The New BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe

It’s a fact that BMW have always been real trend setters when it comes to vehicle design and innovation, but there’s one trend which I find quite interesting, and that is calling a four door car a coupe! It began with the X6 Coupe which we all know is a four door, and now it’s the 6 series’ turn to wear the “I’m a sedan but call me a coupe” name. From a marketing point of view, it’s got everyone talking, and I suppose that’s what it’s all about. Even Mercedes have jumped on the band-wagon.

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Anyway, regardless of the name, it would not deter me from owning one (however I think the price tag would). I think it’s one of the best looking sedans ever made by BMW. We all know the two door versions normally look better than their four door counterparts and this one actually looks like a two door version. It’s obvious why they call it a coupe; it looks so damn good!

I haven’t had the pleasure of driving one yet, but who cares? I mean, how bad can it be? It is from BMW; one of the best car manufacturers in the world. It has to drive brilliantly! Just reading the specifications is enough to start the heart pumping.

There are two versions you can buy here:

The 640i Gran Coupe has a 3.0 litre 6 cylinder turbocharged petrol engine with 235 kW of power and accelerates from 0 to 100km/h in 5.4 seconds. Would you believe the fuel economy is still an incredibly low 7.9 L/100kms. Amazing!

The 650i Gran Coupe has the beautiful 4.4 litre V8 engine. This engine has a whopping 330 kW of power and you’ll reach 0-100km/h in just 4.6 seconds!

These cars are packed with safety features as well as high efficiency systems to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. One real innovative feature is when the car is braking; the kinetic energy created is converted into electricity. How clever is that? Another is the auto stop-start function, where the engine will switch off once you come to a stop, like a traffic lights. When you take your foot off the brake, the engine will immediately re-start. This feature can definitely save a lot of fuel.

I think the 6 Series Gran Coupe is an incredible car with amazingly good looks but at a price of around $199,000 for the 640i and $256,000 for the 650i, I think it’s a bit overpriced. A similar (good looking) car at around half the price is the new 535i sedan; that’s what I would buy!

Regardless of the price, I’m sure they’ll be selling quite a few of these 6 Series Gran Sedans, oops, I mean Coupes.

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