Finally, after a long series of rumors, the BMW has officially unveiled the new 6 Series Gran Cabrio; it will go on sale in June and will be a rival for the Audi A7 Sportback and Mercedes-Benz CLS.
BMW says the aim was to create ‘the proportions of a classic grand tourer coupe’ blended with the room and easy access of an executive saloon.
The new four-door coupe ( a first for BMW ), can been seen as an upscale 5 Series sedan, with the stylistic imprint of the sexy 6 Series Coupe and yet, with the rear doors (and rear legroom) some clients cannot live without.
Based on the new 6 Series Coupe, the 2013 6 Series Gran Coupe is over 5 meters long (113mm longer than the big 6), can accommodate 4 persons, and will be offered in three variants including 640i, 650i and 650i xDrive.
At the front-end, the car looks almost identical to the 6 Series coupe — minor changes to the bumpers are the only real difference.
Inside, the four-door coupe comes with acres of leather and other creature comforts to pamper its occupants. iDrive, rear seat entertainment package etc. would also be on offer. However, while the center console runs through the cabin, it still leaves space for a fifth ‘jump seat’ between the two rear seats – having this additional seat is a canny move by BMW, as some buyers eschew strict four-seaters.
So it looks decent, despite the stretch, should handle well and gets lots of toys. — BMW ConnectedDrive, Surround View, a rear-view camera, Parking Assistant, night vision with pedestrian recognition, lane departure warning system, blind spot detection, and BMW’s head-up display will all be available in the Gran Coupe. Adaptive LED headlights also join the party, with low and high beam LED lights, parking lights, and daytime running lights, each adjusting to steering angle and yaw rate to maximize line-of-sight visibility around each corner.
6 Series Gran Coupe engines
Under the hood, three engines are available. The range-topper is the 650i Gran Coupe with its twin turbo 4.5 liter V8 with 444bhp and 479lb/ft. of torque. That’s enough to scoot the Gran Coupe to 62mph in 4.6 seconds yet still manages emissions of 206g/km and combined economy of 32.1mpg. But it won’t be the big seller.
The 640i uses the same single-turbo inline-six from the similarly named coupe and convertible, with output measuring 315 hp and 330 lb-ft of torque.
On the diesel front, the only option is the 640d, powered by a 313 hp 3.0-liter engine that doesn’t look to be coming to the US.
The only transmission mentioned is the ZF eight speed automatic. That to is not surprising given the target demographics for this car. BMW describes this as the ’8-speed Sport Automatic Transmission’ and paddle shifters on the steering wheel will allow manual selection of the gears.
The new BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe is built alongside its other 6 Series siblings at the BMW plant in Dingolfing, Germany. It is expected to start at £61,380 for the 640i SE (£1815 more than the equivalent Coupe model) and rise to £75,130 for the 650i M Sport. (UK)