BMW’s stylish new coupé
The Six Series Gran Coupé is BMW’s first ever four-door coupé – a sleek saloon that will compete with the Audi A7 Sportback and the Mercedes CLS, says What Car. It should also appeal to those in the market for a Porsche Panamera “because it’s hard not to be bowled over by the sheer quality of the Gran Coupé’s stylish, sophisticated cabin, and the elegance of its sleek, flowing lines”.
The car’s twin-turbocharged, six-cylinder diesel engine is just as impressive as the looks: you’ll be “blown away” by the instant responses, the “creamy smooth power delivery” and the “deep baritone exhaust burble”. It delivers a “heady 308bhp”, which makes the car very fast indeed: plant your foot and the Gran Coupé will hit 62mph in just 5.4 seconds and go on to an electronically limited top speed of 155mph.
“It always feels like a big car and it’s ‘sporting’ rather than genuinely sporty, but it goes like stink, sounds terrific and can be hustled along at a terrific rate of knots,” agrees Jethro Bovingdon in Evo. The handling is well balanced and the optional rear steer and excellent stability control keep “everything tidy and driving forwards”.
The similiar BMW Five Series may seem like the more practical option, says Bovingdon, but this Gran Coupé still has plenty of room in the rear seats and boot and is a lot more fun to drive. The sharper looks and “luscious interior” are a style statement, says What Car, and one “well worth making”.
Engine: in-line 6-cylinder, 2,993cc, twin-turbo, diesel.
Power: 309bhp @ 4,400rpm. 0-62mph: 5.4 seconds (claimed)
Top speed: 155mph (limited).