BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe – A Sedan Designed as a Sports Coupe
Updated November 20, 2014
Back in 2004, Mercedes launched the sports sedan segment with the CLS. The popular style luxury car became a hot commodity since it combined a 2-door car with the space and comfort usually afforded by larger sedans. In the coming years Volkswagen hit the market with their CC, and Audi released a very sexy A7. Finally BMW entered the fray with their 6-Series Gran Coupe with an automobile that conjures up thoughts of a 4+1 sedan meaning it is possible to accommodate a fifth passenger for short trips but the inside will feel cramped. Instead the 6-Series Gran Coupe is more set-up for 4 adults.
The BMW Gran Coupe takes customization a bit further over the regular 6-Series with numerous details like: metallic flanges between the air intakes, LED headlights, and a stunning paint job. Completely redesigned, the interior reflects the elegance, sophistication and functionality specific to luxury sports models. Note the huge center console extending back and the large navigation screen dominating the interior of the car. The Gran Coupe powered by a couple of different engines that include a 3.0 liter (640i) turbocharged inline 6-cylinder making 300 horsepower, a 4.4 (650i) liter V-8 making 445 horsepower, and the big daddy M5 twin-turbo V-8 making 560 horsepower. Each engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The suspension also benefits from optional Variable Damping and Adaptive Drive with active roll.
Exterior and interior design
Aesthetics, sportiness, comfort and luxury travel were included in specifications designers for the first 4-door coupe of the brand. BMW even addressed athletic elegance with a longer wheelbase at 113 mm. Over 5 meters long, the Gran Coupe retains its elegance and never seems imposing. Thanks to a host of stylistic details that include the: shapely roofline at the rear, ornament of metallic air vents, LED headlights, frameless windows, and more; the Gran Coupe is a dead sexy automobile.
Inside the designers exploited the increased length with a center console extending to the rear seats. Slightly towards the driver, the central part of the dashboard is surmounted by a large navigation screen. The passenger seat is surrounded with elegant curves and as a whole; the driver’s cockpit is built for functionality and provides comfort. The rear doors open and the car does not feel confined like a Mercedes CLS. As for the front, rear occupants have a range of air conditioning controls and heated seats.
Chassis and engine
In this area, the first feat of BMW has been to transform the Gran Coupe Coupe in limiting the increase in weight around 187 lbs. The increased wheelbase promotes comfort and handling at high speed without compromising the dynamics of the car. The development focused on chassis and suspension settings consist of a front axle double oblique triangles and a multi-link axle at the rear. Some models come equipped with a limited slip differential on the rear wheels. The xDrive AWD system is available on the 650i model.
As for engines, the BMW 640 Gran Coupe is well served with an inline-6 twin turbo 3-liter 315 horsepower with the ability to get 30 MPG on the highway. The 650 gets a 4.4 liter twin turbocharged V-8 that makes 445 horsepower while netting 25 MPG on the highway. In both cases, the recent 8-speed automatic gearbox does wonders in making the most of the torque.
Driving the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe, we find the sensations Coupe while enjoying the same atmosphere, same luxury, and same ergonomic. In driving, the differences are not obvious between the coupe and the Gran Coupe. This is a tribute to the BMW engineers who were able to overcome a larger body and more weight. The technology provides an arsenal of high driving pleasure. Driving behavior is beyond the expectations of customers. No matter which model you choose; the BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe offers a high level of luxury and performance for the luxury car buyer. Prices range from $76,500 for the 640i Gran Coupe to $87,500 for the 650i Gran Coupe.
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