New BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo bigger, more frugal and more luxurious than predecessor
BMW has taken the wraps off the second generation BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo (GT), its large four-door coupe – don’t you dare call it a hatch!
The new 6 Series Gran Turismo is longer than the first generation model, offering occupants more cabin space whilst being up to 150kg lighter, depending on the model.
Inside, there’s a wealth of new safety and convenience technologies, including a revised iDrive infotainment system, which displays information on a huge 10.25inch colour screen. The updated iDrive system provides passengers with a choice of touch or gesture control, and owners can specify a heads up display, which has a projection area that is 70 per cent larger than the previous model.
Additionally, autonomous emergency braking is standard, there’s also adaptive cruise with stop/go functionality, lane departure warning and lane keep assist and there’s even a feature that stops drivers heading in the wrong direction down one way streets. Remote control parking is available as an option.
BMW has designed the 6 Series Gran Turismo for the professional who leads a busy lifestyle. As such, you can plan journeys before getting into the car, there’s full email capability and calendar management, too, and the car can even help you find street parking.
A number of engines will be offered: the 630i with a 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine that will produce 190 kW at 5,000 – 6,500 rpm and 400 Nm at 1,550 – 4,400 rpm. The 630i will sprint to 100km/h in 6.3 seconds. Combined fuel consumption is 6.6 – 6.2 l/100 km
The BMW 630d is powered by a 3.0 litre six-cylinder turbo diesel that develops 195 kW at 4,000 rpm and 620 Nm (457 lb-ft) at 2,000 – 2,500 rpm. The 630d is slightly quicker than the 630i to 100km/h completing the dash in 6.1 seconds. The 630d consumes 5.3 – 4.9 l/100 km.
The flagship model in the 6 Series Gran Tourer family, is the BMW 640i, which is powered by a 3.0 litre turbocharged inline six, that makes 250 kW at 5,500 – 6,500 rpm and 450 Nm at 1,380 – 5,200 rpm. 0-100 takes 5.3 seconds. Official combined fuel consumption for the 640i is 7.4 – 7.0 l/100 km
The 630i is rear wheel drive, while the other models are offered with BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive system. An eight-speed automatic is standard across the range.
Further information on Australian-bound models will be made available as it comes to hand.