The six-cylinder version of BMW’s 6-series Gran Coupe is offered with a price tag of $76,895 (inclusive of shipping charges). BMW of North America will start selling this model this summer. Its global debut will be this March at the Geneva Motor Show while it will be seen at the New York auto show this April.
Powering the 2013 640i Gran Coupe is a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder that has a rating of around 315 hp and 330 lb-ft of torque. Later this year, BMW will introduce the 650i Gran Coupe, which comes with a turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 that delivers around 445 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque.
In addition, BMW will present an xDrive all-wheel-drive version of the 650i Gran Coupe. The pricing details for this model will be revealed at a later date. The Gran Coupe is a four-door version of the 6-series coupe but is a bit longer.
Its revisions compared to the two-door 6-series consist of a longer roof structure, shorter front doors, bigger B-pillars and the use of front-hinged rear doors. However, all four doors are frameless in order to maintain its coupelike style. The 6-series Gran Coupe is 197.1 inches long, 74.6 inches wide, and 54.8 inches tall. This means that compared to the 6-series coupe, it has the same width but it is 4.4 inches longer, and is higher by slightly more an inch.
But even if it is linked stylistically to BMW's upmarket two-door models, it is built on an altered platform that has a 4.5-inch longer wheelbase at 116.9 inches – making it nearly the same as the 5-series sedan. The interior boasts ample seating for four adults by utilizing its added length and height.
Its rear seat offers a third three-point belt to accommodate as many as five occupants. BMW refers to this layout as 4+1. Visibility is improved as its front and rear seats are mounted a bit higher than in the 6-series coupe and convertible. Its trunk space measures 16.2 cubic feet or about 2.1 cubic feet smaller than in the 5-series sedan.
BMW’s 6-Series Gran Coupe is a representation of unusual synergy and extraordinary aesthetics, boasting dynamics that is typical of a Coupe and a functional versatility that you normally get from a four-door vehicle. The 6-Series Gran Coupe has a length of 5,007 millimeters, a width of 1,894 millimeters, and a height of 1,392 millimeters.
It has proportions that are unmistakably BMW, from its long bonnet with bold contours, to its set-back passenger compartment, to its elegant extended wheelbase, which measures 2,968 millimeters. The 6-Series Gran Coupe has undoubtedly set new standards in aesthetic design for 4-door vehicles, as seen in the car’s low height and in its flat roofline, which flows smoothly into the rear end.
Chrome elements that are unique to the BMW Gran Coupe can be seen at the front, separating the air intake and the fog lights, as well as underlining the car’s look of firm resolve. Moreover, the car has dual Xenon round headlights that feature 3D LED rings, creating a functional and unique light architecture for night-time driving. It also has optional Adaptive LED Headlights, which make the light rings slightly flat at its top and bottom. Additionally, high beam and low beam are created by the LED units, which are positioned on horizontal ribs across each light ring and which project light on the reflectors that face them.
Looking at the car’s side profile, you will see its impressive and graceful lines. The recessed passenger compartment looks low and smoothly stretched due to the window silhouette extending deep into the car’s C-pillar. Moreover, the frameless door windows are a distinctive characteristic of a sporty Coupe. The elongated side windows also optimize the incidence of light, enhancing the sense of interior spaciousness. There’s also the characteristic Hofmeister kink, which flows into the C-pillar and encompasses the embossed "Gran Coupe" sign behind the glass rear windows’ lower corners.
You will also see and experience the car’s powerful and dynamic elegance in its visually low center of gravity, as well as in its V-shaped rear lines. Yet another distinctive 6-Series Gran Coupe design feature is a third brake light, which stretches along the whole width of the car’s rear window and which forms the top edge of the car.