BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe officially unveiled

2012 BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe - 10.12.2011
2012 BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe - 10.12.2011

Targets the Mercedes CLS

BMW has officially unveiled the 6-Series Gran Coupe.

Designed to battle the Mercedes CLS, the sedan measures 4.4 inches (111 mm) longer than the 6-Series Coupe. The exterior styling is instantly recognizable but highlights include xenon headlights and 18-inch alloy wheels.

Inside, the cabin is luxuriously appointed with Dakota leather, heated front seats and dual-zone automatic climate control. There's also a "4+1" seating arrangement and a boot that holds 460 liters (16.2 cubic feet) of luggage. Options include ceramic accents, GPS navigation and a Bang & Olufsen audio system.

Under the hood, three engines are available. The 640i has a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six with 320 PS (235 kW / 315 hp) and 450 Nm (332 lb-ft) of torque. It enables the car to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 5.4 seconds and hit a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph).

The 650i uses a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 with 450 PS (330 kW / 443 hp) and 650 Nm (479 lb-ft) of torque. This allows the car to run from 0-100 km/h in 4.6 seconds, before topping out at 250 km/h (155 mph).

Lastly, the 640d has a 3.0-liter diesel engine with 313 PS (230 kW / 309 hp) and 630 Nm (465 lb-ft) of torque. Despite having the least powerful engine in the lineup, the car offers respectable performance as the dash to 100 km/h takes 5.4 seconds and the top speed is 250 km/h (155 mph).

Regardless of what engine is selected, it is connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is optional on the 650i.

Source: BMW

Moving elegance. The BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe.

Munich. The presentation of the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe sees BMW venturing into a new vehicle segment once again. The third model in the BMW 6 Series line-up follows in the tyre tracks of the Convertible and Coupe, and is the first four-door Coupe in the history of the brand. The athletic elegance of the car's design makes it a particularly handsome addition to the range. Powerful engines and sophisticated chassis technology combine to produce an impressively dynamic driving experience. And the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe also makes its mark with exclusive equipment features and a level of practicality unmatched by its premium four-door Coupe rivals.

At a glance.
BMW demonstrates its ongoing commitment to broadening the diversity of its model range with the presentation, for the first time, of a four-door Coupe based on the BMW 6 Series; BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe sets new benchmark in the top-class premium segment in terms of aesthetics, emotionality and modernity.

Unique combination of sporty driving pleasure, elegant design, exclusive interior ambience, travel comfort and practicality; the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe displays an - in some areas - significant step forwards in terms of design harmony, performance, equipment, practicality and integration; high-quality interior with generous levels of space and impressive seating comfort; third rear seat (4+1-seater); length: 5,007 millimetres, wheelbase: 2,968 millimetres; split/folding rear seat backrests allow boot capacity to increase from 460 litres to 1,265 litres.

Building on the aesthetically pleasing styling of the BMW 6 Series, the design of the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe showcases its distinctive character; strikingly low-slung appearance.

Front-end design points to BMW 6 Series identity, individual character embodied by model-specific electroplated bars between the air intake and foglamps; twin round headlights with three-dimensional light rings, optional adaptive LED headlights; distinctive silhouette with flowing Coupe-style roof line and elegant take on the Hofmeister kink, complete with "Gran Coupe" lettering on the C-pillar; eye-catching rear emphasises the width of the car; LED rear lights in an L-shape - like the BMW 6 Series Coupe and BMW 6 Series Convertible; full-length third brake light above the rear window.

Exclusively appointed interior with driver-focused cockpit; door panels flow into one another seamlessly, providing a harmonious connection all the way from the instrument panel to the rear compartment; flatscreen Control Display; comfort-oriented rear seat backrest angle; seating position slightly higher than in the BMW 6 Series Coupe and BMW 6 Series Convertible.

Engines with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology; BMW 640i Gran Coupe with six-cylinder in-line petrol engine (235 kW/320 hp), twin-scroll turbocharging, direct injection and VALVETRONIC, and BMW 640d Gran Coupe (230 kW/313 hp) with variable sequential turbocharging and common-rail direct injection available from launch; flagship BMW 650i Gran Coupe with new eight-cylinder engine (330 kW/450 hp), two turbochargers, direct injection and VALVETRONIC to be added to the line-up; all model variants fitted as standard with an eight-speed sports automatic transmission and Driving Experience Control switch; BMW EfficientDynamics measures unmatched in the segment - including Auto Start-Stop function and ECO PRO mode - come as standard with all engine variants.

State-of-the-art chassis technology including Electric Power Steering and Dynamic Damper Control as standard; Integral Active Steering and Adaptive Drive available as an option; BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive available from launch of the BMW 650i Gran Coupe.

Intelligent lightweight design mirroring that of the BMW 6 Series Coupe and BMW 6 Series Convertible: aluminium doors with frameless side windows, aluminium bonnet, chassis technology including spring supports made largely from aluminium, thermoplastic front side panels, glass fibre composite boot lid.

