Meet The 2015 BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe

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A combination of intoxicating sports performance, majestic ride comfort, a luxurious interior ambience and innovative equipment features marks out the members of the BMW 6-Series model range. The new BMW 6-Series Convertible, new BMW 6-Series Coupe and new BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe meet the highest expectations of a sporting luxury car in terms of driving dynamics, comfort, advanced technology and imposing elegance. Eye catching accents and pinpoint refinements highlight the aesthetics of their body design and the exclusive flair of their interiors. The introduction of the Design Pure Experience and Design Pure Excellence equipment lines, meanwhile, gives customers attractive options when it comes to injecting these extraordinary cars with an even sportier or more luxurious aura.

P90169531_lowResA sporty driving experience lies at the heart of everything the new BMW 6-Series Convertible, new BMW 6-Series Coupe and new BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe stand for. The performance capability of their engines, which boast cutting-edge BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, is further accentuated by the sports exhaust system now fitted as standard on all petrol variants. Evidence of the enormous dynamic potential offered by the BMW 6-Series model range comes in the form of the high-performance sports cars it has spawned: the BMW M6 Convertible (fuel consumption combined: 10.3 l/100 km [27.4 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 239 g/km), BMW M6 Coupe (fuel consumption combined: 9.9 l/100 km [28.5 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 232 g/km) and BMW M6 Gran Coupe (fuel consumption combined: 9.9 l/100 km [28.5 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 232 g/km). Highlights including a 412 kW/560 hp V8 engine and bespoke suspension technology imbue this impressive triumvirate with track-specification performance attributes.

P90169528_lowResThe new BMW 6-Series model range follows in a BMW tradition of legendary dream cars which now stretches back more than 75 years. Presented in 1937, the BMW 327 Sports Coupe was the most exclusive model in the company’s line-up at the time. Then came the BMW 503 Coupe and BMW 507 Roadster, which were powered by the car world’s first aluminium eightcylinder engine and continue to enthral as 1950s style icons to this day. And later on, the BMW 2800 CS of 1968 pulled back the curtain on an era of luxury cars which took a whole new approach to combining sports performance and luxury. The BMW 3.0 CS, BMW 3.0 CSi and BMW 3.0 CSL followed in the tyre tracks of the 2800 CS in the years up to 1973. Designed for action in motor sport, these three models enjoyed several years of dominance on the racing stage. On the road, meanwhile, they represented a beacon of style and an expression of joy in superior performance.

P90169525_lowResThe latest generation of the BMW 6-Series takes the dynamics, aesthetics, luxury and innovation offered by the model series to new heights. Moreover, the expansion of the range to span three body variants has ensured that driving pleasure in a luxury BMW can be experienced in an even wider variety of ways. The BMW 6-Series Convertible, BMW 6-Series Coupe and BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe provide customers with a choice of three distinctive characters, the introduction of the brand’s first ever four-door Coupe giving the BMW 6-Series’ popularity fresh momentum. Almost one in two newly registered BMW 6-Series cars is now a Gran Coupe. Worldwide, nigh-on 80,000 units of the current-generation BMW 6-Series have been sold in total since the market launch of the Convertible in March 2011.

The BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe conjures up a new balance of dynamic excellence, elegance and luxury. The latest addition to the BMW 6-Series range blends the sports performance and aesthetics of a coupe with the extended functionality of a four-door car. Its distinctive proportions and longer wheelbase accentuate the exterior’s irresistible radiance. The interior of the BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe delivers luxurious long-distance comfort for the driver and passengers in four full-size seats and offers a third seat in the rear that is suitable for shorter journeys. Detail refinements showcase both the elegance of the body design and the exclusive ambience of the interior.

P90169524_lowResThe balance between sporting dynamics and majestic ride comfort which defines the character of the BMW 6-Series is reflected in a body design exuding athleticism, power and elegance. Hallmark BMW proportions, precise lines and fluently moulded surfaces come together in an unmistakable design language that serves as a signature feature of the BMW 6-Series as a whole and is adapted to suit the Convertible, Coupe and Gran Coupe respectively.

All the models in the new BMW 6-Series line-up stand out with an adeptly modified design that exudes powerful sports performance and, at the same time, emphasises the exclusive elegance of these luxury cars. The BMW kidney grille – standing prominently in the centre of the front end, as ever – is now even more eye-catching. The number of bars in the kidney grille has been reduced from 10 to nine, and the larger openings are an indication of the amount of cooling air required by the powerful engines. The new contours of the kidney grille bars (in aluminium matt on the eight-cylinder variants and black on the remaining models) underline the forward-surging stance of the radiator grille element. The new front apron, whose lower air intake is now a single stylistic unit and therefore comes across as ultra-wide, radiates sports performance and solidity. The front foglamps, which are positioned at the far outer edges of the front end, consist of three adjacent LED units and now feature a decorative surround. This trim element is chrome on the new BMW 6-Series Convertible and comes in high-gloss black for the new BMW 6-Series Coupe and new BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe.

