No longer causes nausea.
BMW Australia has announced the lineup for the “all-new” 6-Series Gran Turismo ahead of its November arrival, giving the previously sick-inducing 5-GT a bump up in class and style. When the 5-GT first debuted, its design was divisive, and its positioning confusing. With the 6-Series GT, it’s clear that BMW has taken the criticism levelled at it to heart, and it has to be said that as far as facelifts go, the transformation that the 6-Series GT has undergone is nothing short of marvellous.
With a profile that looks suspiciously like the current-generation Audi A7, the BMW 6-GT cuts a remarkably handsome figure, with the dramatic roofline and shapely rear working well to hide the actual bulk of the car. The 6-GT offers a fastback profile with almost estate-levels of practicality, with no less than 610-litres of room available behind the rear seats (a massive 110-litre improvement over the outgoing 5-GT, despite the 20mm reduction in height). As with any 6-Series, the doors in the GT feature frameless windows, and the ‘Hofmeister Kink’ has been moved back to the D-pillar and been made more shapely to accentuate the rear haunches. The front of the car, oddly, looks more like a 5-Series with its wide headlights and enormous kidney grilles, underlined by an aggressive bumper (the 6-GT comes as an M-Sport model as standard).
The 6-Series GranTurismo will be offered on our market between the 630i GT and the 640i xDrive GT, getting a four- and six-cylinder turbo-petrol respectively. The former pushes out a healthy 190kW and 400Nm, allowing the car to complete the century sprint in 6.3-seconds, while returning a claimed fuel consumption rating of just 7.0L/100km/.
Going for the more powerful (and more desirable) inline-6 engine will get you 250kW and 450Nm, reducing the 0-100km/h time to just 5.3-seconds, with the all-wheel drive system helping put power down more effectively. Fuel economy takes a hit though, but with claimed figures resting at 8.5L/100km, it’s not so bad.
Standard kit is generous too, with the 630i GT getting a laundry list of equipment. Headlining features include 19-inch M-Sport double-spoke light alloy wheels, adaptive LED headlights, a panoramic glass roof, Chrome Line exterior pack, M-Sport brakes, air suspension with dynamic dampers, comfort access, ambient lighting, iDrive6 with 10.25-inch touchscreen, heads-up display, high-beam assistance, driving & parking assistant plus, DAB digital radio, 16-speaker Harman/Kardon surround sound system, dual-zone climate control, and a Dakota leather cabin.
Moving up to the 640i GT gets things like the xDrive all-wheel drive system, 20-inch alloys, four-wheel steering, metallic paint (an option on the 630i GT), Nappa leather all round, comfort seats up front with ventilation, four-zone climate control, electric backrest adjustment for the rear seats, as well as electric roller sunblinds.
If you think M-Sport cars are too garish, Luxury Line is offered on both models as a no-cost option, and brings with it certain niceties. Less aggressive wheels are fitted (in the same sizes), posher-looking chrome bits get tacked on, along with chrome window frames and inserts for illuminated door handles. Other additions include ‘Luxury’ badging all over the place and LED foglights for both cars, though the 630i Luxury Line gets things like electric backrest adjustment, Nappa leather trim, ‘Comfort’ seats with ventilation up front, and quad-zone climate control, all trickled down from the posher 640i GT.
No BMW is complete without a list of eye-watering options, and the 6-Series GranTurismo is no different. An Innovations Package can be had for $1600, and adds on BMW’s neat-looking ‘Display Key,’ remote-control parking, and gesture control for the iDrive. The $3000 Comfort Package (630i only) bags you rear seat heating, quad-zone climate control, electric unblinds and electric rear-seat adjustment. The 640i gets the option of an Indulgence Pack, which will add two high-res 10-inch rear entertainment screens, massage functionality to the seats, and soft-close doors, all for a steep $8000.
The 2018 BMW 6-Series GranTurismo range starts at $123,500 (before on-road costs) for the 630i GT, while the flagship 640xDrive GT will set you back $148,900 (before on-road costs). While the allure of a straight-six BMW may excite, we’d suggest you look at your usage patterns first, because a 530i GT Luxury Line appears to offer a great amount of value for money (relatively, of course).