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12/12/11

BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe Debuts


Question: What happens when the engineers at BMW have a tug-of-war with a 6 Series coupe in the middle?

Answer: The car is stretched 4.4 inches, adds two doors and becomes the 6 Series Gran Coupe!

Filling a niche created by Mercedes with their CLS four-door coupe and recently joined by Audi with their gorgeous A7, BMW has unveiled their entry with the Gran Coupe. Adding a bit over 4 inches and two extra doors to the 6 Series works surprisingly well from an aesthetic standpoint. The 6er Gran Coupe is one nice looking sedan…er…coupe. BMW refers to the look as “athletic elegance”.

The 2013 640i Gran Coupe will be the first iteration to market in the early summer of 2012 with BMW’s familiar turbocharged inline 6 cylinder engine. Late summer will see the arrival of the 650i Gran Coupe and a turbocharged V8 motor. An all-wheel drive 650i xDrive will be available at this time as well. An 8-speed Sport Automatic Transmission will be standard in all models providing excellent sporting characteristics as well as aiding fuel efficiency.

The cosseting interior will be familiar to anyone with time in the current 6 Series, as the layout is essentially unchanged. Excellent fit-and-finish and a wide variety of color combinations are available, including BMW’s Individual program. The techno-geek will be in heaven as well, as the latest gadgetry is in attendance, including BMW’s new ConnectedDrive driver assistance systems and mobility services. This is an excellent environment in which to pass the miles in appropriate luxury and technology.

Production will take place at BMW’s largest plant in Dingolfing, Germany along with the other 6 Series models and also the 7 Series and 5 Series. Pricing has yet to be announced, but figure it to come in a notch above the current 6 Series Coupe models.