BMW premieres the 6 Series Gran Turismo – goodbye 5 Series GT [Live Frankfurt update] image

While everyone is awaiting for the arrival of the flagship 8 Series and there are all sorts of rumors about the demise of the 6 Series, BMW gives us a surprise and reinforces the family with the addition of a new body style.

Meet the five-door Gran Turismo 6 Series, which is effectively becoming the successor of the slow-selling and odd-looking 5 Series GT, with the manufacturer hoping the larger stance of the 6 Series will be more accommodating for the liftgate body style. The new GT will become available this year, as a singular model – in the United States – in the range-topping 640i xDrive configuration and motivated by the well-known 3.0-liter biturbo six with 335 horsepower. “The all-new BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo is geared towards discerning customers who place great importance on individuality,” said Adrian van Hooydonk, BMW’s senior vice president of group design. “The raised seating position ensures an imperious brand of driving pleasure, and the luxurious levels of space provide everything you need for a relaxing journey.”

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The introduction of the fifth door comes with electric operation, with more space available for the backseat and the boot. It’s also a very large car, 5,091mm (16.7 feet) long, with a 610-liter/21.5 cubic-foot trunk. The 640i GT is rated at 335 hp and 450 Nm (332 lb-ft) of torque, packing a standard 8-speed automatic gearbox and air suspension for the rear axle, and there’s even a Dynamic Handling Package option with adaptive dampers. It costs from $69,700 in America. Meanwhile, in Europe there are more options to choose from. The base is the 630i, with a 2.0-liter and 258 PS and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque, while the diesel side is represented by the 630d, going for 265 PS and 620 Nm (457 lb-ft) of torque.

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The 6 Series GT is going to be choke full of technologies – the Active Driving Assistant has cameras, radars, and other sensors to work in relationship with a variety of safety systems including blind spot detection, lane departure warning, collision warning, and cross-traffic alert. The optional Driving Assistant Plus package adds active responses such as auto braking, active cruise control, and lane keeping assist. The 640i xDrive GT might need them all, since it’s capable of sprinting to 60 mph in just 5.1 seconds.