2013 BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe Confuses with Name, Delights with Purpose

By Jacob Brown | December 12, 2011
Is a coupe still a coupe when it has more than four doors? When that “coupe” just so happens to look like the 2013 BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe, the answer is probably not. The latest BMW to make its introduction, the 6 Series Gran Coupe is a car that not only slots between the 5 Series and full-size 7 Series in terms of size and, likely, pricing. It also serves as a stepping stone for BMW shoppers to step up to when an Audi A7, Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class, or even BMW’s own 5 Series GT just won’t cut it. Stretched 4.4 inches longer than the 6 Series coupe, BMW says the Gran Coupe is a 4+1 passenger car—which means it can seat five in a pinch. It’s longer, lower, and wider than the BMW 5 Series sedan. With a 16.2-cubic-foot trunk, it has a significantly larger trunk, too; Its trunk is actually larger than a Toyota Camry’s, too.
Powering the base 640i version is a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-6, capable of producing 315 horsepower. Additionally, BMW has amped up the 650i with a 445-horsepower version of its 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine. On the 650i Gran Coupe, all-wheel drive will be available. For the 6 Series Gran Coupe, the only transmission available immediately will be BMW’s eight-speed automatic. Standard in the 6 Series Gran Coupe are auto start-stop, regenerative energy brakes, and iDrive with a built-in navigation system. Optionally available are LED headlights, active steering and roll stabilization, and a Bang & Olufsen hi-fi audio system. BMW has also said the 6 Series Gran Coupe will keep in line with the automaker’s sporting heritage, as the 640i Gran Coupe is expected to hit 60 mph from standstill in 5.4 seconds. The 650i Gran Coupe will do the same task in 4.6 seconds, 4.5 for xDrive all-wheel-drive models. Each is limited to 155 mph. Despite the heightened performance, BMW estimates the 640i will be able to achieve 30 mpg, and the 650i should be able to get 26 to 27 mpg on the highway. Official numbers will be released closer to the car’s launch. Look for the 6 Series Gran Coupe to hit dealerships starting the beginning of summer with the 640i Gran Coupe and later with the 650i Gran Coupe rear- and all-wheel-drive versions. We’ll keep you updated on pricing and other noteworthy details as they emerge. Source: BMW