2018 BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo unveiled
Expanding the scope of the lineup, the new 2018 BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo is set to arrive in U.S. showrooms this fall. Initially on offer here in 640i xDrive form, this striking 4-door liftback joins the existing 6 Series Convertible and 4-door Gran Coupe models, effectively serving as a more elegantly upscale replacement for the now-departed 5 Series GT.
“The all-new BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo is geared towards discerning customers who place great importance on individuality,” notes Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design. “It is an eye-catching statement, packaged into a flowing, sculptural design language which gives the car a modern and sporty feel.”
An accent on aerodynamics
Rolling on a 120.9-inch wheelbase and sharing much of its basic Efficient Lightweight platform architecture with the 2018 BMW 5 Series and 7 Series models, the new 6 Series GT features a host of mass-reducing materials that include aluminum doors, trunk and liftgate. Visually, the car embodies its own distinctively refined take on classic BMW cues, not the least of which includes the most subtle and vertical take to date on the signature Hofmeister kink in its C-pillar. Aero influences abound here as well, from an Active Kidney Grille, Air Curtains and Air Breathers up front to full underbody fairings and an active rear spoiler that automatically extends at speeds above 75 mph.
In addition to its standard Sport Trim and optional Luxury Package, the 6 Series Gran Turismo also will offer an M Sport Package that brings an M Aerodynamic body kit, Shadowline exterior trim and 19-inch M Double Spoke alloys wrapped in all-season or mixed-performance run-flat rubber. Regardless of configuration, all versions of the 6 Series GT feature adaptive full LED headlamps and wraparound 3D-look LED taillamps.
A true grand tourer
Inside, this new Gran Turismo is equipped and appointed to fully live up to its name. Highlighting the standard kit are Dakota leather upholstery (Nappa leather is optional), a glass Panoramic Moonroof, 12.3-inch configurable instrument cluster, wireless charging with a W-Fi hotspot and a power liftgate. The car also comes with extended ambient lighting plus the latest iDrive 6.0 system that now includes a 10.25-inch touchscreen and Gesture Control. The highly supportive front buckets that offer an elevated driving position are matched with a 40/20/40 split-bench seat in its spacious aft quarters. When cargo toting takes precedence, the backs can be folded to raise capacity in the rear bay from 31.0 to a huge 65.0 cu ft.
Underpinning the new 6 Series GT is a sophisticated chassis that matches double wishbones up front with a multilink rear design featuring self-leveling air suspension. An optional Dynamic Handling Package ups the fun factor with adjustable dampers, full air suspension that can both raise and lower ride height, BMW’s Active Roll Stabilization system plus 4-wheel steering. Both configurations also include the automaker’s multi-mode Driving Dynamics Control.
While more motivation choices seem likely in the future, at launch the 2018 6 Series Gran Turismo will be fitted with a BMW 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo inline-6 engine. Tuned to make 335 horsepower and churn out 332 lb-ft of peak torque from 1,380 to 5,200 rpm, it's backed by a paddle-shiftable 8-speed Steptronic Sport automatic transmission, a combo that sends the all-wheel-drive 640i xDrive from 0-60 mph in a quick 5.1 seconds.
A poster child for advanced driver aids, the new 6 Series GT is the first BMW to come with standard Active Driving Assistant. This expansive suite includes Active Blind Spot Detection, Lane Departure Warning, Daytime Pedestrian Protection, Frontal Collision Warning with City Collision Mitigation, Speed Limit Info and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert. Those who want even more can opt for the Driving Assistant Plus Package that adds Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Active Lane Keeping Assistant with Side Collision Avoidance, Traffic Jam Assistant, Evasion Aid and Front Cross-Traffic Alert. Pricing for the 2018 BMW 640i xDrive will start at $70,695.
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