2012 Geneva Motor Show: BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe looks better in the flesh

Article by Anita Panait, on March 7, 2012

Behold BMW’s latest addition to it 6 Series line – the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe. The latest addition to the 6 Series line features a four-dour structure that could carry up to five passengers. The BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe boasts of retaining the spectacular design and proportions as well as driving dynamics of the 6 Series Coupe while providing enough room for up to five passengers.

With its detailed lines and smooth curves, the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe is the ideal vehicle for any driver who hungers for a luxurious and sporty coupe yet considers a comfortable car that can transport four adults at ease.

The company will offer the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe as three distinct models in the USA: BMW 640i, 650i and 650i xDrive. The 2013 BMW 640i Gran Coupe is powered by a TwinPower Turbo 6-cylinder engine and will arrive in showrooms early this summer. The 2013 BMW 650i Gran Coupe, powered by a TwinPower Turbo V-8, and the all-wheel drive 2013 BMW 650i xDrive Gran Coupe, will be available in the country late in the summer.

BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe carries a dimension measuring 197 inches (5,007 mm) in length and 116.8 inches (2,968 mm) in wheelbase. This makes the Gran Coupe 4.4 inches (111 mm) longer than its two-door coupe sibling.  It was made longer so that the back seat could have more space for enhanced seating comfort.

The 6 Series Gran Coupe also carries a dimension of 74.6 inches (1,894 mm) in width and 54.8 inches (1,392 mm) in height. This makes the Gran Coupe 4.0 inches (102mm) longer, 1.3 inches (34mm) wider and 2.8 inches (72mm) lower than the BMW 550i.

BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe features a distinct merger of sporting dynamics, design and luxurious touring comfort. It also features a 16.24 cu. ft (460-liter) DIN luggage compartment. The BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe is installed with a range of innovative driver assistance systems as well as BMW ConnectedDrive infotainment features.

In describing the 6-Series Gran Coupe, BMW has managed to come up with a model that combines the functional versatility expected from a four-door car, the dynamics found in a standard Coupe, and excellent visuals. Looking at the dimensions, it is clear that this model is indeed from BMW. Overall length is 5,007 mm with width at 1,894 mm, and height at 1,392 mm. This is also clear from the long bonnet that carries the bold curves and the passenger compartment that has been set back.

Wheelbase is increased and is now at 2,968 mm. Truly this newest version of the 6-Series Gran Coupe brings with it new standards when it comes to four-door models and their aesthetic design. Proof of this is not only in the low height but in the roofline that, in addition to being flat, flows neatly to the rear section. A combination of the V-shaped and horizontal lines at the rear end plus the low center of gravity provides hints as to the dynamic elegance and power of this model.

A unique feature of the 6-Series Gran Coupe is that there is a third brake light and it is what shapes the top edge considering that it goes across the whole rear window’s width. Looking at it from the side, one is likely to be impressed with the elegant and low lines. While the door windows do not have frames, this is a design element one is likely to associate with a Coupe. That the window profile goes all the way to the C-pillar has resulted in the deep-set passenger compartment being smooth and low.

The elongated side windows are not only there for aesthetics as it has a function as well which is to maximize the incidence of light. This helps the interior have that feel of spaciousness. Then there is that trademarked Hofmeister curve that goes to the vehicle’s C-pillar and covers the “Gran Coupe” signature. This lettering has been embossed and placed at the back of the glass and just at the lower corners of the windows in the rear. This gives the 6-Series Gran Coupe its gracefulness and unique personality. On the front are elements that are in chrome and that divides the fog lights from the air intake.

While this helps highlight the fact that this model does have a firm resolve, this particular element is exclusive to this range. The low beams and the high beams are made possible with the use of the Xenon dual round headlights and fitted as a standard. Considering that this range is under BMW, the headlights have three-dimensional rings in LED that result in a functional and distinct light set-up, which makes driving at night all the more exciting.

Adaptive headlights, which also utilize LEDs, are made available as an option. In this case, they have light rings that are a bit flat at both the bottom and the top. Going back to the low and high beams, the LED units have been placed on the horizontal ribs in a way that they are across each of its light rings and thus are able to project the lights to the reflectors in front of them.

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