BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo
BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo - lower and sleeker

Economy figures state the 630d achieves 57mpg and 129g/km against 49mpg and 150g/km for the 630d xDrive.

Now we’ve written that down it’s hard to see why anyone would choose the xDrive diesel. Yes, you get all-wheel-drive but the extra £2k on the list price and the increased CO2 emissions will inevitably increase your tax liability, and it will cost you 8mpg too.

Based on these figures it’s likely the 630d will turn out to be the most popular choice with the right balance of performance and economy favoured by many company car drivers looking to minimise their tax obligations. With prices starting from £46,810 there are plenty of reasons to consider the new 6 Series Gran Turismo when it goes on sale at the end of the year.

BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo
Sleek rear profile of BMW 6 Series GT
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BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo - lower and sleeker|Bigger cabin plus night vision|Sleek rear profile of BMW 6 Series GT
  • Updated looks and up to 15% efficiency improvement
  • Bigger cabin for comfort and practicality
  • Initially two petrol and two diesel options
  • 630d for business users while the 640i xDrive should be the driver’s choice
  • Prices from £46,810

THE new BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo, successor to the 5 series model of the same name, will be launched at this year’s International Motor Show in Frankfurt in September.

As a taster it has released first images and details of the new car – and the new 6 Series Gran Turismo looks rather good.

Introduced in 2009, the original Gran Turismo concept offered all the comfort, elegance, and practicality of a 5 Series with stunning coupe looks. At least that was the plan. In practice it looked a bit cumbersome and top heavy.

The new 6 series Gran Turismo takes the best of these characteristics and squeezes them into a much sleeker, more elegant, and more coupe-like package that we suspect is much closer to BMW’s original vision. The GT concept was always solid but now it’s been transferred to the 6 Series it’s so much better.

The new car looks much better than its predecessor with its long bonnet, set back cabin and flowing roof giving a much improved coupe look.

The sculpted profile has been designed to improve aerodynamic efficiency and, alongside the lightweight engineering and materials, fuel consumption and emissions have been reduced by up to 15%.

More importantly the 6 Series GT has a spoiler that automatically extends at 75mph which is very cool, even if it does make the work of the local constabulary that much easier.

Despite reducing the height by 21mm to improve the looks, BMW has still managed to increase passenger space within that low-slung silhouette.

BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo
Bigger cabin plus night vision

The additional length has created a spacious cabin with promises of increased head and leg room all round. It also has split folding rear seats that can fold down to increase boot capacity from a healthy 610 litres to a positively enormous 1,800 litres.

BMW has even included an electrically operated tailgate and lower rear sill to improve loading capacity and ensure the 6 Series GT is a practical proposition.

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Practicality may not be high on everyone’s list but, like all BMWs, the 6 Series GT is also designed to offer superior comfort to its occupants, something that features on every list ever written by anyone trying to choose a new car.

Available in two trim levels from launch, SE and M Sport, standard specification includes automatic climate control, metallic paint, 18-inch alloy wheels, 10.25-inch touchscreen, and reversing assist camera. Drivers upgrading to the M Sport will add 19-inch alloys, leather upholstery, and a panoramic glass roof.

Options available to all customers include an upgraded surround sound audio system, BMW Connected smartphone integration, improved head-up display, BMW Night Vision system, and gesture control that allows users to operate some functions with simple hand movements.

Drivers looking to improve handling and performance can also upgrade to adaptive suspension and dynamic damper control to accompany the selectable drive modes. Given how well balanced a BMW usually is in factory specification this is probably just an exercise in self-gratification, although it may give a hint as to how good the 6 Series GT could be. An M6 GT? There’s a thought, BMW.

There will initially be four variants of the 6 Series GT, two petrol and two diesel, and all will have the eight-speed Steptronic gearbox with paddle-shift fitted as standard. BMW’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system will also be available on two of the new models, one each of the petrol and diesel.

Drivers who prefer petrol power can choose from either the 2.0-litre four-cylinder unit found in the 630i, or the more powerful 3.0-litre straight six in the 640i xDrive.

The 3.0-litre engine produces 340bhp, pushing the car to 60mph in just over five seconds in return for 35mpg and 183g/km. The smaller 2.0-litre offers a more practical 258bhp but it’s still enough to propel the car to 60mph just a second slower and the 43mpg and 148g/km may tip the balance in favour of the less powerful car.

For those requiring bigger financial incentives a diesel is likely to prove most popular.

Both the 630d and 630d xDrive use the same 3.0-litre straight six producing 265bhp, and both reach 60mph in around six seconds – BMW indicate there’s only a single tenth of a second between them – with the 630d xDrive being the quicker of the two.

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