Seeming to borrow heavily from the abandoned BMW CS concept introduced a few years ago, the Munich manufacturer has introduced the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe.
Based on the current 6 Series Coupe and Convertible, this new four-door model offers 4+1 seating and some very interesting lines that create dynamic proportions for a car aimed at the success of the Mercedes CLS.
The BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe will be offered as three distinct models in the USA. The TwinPower Turbo 6-cylinder powered 2013 BMW 640i Gran Coupe is the initial model and will arrive early this summer. Later in the summer, the TwinPower Turbo V8 powered 2013 BMW 650i Gran Coupe and all-wheel drive 2013 BMW 650i xDrive Gran Coupe will join the range.
The Gran Coupe, in keeping with the tradition of the 6 Series Coupe, offers a unique combination of top-class sporting dynamics, luxurious touring comfort and a capacious luggage compartment for four passengers.
Its unmistakable design language gives the new BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe a long, contoured hood, short front overhang and set-back passenger compartment, teamed with a 4.4 inch increase in body length over the 6 Series Coupe and a 4.5 inch longer wheelbase.
The Gran Coupe’s profile is dominated by its four-door, elegantly stretched roof-line which flows smoothly into the rear end.
The innovations in the new BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe also extend to lighting technology, in the shape of optional Adaptive LED Headlights. This technology is unparalleled in the segment and also allows the beam of the headlights to follow the curves of the road.
Other features that set the new car apart from its rivals are the BMW ConnectedDrive driver assistance systems and mobility services. The rear-view camera, Surround View, Parking Assistant, BMW Night Vision with pedestrian recognition, Lane Departure Warning System and Active Blind Spot Detection are joined on the list of available equipment items by the new generation of the BMW Head-Up-Display. The latest incarnation of the system uses a full spectrum of colors to display the information projected onto the windshield. The standard BMW iDrive control system is the operating portal for the navigation, communications and infotainment functions. The high definition, trans-reflective technology Control Display is centrally mounted high on the sweeping dash and emulates a freestanding flatscreen. Finally, the optional Bang & Olufsen High-End Surround Sound System provides a feast of aural pleasure seldom experienced inside a car.
The inline 6-cylinder engine (N55HP) in the new BMW 640i Gran Coupe will impress performance-minded drivers. The N55 has been setting standards from the start, as the pioneer of a new generation of engines in which BMW TwinPower Turbo technology with High Precision Direct Injection and Valvetronic variable valve timing plus a twin scroll turbo made its debut.
Thanks to intensive fine-tuning of the engine, BMW’s engineers have managed to extract additional performance from the engine while maintaining its exceptional fuel efficiency. With a maximum power rating of 315hp at 5,800-6,000rpm, the 3.0-liter 6-cylinder engine reflects the sporty personality of the BMW 640i Gran Coup. The peak torque of 330 lb-ft, on stream between 1,300-4,500rpm, ensures that the power is effortlessly delivered.
As a result, the 640i Gran Coupe can show off its prowess with a 0-62mph sprint time of just 5.4 seconds. Top speed is electronically governed at 155mph. All this extra performance comes with exceptional fuel economy and low emission figures. Fuel consumption in the EU test cycle is rated at 30.1mpg. EPA fuel economy ratings will be available closer to the on-sale date in the USA.
BMW’s widely lauded TwinPower Turbo V-8 engine is updated with more performance and more efficiency in the 650i Gran Coupe.
The 4.4-liter V-8 engine (N63) that powers the current 650i models receives an upgrade for the new 650i Gran Coupe. The unique “reverse-flow” engine, whose two turbochargers are positioned in the V-area between the cylinder banks is well known for producing an instantaneous and sustained wave of power, making it a delight for the enthusiast driver. This new version of the engine adds BMW’s variable valve timing to the list of specifications. As a result, the new version of the engine (N63Tü) develops a maximum 445hp between 5,500-6,000rpm (a 45hp increase), and makes peak torque of 480 lb-ft between 2,000-4,500rpm (a 30 lb-ft increase).
The new BMW 650i Gran Coupe completes the sprint from 0-62 mph in 4.6 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph. This engine also boasts extraordinary efficiency for a model in its output class. Its average fuel consumption lies between (26.7-27.3mpg), (provisional figures according to EU test cycle depending on tire options). EPA fuel economy ratings will be available closer to the on-sale date in summer 2012.
When the V8 is combined with the xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system, its power is converted into even more intense and dynamic acceleration. The electronically controlled power split between the front and rear wheels optimizes not only traction and stability, whatever the weather and road surface conditions may be, but also the agility of the Gran Coupe 650i xDrive Gran Coupe, whose sprint time from 0-62mph is just 4.5 seconds.