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BMW drops and stretches the 5 Series to create a sexy new sedan. The 2017 BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo offers a sportier design and superior driving dynamics.
Low-slung Saloon with Familiar BMW Flair
The brand new 6 Series stunts at first glance with sloped back dramatic proportions and LED Adaptive front headlights taillights and daytime running lights. The 6 Series is available in ten metallic paint options and two non-metallic. Eighteen-inch alloy wheels are standard with 19, 20, and 21-inch alloy wheels available. A SE and M-Sport trim is offered with M-Sport trim that includes 19-inch light alloy wheels, leather upholstery with exclusive stitching and piping in contrasting colors, plus illuminated door sills, reverse camera and panoramic glass roof.
The BMW 6 Series GT offers a sleek low-slung silhouette with the heavily raked A-pillars, flowing roofline and sweeping frameless side window design. The 6 Series ditches the guide strip through the large window in the rear door. And horizontal lines, sharp edges and tapering surfaces magnify the car’s width.
Low and planted, the sportier BMW 6 Series height has been reduced by 21 mm and stretched 87 mm from its 5 Series predecessor. Yet the whip has the same width, so headroom and legroom is ample.
The whip’s long bonnet, the set-back position of the cabin, frameless windows and elongated window outline stretching deep into the rear all that combine to give the new model its coupé -like profile.
BMW combined lightweight engineering with aluminum and high-strength steel for body and chassis components to achieve an average weight reduction of 254 lbs compared with the 5 Series GT. And the new BMW 6 Series features an aerodynamic rear spoiler that automatically extends above 75 mph and retracts below 50 mph.
3 Engine Options – Elevated Performance and Safety Tech
For the 2018 6 Series Gran Turismo, BMW offers four models with three turbocharged engine variants – all matched to an 8-speed Steptronic transmission with paddle shifters. The base 630i GT features a 2.0 liter 4-cylinder engine with 258 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque and a combined EPA of 43 mpg. The BMW 640i GT xDrive boasts a 3.0 liter 6-cylinder engine with 340 horsepower and 331 lb-ft of torque. The BMW 630d GT and the new BMW 630d xDrive GT both use a 3.0-liter 6-cylinder in-line diesel engine producing 265 horsepower and 450 lb-ft of torque.
The combined fuel economy for the BMW 630d GT reaches 57.6 mpg, and 49.5 mpg for the BMW 630d xDrive GT. The 6-Series GT saloon also has an impressive .25 coefficient drag thanks to many lightweight aerodynamic components.
Self-levelling air suspension comes as standard at the rear axle, but for extra comfort customers can opt for Adaptive suspension, which features front and rear air suspension plus Dynamic Damper Control. Customers can also take up the Executive Drive option, offered in combination with the Integral Active Steering system that incorporates active roll stabilization to deliver supreme cornering capability.
Two-axle air suspension allows the vehicle’s ride-height to be adjusted manually, meaning that, at the touch of a button, ground clearance can be increased by 20 mm when negotiating dirt tracks or steep ramps. The vehicle can also be lowered by 10 mm by pushing a button but it will so do automatically when SPORT mode is engaged via the Drive Performance Control switch or if the car exceeds 75 mph. All optional suspension systems are now available with BMW xDrive all-wheel-drive system.
The BMW 6 Series features the familiar Drive Performance Control switch that will adjust the drivetrain to Eco Pro, Comfort and Sport modes. The Adaptive Executive Drive package adds Comfort+ and Adaptive mode which uses the navigation system to adjust the car’s responses to downshift at intersections and with cornering.
Along with the standard safety tech like Collision and Pedestrian Warning with City Collision Mitigation, options include Lane Departure and Lane Change Warning System, Crossing Traffic Warning System and the Side Collision Warning.
First–class safety technology sets this car above it’s peers, like the Evasion Aid, that can direct steering, Surround View Camera System that can display an aerial view and surrounding areas in 3D, Crossroads and Wrong-Way warning system for approaching traffic at dangerous or confusing junctions, and the BMW Night System that uses heat sensors to detect pedestrians and large animals in a real-time video image in the center screen.