BMW reveals 6 Series Gran Turismo, further dilutes coupe moniker

BMW reveals 6 Series Gran Turismo, further dilutes coupe moniker

The 640i Gran Turismo receives the latest evolution of BMW's turbocharged 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder petrol engine with 340bhp and 332lb ft, sufficient to provide the four-wheel-drive 6 Series xDrive GT with a 0-62mph time 5.3sec, a limited 155mph top speed along with combined fuel consumption of 36.7mpg and Carbon dioxide emissions of 177g/km.

The adoption of the 6 Series name for a replacement for the 5 GT is in line with the German auto maker's efforts to place greater emphasis on luxury at the upper end of its line-up.

According to BMW, the 640i xDrive GT can hit 60 miles per hour in just 5.1 seconds.

As you can tell from the images that come courtesy of i.wheelsage, there's nothing weird about the new 6-Series GT, with BMW giving it a much sleeker and more handsome shape than the vehicle it replaces - not that it was hard to achieve in the first place given the 5-Series GT's looks. Like the 540i xDrive, it's powered by a 3.0-liter straight-six that sends 335 hp to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

And while the clever (or over-engineered, depending on your perspective) twin boot arrangement of the 5 Series GT has been dropped in favour of a conventional hatchback, the 6 Series GT has greater practicality credentials in terms of outright space, as its 610-litre boot is 110 litres larger. These include upgraded active aerodynamics in the front grille, behind the front wheels, and at the rear of the auto. Claimed fuel economy on the combined cycle is 45.6mpg and Carbon dioxide emissions are put at 142g/km.

Being a modern BMW is a double-edged sword, however, so the options list is full of sophisticated, indulgent items.

The 6 Series Gran Turismo also offers a combination of optional four-wheel drive and active rear steering on variants at the top of the model range.

The 6-Series GT is the next step in BMW's rework of its 6-Series lineup.

The raised seating in the roomy rear cabin is indicative of the GT's people hauling identity.

Here we enter the realm of conjecture - though it's fair to say an increase over the outgoing 5 Series GT is certain. Lesser, more affordable models may be offered in due course, and BMW will unveil it at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

From our first glance at the luxury large hatch it's clear the 6 GT loses the old car's ugly, bulbous looks and will come with a sleeker profile.

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