High-quality and extensive standard equipment includes eight-speed sports automatic transmission, Auto Start-Stop function, Dynamic Damper Control, Servotronic, 18-inch light-alloy wheels, xenon headlights with LED daytime running light rings, cruise control with braking function, electrically operated, automatically folding and heated exterior mirrors, Dakota leather upholstery and heated front seats, electric seat adjustment with memory function for the driver and front passenger, 2-zone automatic climate control with extended features, automatically dimming exterior and rear-view mirrors, electric steering wheel adjustment, and the Radio Professional with HiFi loudspeaker system and USB audio interface.

Unrivalled range of BMW ConnectedDrive products, including BMW Parking Assistant, Speed Limit Info, camera-based Collision Warning with braking function (in conjunction with Active Cruise Control) and latest-generation BMW Head-Up Display; exclusive options list includes a Bang & Olufsen High-End Surround Sound System, comfort seats and sports seats, active seats, seat ventilation, Exclusive Nappa leather, ceramic applications, heated rear seats and 4-zone automatic climate control; extensive range of model-specific BMW Individual features and M Sport package available from launch.

Model variants:
BMW 650i Gran Coupe (BMW 650i xDrive Gran Coupe) :
V8 petrol engine, BMW TwinPower Turbo technology with two turbochargers and High Precision Direct Petrol Injection, VALVETRONIC.
Displacement: 4,395 cc, output: 330 kW/450 hp at 5,500 - 6 000 rpm,
max. torque: 650 Nm / 479 lb-ft at 2,000 - 4,500 rpm.
Acceleration [0 - 100 km/h / 62 mph]: 4.6 seconds (4.5 seconds),
top speed: 250 km/h /155 mph.
Average fuel consumption*: 8.6 - 8.8 (9.2 - 9.4) litres per 100 kilometres / 32.1 - 32.9 (30.1 - 30.7) mpg imp,
CO2 emissions*: 199 - 206 g/km (215 - 219 g/km), exhaust standard: EU5.

BMW 640i Gran Coupe: Six-cylinder in-line petrol engine,
BMW TwinPower Turbo technology with twin-scroll turbocharging,
High Precision Direct Petrol Injection and VALVETRONIC.
Displacement: 2,979 cc, output: 235 kW/320 hp at 5,800 - 6 000 rpm,
max. torque: 450 Nm (332 lb-ft) at 1,300 - 4,500 rpm.
Acceleration [0 - 100 km/h / 62 mph]: 5.4 seconds,
top speed: 250 km/h (155 mph).
Average fuel consumption*: 7.7 - 7.9 litres per 100 kilometres (35.8 -
36.2 mpg imp),
CO2 emissions*: 179 - 183 g/km, exhaust standard: EU5.

BMW 640d Gran Coupe: Six-cylinder in-line diesel engine,
BMW TwinPower Turbo technology with two-stage turbocharging and common-rail direct injection.
Displacement: 2,993 cc, output: 230 kW/313 hp at 4,400 rpm,
max. torque: 630 Nm (465 lb-ft) at 1,500 - 2,500 rpm.
Acceleration [0 - 100 km/h / 62 mph]: 5.4 seconds,
top speed: 250 km/h (155 mph),
Average fuel consumption*: 5.5 - 5.7 litres per 100 kilometres (49.6 -
50.4 mpg imp),
CO2 emissions*: 146 - 149 g/km, exhaust standard: EU5.

