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2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe Officially Revealed 12
Dec
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Automotive, BMW, BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe, BMW M6, BMW M6 Gran Coupe, featured, News on 12 12th, 2012

When we had the chance to test drive the new 2014 BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe we begged the idea of BMW turning this coupe-styled sedan into an official M car. Sure, there were already speculations of the Gran Coupe coming in an M flavor but nothing set in stone. Well, BMW has answered our prayers with the official introduction of the new 2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe to join the M car rankings of the new M5, M6 Coupe and M6 Convertible.

The new M6 Gran Coupe features the same twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 engine rated at 560 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque as found at the heart of the new M5 and M6 vehicles. Power is sent to the rear wheels through a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT) and unique Active M Differential combining an electronic control and a multi-plate limited-slip diff. Locking force can be varied from 0 to 100 percent to optimize traction and stability.

The new 2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe is said to dash from 0-60 mph in just 4.1 seconds and hold a steady electronically limited 155 mph top speed. We look for many available options in the current BMW 650i Gran Coupe to be standard on the new M6 Gran Coupe with a full list of packaged and a-la-cart options customized for the true M-Motorsport experience.

Look for the new 2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe to reach US BMW Showrooms in early Summer of 2013. Official technical specifications and pricing will be relabeled closer to its start-sales date.

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2013 BMW 640i Gran Coupe Review & Test Drive 5
Dec
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Automotive, BMW, BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe, BMW 640i Gran Coupe, BMW Gran Coupe, featured, Test Drives on 12 5th, 2012

It is somewhat of a surprise to just now see BMW, known for being a benchmark-setter in the automotive world, finally arrive at the 4-door coupe game with the all-new 640i Gran Coupe. As a late entry into the game placed in the same segment as the Benz CLS, Audi A7 and even the Porsche Panamera, the new 2013 BMW 640i comes well-prepared and eager to compete until the conclusion of such a specialized venue.

Sometime back in the early 2000’s automakers felt the need to put forth their artistic abilities to give the dedicated sports coupe enthusiast a little something extra complete with 4 doors but retaining the silhouette roof line of their prided coupes. To start things off fresh, Mercedes-Benz paved the way with the CLS, VW landed the CC, Audi the A7, and now BMW has a starting freshman wearing the 6-series badging.

Having slightly larger dimensions than its coupe sibling, the 640i Gran Coupe handles itself as a well-balanced luxury sports sedan. The 640i Gran Coupe, sharing most of its front and rear fascia styling with the 6 Series Coupe, has a wheelbase about 4.5 inches longer than the coupe yet wider and slightly lower. The new design language and extra seating give the Gran Coupe much more versatility.

Driving the new 2013 BMW 640i Gran Coupe is a pleasure in itself. The inline 3.0-liter inline-6 cylinder engine force-fed by a twin-scroll turbocharger is a variation found in many other BMW vehicles. Power output is 315 horsepower at 5,800 rpm and 330 ft-lbs of torque at a seriously low 1,300 rpm. I can contest to the almost-instant torque delivery as acceleration almost matches that of a naturally aspirated V8 engine from a dead stop. Power is delivered through a new 8-speed automatic transmission, which shifts as smoothly as the turbocharged inline-6 cylinder engine delivers power.

The new 8-speed automatic box dials in the optimal gear selection with a slight learning curve. A new customizable Eco Pro mode, one of the five chassis and drivetrain settings, starts the vehicle off in 2nd gear while making early shifts to take advantage of the low-end torque to optimize fuel economy. Comfort and Comfort Plus chassis modes, placing the active dampers in their most conservative setting, smooth out the ride while placing the transmission into a more subdued shift program. Sport mode, configurable from the iDrive menu set, allows the driver to dial in a firmer suspension setting and a more aggressive engine and transmission management. A non-configurable Sport+ mode advances the throttle response, power steering boost assistance, dampers, transmission shift characteristics, and if equipped, roll stabilization and Integral Active Steering.

The 8-speed automatic transmission does, however, have a slight delay when a much higher gear is demanded from abrupt gas pedal input. Though, the slight hesitation is followed through by the correct and optimal gear selection each and every time.

