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BMW shows four-door Gran Coupe

2011-12-13 09:01

BMW breaks into new territory with the addition of a third model to its 6 Series line-up – a four-door Gran Coupe. Will it send Mercedes-Benz’s CLS, the original “four-door coupe”, running scared?

Following the launch of BMW’s new 6 Series Coupe and Convertible earlier in 2011, Munich has revealed the next in a growing list of niche models and the automaker’s first four-door coupe ever.

The Gran Coupe takes the distinctive design profile of a Coupe and melds it into something, BMW says, with a level of practicality not seen before in the premium four-door Coupe segment populated mainly by the CLS and the recently-introduced Audi A7 Sportback.

But typically BMW, its interpretation of this three-box design is low-slung with a long wheelbase, short overhangs, a low roofline and a passenger compartment set relatively far back.

STYLE AND LUXURY

The automaker describes the interior as driver focused but generous enough to allow passengers to travel in a “stylish and luxurious ambience”.

BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe

SUMPTUOUS: The leather-clad cabin oozes style and luxury for the driver and its passengers.

The Gran Coupe’s wheelbase is 114mm longer than the standard 6 Series wheelbase which allows more legroom for rear passengers and folding rear seat backrests to increase the loading space from 460 to 1265 litres. Rather ambitiously, perhaps, it also seats five.

As for its power sources, a range of TwinPower turbo engines feature in the four-door’s line-up, including a 235kW straight-six petrol engine in the 640i, a 230kW straight-six diesel engine in the 640d and a 330kW twin-turbo V8 petrol that make an appearance when the 650i is added to the range at a later stage.

All the engines will be mated to an eight-speed sports automatic transmission with standard auto start-stop function and Eco Pro mode to help reduce fuel consumption.

BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe

TURBO CHARGE: A range of TwinPower turbocharged engines will power the 6 Series Gran Coupe, including a twin-turbo V8 for the range-topper that follows a little later.

The all-new eight-cylinder will also include BMW’s Valvetronic variable valve timing, while the 650i will be fitted with the automaker’s xDrive all-wheel drive system.

EQUIPMENT

The Gran Coupe’s chassis technology includes a double-wishbone front and an integral rear axle, electric power steering and a performance braking system, along with standard dynamic damper control.

Additionally, standard comfort equipment includes power leather seats, climate control, xenon headlamps, 18” alloys and auto-dimming exterior and rear-view mirrors.

Options include adaptive LED headlights, a Bang and Olufsen surround sound system, an M Sport package and options from BMW Individual.

BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe

CRUISE CONTROL: BMW's 6 Series Gran Coupe twirls into South Africa in 2012.

Driver aids include parking assist, collision warning with braking function, lane change and lane departure warnings, high-beam assist and night vision with pedestrian recognition.

The 6 Series Gran Coupe will be built alongside the 6 Series Coupe and Convertible, and 5 and 7 Series sedans at BMW’s Dingolfing plant.

It will go on sale in South Africa in the second quarter of 2012.

Comments
  • Españyol - 2011-12-13 09:47

    Beauty!!

  • christo.stone - 2011-12-13 09:52

    It sure is a looker, but I'd still prefer the CLS :)

      Achmad - 2011-12-15 13:07

      CLS looks to much like the Ford Falcon. Merc did a great cpy of that concept. This BM looks swishhhhh - like Kiera Knightly on wheels.

      Sean - 2011-12-22 12:48

      The NEW CLS is the BOMB!! Much better looking. Yeah old CLS had the Falcon rear end! The new is in a different class

  • rodney.scholtz - 2011-12-13 09:59

    Fact remains Mercdes-Benz pioneered the 4dr coupe CLS concept and had the courage to bring it market. BMW; however nice it may be with all it's bling..is still following...although an attractive car, it would not be in existance without the CLS. BMW designers it seems, need perception engineering. In short, they need me.

      mike.oosthuyzen - 2011-12-13 12:48

      Well by your reasoning nothing could compare to Ford then???

      kevin.grinaker - 2011-12-14 09:31

      Well, I wonder what the Ford Sierra back in the 70's was then, or the Citroen Pallas from the 50's, or even later, the Ford Falcon. Mercedes did not pioneer the 4 door coupé concept at all, they just introduced it into a recognised, snob appeal, brand.

      Frank - 2011-12-15 09:47

      completely agree kev...

  • stoan - 2011-12-13 10:10

    That thing looks like a shoe a pimp would wear.

  • Richard - 2011-12-13 12:03

    Wonder if it will have as much "success" as the 5-Series GT... Looks good though, makes the 6 series' proportions look right...

      chezlin.albrecht - 2011-12-14 22:50

      i think this model would be the replacement of the 5series GT..

  • kpmaditsi - 2011-12-13 13:37

    Breathe taking machine........

  • Molefe - 2011-12-13 16:10

    Mercedes Benz all the way they are always setting the pace and the rest follows.Nice car but I would rather own a Merc CLS.

  • Frank - 2011-12-15 09:49

    looks good,i think all three germans have done well in this segment.

  • steve.dupreez - 2011-12-15 12:05

    Left kidney for sale or exchange for new BMW 6 Grabd Coupe :) Damn this is a beaut!!!

  • Kwashic - 2011-12-15 17:46

    W24! dont squish the photos....cant tell if she is a beauty or not if you squeeze the images!

  • pvuuren - 2011-12-19 08:56

    too much buttons, and they call it "Driving" Pleasure? more like xbox/ps3/nintendo- Pleasure. besides they're copying Cls, should've kept the 5-Gt

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