Four-door coupe: this time Mercedes-Benz was the model for BMW

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This time Mercedes-Benz was the model for BMW

BMW didn’t have the most original idea with the 6 Series Gran Coupe. But sometimes the implementation also counts. Like the Swabian CLS, the new BMW has a beautiful shape. And economical engines.

M.Sometimes in automobile construction the last are the most successful. For example VW, with the Eos retractable roof and the compact Tiguan SUV. Both came late – and quickly became market leaders in their class. If the same thing happened with the four-door coupe, then BMW would have done everything right with the 6 Series Gran Coupe.

But BMW’s latest new presentation, roughly an elongated 6 Series with four doors, faces tough competition. The competitors in the premium segment have long had four-door coupes on offer. The first in the league was Mercedes with the CLS in 2004.

Even today one should pay respect to those responsible in Stuttgart for letting the concept go into series production. Because the elegance of a coupe had never before been combined so clearly and in a balanced way with the practical advantages of a four-door model.

In the meantime, the Swabians are already selling the second generation of the trendsetter, 6300 units were newly registered in Germany last year.

BMW only had the 5 Series Gran Turismo on offer

At BMW, there was previously a gap in the product range at this point. The 5 Series Gran Turismo has been available since 2009. But it lacks grandeur, and the massive body with the wheelbase of a 7 Series shows that the car should above all be a practical multi-purpose mobile and a touring vehicle with plenty of space in the rear.

The aesthetic needs of automotive experts only come second. At least in Germany, BMW’s offer is not a big hit either: with 2,733 new registrations, it is more of a niche. The same applies to the Audi A7: like BMW with the Gran Turismo, Audi has also given the interpretation of a four-door coupe a hatchback.

And another one plays in the league of four-door models with coupe-like shapes: the Porsche Panamera. In Germany, a little less than 3,400 customers wanted a copy last year. By the way, the car will soon be a little longer.

For the facelift, Porsche will include a ten centimeter stretched version in its range – a bow to the Chinese market, where the wheelbase is an indicator of social status.

BMW Coupe as an opponent of the Porsche Panamera

The large BMW Coupe based on the 6 Series is now also pushing its way into this noble market segment. With a length of almost five meters to the nearest millimeter, it is only slightly shorter than a 7 Series. Although it is not a classic chauffeur car due to its proportions, China may also have played a role in its development.

Four-door models are particularly popular in the rapidly growing market, so the 6-series had to grow in length. The model will be launched in Europe on June 2nd. The series is now complete with the Gran Coupe, comments BMW’s development director Klaus Draeger, who recently moved to the purchasing and supplier network.

The figures supplied by the two-door 6 Series, which was renewed in 2011, suggest good things for the four-door model: since the refresh, around 13,000 units of the two-door model have been sold worldwide.

In order to create space for the second pair of doors, the wheelbase of the coupe was lengthened by around eleven centimeters, with almost three meters now between the front and rear axles. The lines flow smoothly, the proportions appear harmonious, and the new roof silhouette also blends seamlessly into the overall shape.

The designers placed the third brake light at the seam between the roof edge and the rear window, a feature that will help the roadside observers to distinguish the four-door from the well-known 6-series coupe.

The vehicle will initially be launched in two versions. The 640i model has a six-cylinder in-line petrol engine which, thanks to double turbocharging, has an output of 320 hp. The maximum torque is 450 Newton meters, and the model sprints from zero to 100 km / h in 5.4 seconds.

If you want to drive diesel, you can choose the 640d. Although it has seven horsepower less than the gasoline engine, it even has 630 Newton meters of torque to offer. The diesel also makes it to 100 km / h in 5.4 seconds.

Anyone who wants an eight-cylinder in the car will have to wait until the third quarter. Then the 650i Gran Coupe is at the dealerships, with a 450 hp twin-turbo V8. This version will then also be available with the xDrive all-wheel drive system.

And the fuel consumption? Competitor Audi has big things in its newly developed four-liter twin-turbo, which shuts down half of the cylinders to increase efficiency when their power is not required.

Swipe in the direction of Audi technology

BMW developer Draeger is worth a swipe: if you want to save electricity at home, "then you don’t switch off individual lamps, you dim all of them". The effect of this motor dimming can be seen in the data sheet: The two engines, which despite the model name only have three liters of displacement, achieve a standard consumption of 7.7 liters of petrol and 5.5 liters of diesel per 100 kilometers.

79,500 euros must be invested at least who wants to buy the gasoline engine, with 83,000 euros the 640d wants to be paid. But regardless of whether gasoline or diesel: on the route, both engines respond spontaneously and accelerate briskly throughout.

You can still feel the eight-speed automatic shifting, but that only minimally interrupts the propulsion. The sound could be a bit more pithy, but the car feels very immediate and dynamic.

That is the special merit of the adjustable chassis and the active steering in the test car, both features that have to be paid for separately. It goes without saying, however, that the passengers are surrounded by fine leather and veneers that are polished to a high gloss.

For some high-end entertainment, however, an extra investment is required, especially for the very special gadgets: The on-board system of the Gran Coupe can read e-mails and SMS messages to the driver if he so wishes.

High proportion of diesel engines

By the way, in 2012 no one has to be ashamed of ordering a large coupe with a diesel. In the case of the 6 series, the proportion of diesel engines in Germany was well over 40 percent in the first three months of this year. And BMW has recently had a triple-charged diesel that delivers more than 380 hp to the wheels.

It is quite possible that this engine will also be able to be seen under the hood of the Gran Coupe. And an M version of the car is more than just imaginable.

The trip to the presentation of the 6 Series Gran Coupe was supported by BMW.

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