BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo has made its public debut at the Frankfurt motor show.
The Audi A7 five-door, five-seat liftback is, effectively, a new design for the 5-Series GT, with a more shapely outside, a spacious cabin and larger boot space.
The new 6 GT is destined to go on uk sale in November and is part of one of four models of the 6 Series. The GT will begin with the Â£46,810 of the rear wheel drive 630i Gran Turismo and rise to Â£57,570 four-wheel-drive 640i xDrive Gran Turismo M-Sport.
The adoption of the 6-Series name for a replacement for the 5 GT is in line with the German car maker’s efforts to put a greater emphasis on luxury in the top end of their line-up. Autocar understands that the 6-Series coupe, cabrio and Gran Coupe will be eliminated within the next two years, in a move that will leave the new 6-Series Gran Turismo as the only 6 Series model. Today the 6-Series coupe and cabriolet will be indirectly replaced by the 8 Series coupe and cabriolet due in 2018 and 2019, respectively.
The new 6-Series Gran Turismo relies heavily on the latest 5 and 7 Series, and will be produced together with them in the BMW Dingolfing plant in Germany. It is built on BMW’s most recent of the CLAR (the Cluster of the Architecture of the platform), which helps to endow it with a weight saving of up to 150 kg more than the equivalent 5-Series GT derived through the use of a higher grade of aluminium and hot-formed high strength steel within its body structure.
The standard rear suspension-air shocks and self-leveling, but, as with the 5-Series and 7-Series, buyers can specify more advanced air suspension with air springs in the front and rear, along with variable damping control and active roll control.
The 6 Series Gran Turismo also offers a combination of optional four-wheel drive and active rear steering of the variants in the top of the range models.
The 6-Series GT rides on the same 3070mm wheelbase as the 5 GT and is the same width, but 21mm lower and 87mm more. The new model keeps its predecessor’s doors without frame and its large liftback tailgate, but the boot is 110 litres larger than the 5 GT, at 610 litres with 40:20:40 split rear seat or 1800 litres with them all folded down.
In the uk, buyers will receive the choice between the standard model and a more aggressively styled M sport package with beefed up bumpers, more prominent sills and larger wheels and tires.
The line of engines of gasoline and diesel will only be available with an eight-speed automatic transmission gearbox and the option of four-wheel drive in models of six-cylinder units.
Among the petrol units in the launch line-up is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo diesel developing 258bhp and 295lb ft to the rear wheel of the unit 630i Gran Turismo. It is claimed to hit 62 mph from a standstill in 6.3 seconds and has a limited 155 mph top speed. Claimed fuel economy on the combined cycle is 45.6 mpg and CO2 emissions stood at 142 g/km
The 640i Gran Turismo receives the latest evolution of BMW’s turbo 3.0-liter in-line six-cylinder petrol engine with 340bhp and 332lb ft, enough to provide the four-wheel-drive 6-Series GT xDrive with a 0 62 mph time of 5.3 sec, a limited 155mph top speed along with combined fuel consumption of 36.7 mpg and CO2 emissions of 177g/km
The only diesel at launch is a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six that develops 265bhp and 457lb ft in the 630d Gran Turismo. In the standard rear-wheel drive guise, it has a 0 to 62 mph time of 6.1 seconds and a limited 155-mph top speed, along with official consumption of 57.7 mpg and CO2 emissions of 129g/km
More models are planned to follow in 2018, including an entry level 620d Gran Turismo with a 188bhp 2.0-litre fourcylinder diesel engine. BMW officials also hinted at a sporty M550i xDrive Gran Turismo.