The relatively light weight aluminum chassis hardly transmits any type of noticeable flex or lack of rigidity. The handling attributes for the new 640i Gran Coupe are among the best for a luxury sports sedan sporting 6-cylinders. The large but optional staggered 20-inch wheels shod in 245/35ZR20 inch front and 275/30ZR20 inch Dunlop Sport Maxx GT performance tires, allow the Gran Coupe to hug the road without much harshness transmitted to the cabin. The optional Integral Active Steering, equipped on my test vehicle, dynamically changes the turn-in making parking and twisty roads a welcomed feat. The Integral Active Steering, combining the Active Steering system for the front and steerable rear wheels up to 2.5 degrees at certain speeds, precisely complements the front and rear angles for easy maneuvering. At highway speeds the rear wheels will turn within one degree to the same direction as the front wheels. At low speeds the rear wheels utilize the full 2.5 degrees to turn in the opposite direction of the front wheels giving you a virtual perception of a shortened or lengthened wheelbase – much like a 4-wheel steering system would do.

Driving feel transmitted through the steering wheel can be artificial at times, though the over-all experience still places the driver in a piston to read the road as you would in any other midsized BMW sedan. At times the 640i Gran Coupe feels smaller than it is even with a slight disconnect in the electric-boosted steering. Braking, through means of lightweight floating rotors all around and four-piston calipers up front and two-piston rear, do an admirable job to bring all 4,191 pounds to a stop.

The interior of the new BMW 640i Gran Coupe is a slight deportation from the normal world, which can be a good thing for some. My test car, being that it is loaded up with many BMW Individual program options, features a variety of premium and luxury package options,  such as White Ash Wood trim, a faux-suede headliner, unique cabin accents and upgraded Nappa leather with contrast stitching. Having the instrument panel, door trim and console fitted with the upgraded Napa leather, it completes the supple soft-ness of the Gran Coupe’s interior atmosphere.

The seats offer up an individualized tailoring where high-quality materials lace the cabin throughout as a striking contrast. The signature BMW dashboard and layout of controls places just about everything in its proper expected position. The central instrument controls, containing the latest iDrive system and high-resolution wide-screen display, proves to be fast-reacting to inputs and somewhat user-friendly after taking time to become initially familiarized. In many ways BMW’s latest iDrive system gives the driver a more focused attention to the road when the centralized iDrive controller and buttons are in their expected positions, which eliminates the guessing game.

The Luxury Seating Package, also equipped on my 640i Gran Coupe test vehicle, adds active bucket sets, sunshades on both the rear side and rear windows and a four-zone climate control system. The additional two climate zones gives the rear passengers their own center console with proper ac/heater controls along with heated rear seats.

A new Bang & Olufsen audio system, with a motorized center channel speaker, literally sings high octaves to your heart’s content. The sound system is superb with crystal clear highs and supple lows thumping in a pleasing surround fashion. The over-all ambiance of the new Gran Coupe’s interior is truly a state-of-the-art luxury class, which is somewhat reflected in the additional options pricing.

A full array of LED lighting not only accents the plush interior of the Gran Coupe, but it provides exceptional visibility on the outside with a full set of adaptive LED headlights, fog lights, turn signals, tail lights and the signature BMW day-time running halo lights. If the LED lights do not grab the attention of onlookers, then the matte paint job – Frozen Bronze metallic, surly will.

My 2013 BMW 640i Gran Coupe test vehicle with its BMW Individual program’s set of packages for a large set of options and true customization, boasts a large price tag of $104,695. Being such a hard 6-figure pill to swallow, consumers must keep in mind that the new 640i Gran Coupe starts at just $76,000. For the base price the Gran Coupe comes with the standard features of automatic start/stop ignition, Servotronic power steering, tire pressure monitor, rain-sensing wipers/washers, rear-view camera, auto dimming interior and exterior mirrors, dual cupholders front/rear, split fold-down rear seat, floor mats, moonroof, keyless entry, universal garage door opener, dual map lamps, Xenon adaptive headlights, foglamps, LED running lights, dual exhaust, 3-point safety belts for all positions with front load limiters/pretensioners, active headrests, anti-theft alarm system, ambient lighting, voice command, dynamic cruise control, automatic climate control, headlight washers, trip computer, run flat tires, front/side/rear crush zones and park distance control.