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mdreiguy mdreiguy
Dec 15th, 2011 6:10am
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SimplyMerc SimplyMerc
Well... This car certainly looks cool although BMW is a little late to launch this 4-door coupe after MB & Audi. It has a fresh and athletic stance. But I'm still gonna go for CLS since it's the first of its kind and it simply looks more of a coupe then that of 6 Gran Coupe.
Dec 13th, 2011 9:21pm
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Han Solo Han Solo
Dear God...thanks for making my dreams come true... Now...please make me super rich so that I can actually afford this masterpiece...This is probably the best car made ever...it is like the King of Cars...the Apex Predator of the Automotive Planet...all hail the Supreme Commander...
Dec 13th, 2011 12:41pm
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Grey Grey
its an attractive car but it doesnt have the iconic presence that the original CLS have. If you look at just the middle part it looks exactly like a 5 series with the long nose and sporty tail of the 6 series coupe.
Dec 13th, 2011 3:41am
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radmeister radmeister
How is this a Coupe? I'd get it over the 5 series because of the interior layout, but i'd never consider this any kind of coupe. The normal 2 door is a coupe, this is a 5 series with the front and rear of a 6. I'd just wait for the RS7 though, or get the CLS63...Its a nice car, but something you kind of skip over. Nothing revolutionary and it seems like you pointlessly lose head room in the back just so they can attempt at calling it a coupe...
Dec 12th, 2011 7:38pm
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progressive progressive
For me 640i is just wright
Dec 12th, 2011 7:28pm
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JakCampbel JakCampbel
Gran... what?? That's not a COUPE!!
Dec 12th, 2011 1:24pm
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AJSmyth AJSmyth
YAWN..................... I ALMOST FELL ASLEEP LOOKING AT THIS BLAND CAR. I almost thought this interior was some kind of joke. BMW takes a very very distant 3rd place behind the A7 and CLS.......
Dec 12th, 2011 1:25am
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Ness7 Ness7
Some here really have NO IDEA what they are talking about! How on earth can an Audi (VW) A7 can come close to this PURE BEAUTY! You can now only say that a Merc CLS has a really really serious competitor eventhoug this 6 Series Gran Coupe Wins in terms of design. GET REAL FANBOYS! (p.s. I'm not fanboy of any car but I just like Mercedes more).
Dec 11th, 2011 8:14pm
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schizo schizo
I'd take this over a 5 Series Sedan anyday!!!! But seriously a "4 dr coupe" this is no way near. The current Hyundai Sonata looks more like a 4 dr. coupe than this. This is just a dandified 5 series sedan whose rear profile makes it look like the Jaguars of yore. BTW how the hell is this a 4+1? Who do you expect to sit in the middle of the rear seat? A prostitute?
Dec 11th, 2011 6:03pm
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nice car
Dec 11th, 2011 5:56pm
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karankapur karankapur
In looks it comes 3rd , 1st is A7 n close 2nd cls , in interiors it comes 2nd , 1st A7 and 3rd cls , in equipment it would be 1st coz am sure it will get all the goodies from 6 and 7 series and close 2nd is A7 and far 3rd is cls , Mercedes give no equipment compared to Audi n BMW .......... And without doubt it will b the best car to drive of this lot ...........but am sure it will b Iil more expensive than bout A7 n cls .............all in all does look that spl , which is the most important thing in this segment !!!!
Dec 11th, 2011 3:26pm
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gasgorth gasgorth
Now Mercedes has a serious competitor ... Not the silly face Volkswagen A7 :P
Dec 11th, 2011 3:15pm
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german_car_fan german_car_fan
The audi a7 is built on its the same platform as the a6 which is on its OWN platform. it has nothing to do with VW.
Dec 11th, 2011 11:10pm
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AJSmyth AJSmyth
"Now Mercedes has a serious competitor".......... Surely your not referring to this boring vehicle.
Dec 12th, 2011 7:11am
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Han Solo Han Solo
'Boring'...this is by far the best looking BMW ever...probably the best looking Car ever... All hail the king....
Dec 13th, 2011 12:37pm
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swifthead swifthead
will it be available in 660i...so V12 6.0L twin turbo?
Dec 11th, 2011 3:04pm
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N20_Purge N20_Purge
Looks really sleek. This has got to be my personal favorite car in the 4 door coupe class.
Dec 11th, 2011 2:35pm
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SeanTay SeanTay
IMO they did a very good job in adding 2 without spoiling the shape. However looking at this car makes me recall the CS Concept. And that cars exciting looks and visual presence is something this new safer design cannot pull off.
Dec 11th, 2011 2:16pm
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Prestige15 Prestige15
I'll take the CLS instead (if i win a lottery) CLS started this whole 4door coupe thing, A7 couldnt get close to it and neither would this. Im starting to see the CLS everywhere now days and twice i seen the AMG version more then the A7 despite the A7 being cheaper. If Jaguar ever come around on making a 4door XK coupe or Maserati a 4door Quattroporte coupe (Dont think they'll ever would) then that would propable be a proper competitor to the CLS Each of their own i guess.
Dec 11th, 2011 1:25pm
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Mister Stig Mister Stig
First (modern) 4 door coupe was the Mazda RX8. (A REAL coupe, with 4 doors - not a low roofed saloon car. Then came the CLS, a few years later......
Dec 12th, 2011 3:54pm
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Prestige15 Prestige15
Oh yeh i compleatly forgot about the Mazda, My bad :O
Dec 15th, 2011 12:53am
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Speedoholic Speedoholic
I'd take this over its competitors from Audi and Mercedes. HOT!!!
Dec 11th, 2011 12:33pm
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benzboy benzboy
I would love the interior, if I were a Pimp in the 1970's. This is no competition for the CLS.
Dec 11th, 2011 12:33pm
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Much better than Audi A7 and Aston Martin Rapide
Dec 11th, 2011 11:57am
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Miro-E92 Miro-E92
Better than an Aston Martin Rapide?.... Time to go get those eyes checked again
Dec 11th, 2011 8:18pm
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The should call it Gran salon. It is a 6 series with an extra 2 doors. Nither this and the Panamera look like a coupe. oh forgot the A7 also.
Dec 11th, 2011 11:03am
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