Better get used to the idea that BMW did give up on the 5 Series GT just to bring to market the 6 Series GT as a larger, more expensive sedan-hatchback.
We’ve seen controversial BMW models – remember the Bangle era? – but even the controversial designer didn’t come up with the idea for a 5 Series Gran Turismo. And because when you create a new segment there’s always the chance that it will catch up to clients, the 5 Series GT has been retired just to make way for a larger, posher and of course more expensive 6 Series version. The model premiered back in June, but now BMW has decided to give us another, extended, look at a 640i xDrive version.
Thanks to the dimensional increase, the new 6 Series GT has had space to resolve some of the quirks of its predecessor – no one will call it a looker but at least it’s not coming from Mars via an impact with the ISS (International Space Station). In case you did the math and decided you want the new 6 Series GT to display some sporty skills, the M Performance parts are readily available, as BMW makes sure to show us. The 6 Series GT can be had with a six-cylinder 3.0-liter engine and a pair of turbochargers to out 335 horsepower (250 kilowatts) and 332 pound-feet (450 Newton-meters) in RWD and xDrive and in Europe also as a 640d variant, exclusively with xDrive and with a generous 3.0-liter diesel delivering 315 hp (235 kW) and a copious 501 lb-ft (680 Nm) torque.