The new 2013 BMW 640i Gran Coupe may offer a bit more panache than its direct competitors but still carries a more driver-focused demeanor. While a long laundry list of options tacking on over $28,000 to the price tag, it can be viewed as an opportunistic venture for those with the means to obtain such a vehicle and all of the thrills it has to offer.  With BMW’s entry into the new coupe-styled sedan segment, it can leave the game winning or losing but always knowing it had the most fun.

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Copyright: 2012 AutomotiveAddicts.com

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Price: Base BMW 640i Gran Coupe MSRP $76,000 / As-Tested 640i Gran Coupe BMW Individual $104,695
  • Engine: 3.0-liter Turbocharged inline-6 cylinder 315 horsepower @ 5800 rpm / 330 ft-lbs. torque @ 1300-4500 rpm
  • Turning circle: 39.2 ft.
  • Track: f/r-63/65.6 ft.
  • Ground clearance: 5 inches
  • Legroom: f/r-42.1/35.3 inches
  • Headroom: f/r-40.6/37 inches
  • Fuel tank: 18.5 gallons
  • Curb weight: 4,101 lbs.
  • 0-60 mph: 5.4 seconds


2013 BMW 640i Gran Coupe Review & Test Drive – ‘A Grand Coupe in Sedan Clothes’ 23
Jul
Posted by Harvey Schwartz in Automotive, BMW, BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe, BMW Gran Coupe, featured, Test Drives on 07 23rd, 2012

The all-new 2013 BMW 640i Gran Coupe combines the stunning proportions, design and driving dynamics of the 6-Series coupe with interior room and amenities for up to five passengers.  Perfect proportions, precise lines and sleekly contoured surfaces give the all-new BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe the unique ability to satisfy the driver who wants a luxurious and sporty coupe yet needs a car capable of carrying four adults  in comfort and luxury.  First out is the 6-cylinder 640i that I tested, then the V8 powered 650i and by early fall, the 650i xDrive all-wheel drive model.

Sporting a sleek, athletic look with a length of 197 inches and a 116.8 inch wheelbase, the Gran Coupe is 4.4 inches longer, 74.6 inches wide and stands 54.8 inches high, wider and lower than its coupe sibling giving it more interior room, yet wider, and lower making the handling dynamics even more intense.  It cuts through the air with a 0.29 coefficient of drag.

The unmistakable design language gives the new Gran Coupe an aura of athletic elegance.  The long powerfully contoured hood, short front overhang and set-back passenger compartment team up with a 4.4 increase in body length, a 4.5 inch longer wheelbase presenting a fresh take on the hallmark proportions of a BMW automobile.  The Gran Coupe’s distinctive profile is dominated by its four-door, elegantly stretched roof line which flows smoothly into the rear end, is a similarly eye-catching and distinctive feature of the new models silhouette.

With an inline 4-liter, 6-cylinder, 4 VANOS valvetrain, all-alloy, direct injected and turbo-charged engine, the 315hp and 330lb.ft. of torque rockets the new Gran Coupe out to 60mph from a standstill in just 5.4 seconds.  Hooked up to the new smooth shifting 8-speed automatic transmission, you get immediate traction with higher mpg efficiency.  Getting up and down the gears faster are paddle shifters on the leather-wrapped, power tilt-telescoping, sport steering wheel.  What a pleasure to drive, any time, any place.  In addition to the efficiency of the engine and 8-speed Sport Automatic transmission, an extensive range of BMW EfficientDynamics measures contribute to reducing fuel consumption and emissions.  Brake Energy Regeneration, engine Auto Start-Stop, on-demand operation of ancillary components, intelligent lightweight construction and extensive aerodynamic refinement collaborate to ensure maximum efficiency.

