Published: Wed, June 14, 2017
Arts&Culture | By Spencer Underwood

New BMW 6 Series GT will go on sale in November

New BMW 6 Series GT will go on sale in November

Switching to the 6 Series nameplate helps the new Gran Turismo fit in more accurately with its grand touring nature.

The adoption of the 6-Series name for the new BMW model is in line with the German vehicle maker's efforts to place greater emphasis on luxury at the upper end of its line-up. Today's 6 Series coupé and cabriolet will be indirectly replaced by the 8 Series coupé and cabriolet due in 2018 and 2019 respectively. The standard suspension features rear air springs and automatic self-levelling. Naturally, there's an optional M Sport package too.

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. If anything, it's more like a 3-Series Gran Turismo on steroids. Otherwise, the interior of the 6-Series GT appears to be almost identical to that of the 5-Series.

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

The smallest petrol engine, the 630i, is a turbocharged four-cylinder unit that is claimed to do 0-62mph in 6.3sec yet achieve official fuel economy of 45.6mpg. If you want a higher top speed, that's an option and you'll be able to hit 155 miles per hour.

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A 10.3-in touchscreen infotainment system with voice and gesture controls is offered as an option.

Further up the line-up is the 640i Gran Turismo. The engine choices on tap include a 2.0-liter four-cylinder 630i, a 3.0-liter inline-six 640i, and a 3.0-liter diesel 630d. xDrive is available on the 3.0-liter equipped models. In the four-wheel-drive XDrive GT it completes the 0-62mph dash in 5.3sec, sips fuel at a rate of 36.7mpg and has Carbon dioxide emissions of 177g/km.

More engines will be added in 2018, including an entry-level four-cylinder 620d.

More powertrain options should be offered shortly after launch.

Also under the final phase of development is a plug-in petrol-electric hybrid version of the new BMW that is set to take the 640e Gran Turismo name into production.

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