P90169511_lowResOn all models in the BMW 6-Series, flared wheel arches and a rear-end structure visually stretched by horizontal lines provide a vivid stylistic showcase for the cars’ wide track and resultant surefooted handling. This effect is further enhanced by a chrome strip in the bumper trim. The rear apron of the six-cylinder models also features larger surrounds for the exhaust system’s tailpipe embellishers, whose diameter has been increased from 80 to 90 millimetres. Elsewhere, a newly designed 20-inch multi-spoke variant has been added to the selection of optional light-alloy wheels. And the range of exterior paintwork finishes includes the new colour shades Jatoba metallic, Cashmere Silver metallic, Glacier Silver metallic, Mediterranean Blue metallic and Melbourne Red metallic.

P90169516_lowResAn M Sport package can be specified for the new BMW 6-Series Convertible, the new BMW 6-Series Coupe and the new BMW Series Gran Coupe to further optimise their dynamic aura and performance attributes. The Sport package – configured to suit the individual model – includes features such as an M aerodynamic package (with specific body components for the front end, side skirts and rear apron), BMW Individual High-gloss Shadow Line trim, tailpipe embellishers in dark chrome, black painted brake callipers and 19-inch light-alloy wheels in M double-spoke design. 20-inch light-alloy wheels in M double-spoke design are also available. M Carbon Black metallic paintwork can be specified exclusively in conjunction with the M Sport package. Meanwhile, additions including sports seats in M-specific Alcantara/Nappa leather trim with blue contrast stitching, an M leather steering wheel with multifunction buttons and gearshift paddles, Aluminium Hexagon interior trim strips, door sill finishers with an M logo and an M driver’s footrest ensure the design of the interior fulfils the brief of concentrated driving pleasure. A BMW Individual roof liner in Anthracite is also part of the M Sport package for the new BMW 6-Series Coupe and new BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe.

As an alternative to sending their engine power to the rear wheels – as is customary for BMW cars – all new BMW 6-Series model variants can also be specified with the BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system. The variable distribution of drive between the front and rear wheels not only optimises traction and directional stability in all weather and road conditions, it also noticeably enhances cornering dynamics and acceleration. BMW xDrive further improves the 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) performance of all the 6-Series models. The best figures here are recorded by the eight-cylinder BMW 650i xDrive Coupe and BMW 650i xDrive Gran Coupe, which both complete the sprint in 4.4 seconds.

P90169523_lowResThe engines powering the new BMW 6-Series models are designed to deliver captivating performance, as a new addition to the range of standard equipment is not afraid to emphasise. The BMW 640i Convertible, BMW 640i Coupe and BMW 640i Gran Coupe are now equipped with a sports exhaust system, which provides an emotionally dramatic soundtrack to their engines’ instantaneous and sustained wave of power. The system features a switchable exhaust valve, whose position can be adjusted using the Driving Experience Control switch. In SPORT and SPORT+ modes, the valve opens to reduce exhaust backpressure and generates a dramatic aural response. The engine management system allows further acoustic optimisations, including dynamic load-reversal damping.

The eight-speed Steptronic sport transmission also plays a role in the powertrain’s outstanding effectiveness thanks to its excellent internal efficiency, while its impressive fast-shifting ability sharpens the sporting characteristics of the new BMW 6-Series models. As well as gearshift paddles on the steering wheel, the eight-speed Steptronic sport transmission also comes with a Launch Control function, which enables the driver to power away from the line with maximum dynamic force.

P90169310_lowResOne of the highlights of the range of BMW ConnectedDrive driving assistance systems is the BMW Head-Up Display, which projects relevant driving information onto the windscreen using a full spectrum of colour. As well as vehicle speed, 3D graphics also show Check Control messages, navigation information – including lane recommendations, speed limits and overtaking restrictions – and further information supplied by the driver assistance systems in the driver’s direct field of view. When required, telephone contact lists and entertainment information can also be displayed. The multifunction instrument display also contributes to the full-blooded driving pleasure laid on by the new BMW 6-Series. This variant of the cockpit display takes its cues from the mode selected using the Driving Experience Control switch, the graphics and colours of the displays indicating clearly which of the COMFORT, ECO PRO and SPORT settings has been engaged.

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