LED Headlights for low and high beams, with signature LED corona rings as daytime driving lights.
At the back, the sweeping roof line flows in a shallow arc to meet the booth, while frameless door windows reinforces that the car is no ordinary four-door sedan but a coupé.
Inside, the driver is cosseted by a driver-oriented cockpit, while the passengers luxuriate in fine comfy leather seats. When the M Sports package is optioned, the sports seats are upholstered in characteristic M Alcantara/Leather trim with blue contrasting seams. An M leather-clad steering wheel with multi-function buttons and shift paddles as well as interior trim strips in Aluminium Hexagon and doorsills boasting the M logo are also part of the package.
The Gran Coupé is 5,007mm long, with a wheelbase that is 113mm longer than the 6-Series Coupé’s and Convertible’s 2,968mm. Unlike most other four-door coupés, BMW’s latest addition has 4+1 seating arrangement, which provides a space for a third rear passenger, although with compromise in comfort and room.
Only the 640i will be brought into Australia at launch. It is powered by BMW’s straight six-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine displacing 3-litre. It generates 235kW of power between 5,800 to 6,000rpm and 450Nm of torque between 1,300 and 4,500rpm. This is enough to propel the sports coupé from standstill to 100km/h in 5.4 seconds, while averaging 7.9l/100km in fuel consumption. CO2 emission is 183g/km.
Efficiency is also aided by brake energy regeneration, electromechanical power steering, ancillary units that operate on demand, a disengage able air conditioning compressor as well as active air flap control to reduce drag.
The engine is paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission which comes with ECO PRO Mode and Auto Start Stop function.
Standard equipment is extensive. The 6-Series Grand Coupé features Comfort Access, electrically adjustable front sports seat with memory function, lumbar support and seat heating, Cruise Control with braking function, reversing camera, High Beam Assistant and Full Colour Head-Up Display.
Other premium features include a 9-speakers and 205 watt digital amplifier sound system, 4-zone climate control and park distance control.
Optional equipment is also just as extensive. Highlights include a 1,200-watt Bang & Olufsen High-End Surround Sound System, Lane Departure and Lane Change Warning Systems and Parking Assistant with surround and side view cameras.
There is also a M Sports package which includes an M aerodynamics package with specific car body components for the front end, side skirts and rear apron, dark chrome tailpipe trims, black brake callipers and 20-inch M light alloys with a double spoke design.
The 640i Gran Coupe rides on the standard 19” V Spoke 366 alloys wheels shod with Runflat Safety Tyres.
The all new 640i Gran Coupe will be in Australian showrooms from July priced from A$184,800, excluding on-road costs.