Cutting edge chassis technology gives the Gran Coupe the tools to provide both sporty handling and exceptional comfort.  The double-wishbone front suspension and the multi-link rear suspension are made predominately from aluminum.  The chassis is geared to the requirements of drivers with sporting intentions, although the dampers also respond sensitively to bumps in the road surface under high lateral acceleration.  The optional Active Roll Stabilization works in concert with the standard Dynamic Damper Control to offer you even more precise responses and perfectly flat cornering ability.  The electronically controlled shocks adapt to the road surface and your driving style to perfectly control the car’s body motions.  Enhancing the incredible handling capabilities are two strut tower braces in the engine bay and the optional Integral Active Steering system that combines the Active Steering system for the front suspension with a steerable rear suspension.  Precisely harmonized steering angle movements of both front and rear wheels create a virtual lengthening or shortening of the car’s wheelbase, which fosters both great high-seed stability and enhanced maneuverability for parking and slower city driving.

Further enhancing the driving sensations and personality is the Driving Dynamics Control including ECO PRO mode, COMFORT+, COMFORT SPORT, and SPORT+.  Affected parameters include the tuning of the throttle response, power steering boost assistance, shock absorbers, automatic transmission shift characteristics, and if equipped, roll stabilization and Integral Active Steering.  You tune the response to how you want you Gran Coupe to respond to your inputs.

Big powerful brakes stop the new Gran Coupe as fast as it accelerates.  Lightweight floating caliper brakes feature vented discs all-around.  Up front are 13.7 inch rotors clamped with four-piston calipers and 13.6 inch rotors clamped with a large single-piston caliper in the rear.  Enhancing braking power and control are ABS, Dynamic Stability Control, Dynamic Traction Control, Cornering Brake Control, Dynamic Brake Control, the Start-off-Assistant and the automatic Brake Drying function all work together to help you maintain control during severe braking maneuvers and when driving over wet or slick pavement.  My 640i Gran Coupe were shod with 20X8.5 inch front and 20X9 inch rear lightweight alloy wheels wrapped with 245/35ZR20 inch front and 275/30ZR20 inch Dunlop Sport Maxx GT low profile, high-performance tires.  This combination of innovative styling, powertrain and suspension geometry makes this new BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe an Ultimate Driving Machine.  But does the interior stand up to the challenge of the best BMW 6-Series Coupes and its competition-the Mercedes-Benz CLS and Audi A7?  After just seven-days behind the wheel, it certainly does!

The interior of the new Gran Coupe offers a driving experience defined by sportiness and luxury, and enhanced by a specially generated ambience.  The line of the roof pillars reproduces the car’s arching roof form inside the car.  In the rear compartment, the enveloping interior typical of a coupe and comfortable seats offer excellent lateral support combined with generous freedom of movement and good visibility out the car.

The interior offers individually tailored seats for the drive, front passenger and rear passengers.  High-quality materials, carefully coordinated color and meticulously sculpted surfaces combine to produce an ambience defined by luxury, sweeping style and Teutonic functionality.  The signature BMW designed cockpit layout is superb.  The central section of the instrument panel, containing the iDrive system’s central display, the air vents and the controls for the magnificent Bang & Olufsen audio system and A/C are all angled slightly toward the driver.  The black panel instrument cluster combines the traditional sports car circular instruments with state-of-the-art display technology.  The navigation system, telephone and entertainment functions are operated using the more user-friendly iDrive control system.  The on-board monitor takes the form of a freestanding display with a flatsceen look.  The high-definition display measures 10.2 inches across and features a high-quality galvanized chrome surround.  The shallow depth of the display gives it a modern character.  The optional Luxury Seating Package adds ventilated multi-contour, active bucket seats, sunshades on both the rear side and rear windows and a four-zone climate control system with additional controls located between the rear seats.  The instrument panel, door trim and center console are also finished in Nappa leather with contrasting stitching when the Nappa leather option is selected.

Standard features not mentioned above include automatic start/stop ignition, Servotronic power steering, tire pressure monitor, rain-sensing wipers/washers, rear-view camera, auto dimming interior and exterior mirrors, dual cupholders front/rear, split fold-down rear seat, floor mats, moonroof, keyless entry, universal garage door opener, dual map lamps, Xenon adaptive headlights, foglamps, LED running lights, dual exhaust, 3-point safety belts for all positions with front load limiters/pretensioners, active headrests, anti-theft alarm system, ambient lighting, voice command, dynamic cruise control, automatic climate control, headlight washers, trip computer, run flat tires, front/side/rear crush zones and park distance control.

The all-new 2013 BMW 640i Gran Coupe has it all plus more to compete against its competition with the Mercedes-Benz CLS and Audi A7.  This new entry into the segment is the Ultimate Driving Machine!

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SPECIFICATIONS

  • Price: Base BMW 640i Gran Coupe MSRP $76,000
  • Turning circle: 39.2 ft.
  • Track: f/r-63/65.6 ft.
  • Ground clearance: 5 inches
  • Legroom: f/r-42.1/35.3 inches
  • Headroom: f/r-40.6/37 inches
  • Fuel tank: 18.5 gallons
  • Curb weight: 4,101 lbs.
  • Horsepower: 315 at 5,8-6,000rpm
  • Torque: 330 lb.ft. at 1,4-4,500rpm
  • 0-60 mph: 5.4 seconds


BMW Confirms M6 Gran Coupe Model Coming in 2013 16
Jul
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Automotive, BMW, BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe, BMW Gran Coupe, BMW M6 Gran Coupe, News on 07 16th, 2012

It was only inevitable that we would see the new BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe receive the proper M treatment as have virtually every other BMW series. According to Car and Driver, BMW has now confirmed a new M6 Gran Coupe coming to the U.S. likely as a 2014 model year.

Spy photographers already captured what appeared to be a new M6 Gran Coupe in testing. We even posted new renderings of what a new M6 Gran Coupe would look like. Now it is official, the new M6 Gran Coupe will borrow it’s M5 and M6 siblings’ twin-turbo V8 engine and 7-speed DCT dual-clutch transmission. Just like Car and Driver, we hope to see them source the U.S. version of the new M6 Coupe’s 6-speed manual transmission in the M6 Gran Coupe.

The new 2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe will compete with the current Benz CLS63 AMG and Porsche Panamera. We look for an official reveal of the M6 Gran Coupe around the end of 2012 or early 2013 carrying a price possibly $10k to $15k north of the current 2013 M5 Sedan’s MSRP.

image sources: 6Post.com via Wild Speed]



2013 BMW M6 Gran Coupe Preview Images Rendered Into Reality 17
Apr
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Automotive, BMW, BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe, BMW Gran Coupe, BMW M6 Gran Coupe, spy shots on 04 17th, 2012

In today’s spectrum of talented automotive enthusiasts, all it takes is a little photoshop rendering to come up with an excellent representation of upcoming vehicles yet to be seen in their full lively flesh. The latest vehicle to receive such photoshop treatment is the 2013 BMW M6 Gran Coupe.

We already know what the 2013 BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe looks like. In retrospect, Wild Speed has taken upon the task of rendering what the upcoming 2013 BMW M6 Gran Coupe will look like in the images revealed below.

Along with the new rendered images of the M6 Gran Coupe, is the obvious idea that the M6 Gran Coupe, competing directly with the Benz CLS63 AMG and Porsche Panamera, will carry a price tag north of $110,000. Considering how the BMW M6 coupe and convertible were recently announced to carry a price of $106,995 and $113,995 respectfully, the BMW M6 Gran Coupe will be a pricier option. With that price should come a 580 horsepower Twin Turbo V8 engine mated to a 7-Spee DCT (dual clutch) Transmission.

Reportedly, the new M6 Gran Coupe will premier the second half of the year in the Fall.

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BMW 6 Series GranCoupe & BMW M5 Intro Videos from Amelia Island 2012 13
Mar
Posted by Darryl in auto show, Automotive, BMW, BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe, BMW Gran Coupe, BMW M5, video on 03 13th, 2012

During this year’s Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance we took the time out to get an up-close glimpse of the upcoming BMW 640i (6 Series Gran Coupe) in a Frozen Bronze exterior color. We also filmed the all-new BMW M5 high-performance Twin-Turbo V8 sports sedan in Monte Carlo Blue. Hit up the jump below to view and Enjoy!







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