We’ve never really been fans of recent BMW 6 Series models, but this we like. It’s the 6 Series Gran Coupé and it’s just landed on Australian shores. Locally it’s only available as a 640i and if we had the $184,800 BMW is asking for this sleek four-door we reckon we’d be keen to make a swap.
Proving the breadth of talent available from BMW’s modern engines, the 640i Gran Coupé is powered by the same 3.0 litre TwinPower Turbo pushing the M135i into the hearts and minds of the world’s motoring media. That means there’s 235kW/450Nm to play with and in this chassis it will send you to 100km/h in 5.4 seconds.
Standard Adaptive LED headlamps, featuring LED ‘corona rings’ will let you know the Gran Coupé is coming and a full colour head up display will help you get where you’re going.
They’re just a couple of the standard features found inside the 5m long four-door coupé. For the full details check out the press release below from BMW Australia, or download the PDFs at the end of the article for future reference.
The All New BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe
- Third model in the BMW 6 Series line-up
- Unrivalled level of technology and innovations in segment
- A new aesthetic benchmark for 4-door Coupés
Once again BMW is venturing into a new vehicle segment with the Australian launch of the all new BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe.
Following the introduction of the Convertible and Coupé BMW 6 Series models, the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe is the third model in the BMW 6 Series line-up and the first four door Coupe in the history of the brand. This new exclusive model is the true embodiment of sportiness, comfort, luxury and innovation in perfect form.
The design: Sporty elegance and exclusive flair.
The BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe integrates the stand-out looks and dynamics of a Coupe into a fresh new model with a fascinating character all of its own. The hallmark proportions of a BMW are reflected in an unusually low-slung, sporty package given the car’s four-door construction. And they are defined by a fresh interpretation of the three-box design: a sweeping, powerfully contoured bonnet, a long wheelbase – giving the car an elegantly stretched appearance – and a set-back passenger compartment. In addition, its low height and a roof line that flows in a shallow arc into the rear allow the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe to set a new aesthetic benchmark for four-door cars.
The BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe represents an unusual synergy of the dynamics typical of a Coupe and the functional versatility of a four-door vehicle. The Gran Coupe measures 5,007 millimetres. This is achieved by extending the wheelbase by 113 millimetres to 2,968 millimetres compared to the BMW 6 Series Coupe and Convertible.
At the front, chrome elements, unique to the Gran Coupe, separate the air intake from the fog lights. The standard Adaptive LED Headlights for the low and high beams feature white LED corona rings as parking lights and daytime driving lights. These are flattened at the bottom and overlapped at the top edge by an accentuating light also featuring LED technology. This adds a new dimension to the deep and sharply concentrated look typical of BMW automobiles, almost as if the car were intensely focusing its “eyes” on the road ahead by day and by night. Both low-beam and high-beam headlight illumination is produced by both light rings, further underscoring the characteristic BMW dual-headlight front design. The three-dimensional design of the lights, which includes a transparent and illuminated extension of the light rings, impressively highlights the LED technology when viewed from the side. Even the direction indicators and brake lights feature LED technology.
The low and graceful lines of this automobile are especially impressive when looking at the side profile. The recessed passenger compartment appears low and smoothly stretched because the window silhouette extends deep into the C pillar. The frameless door windows are also a design element indicative of a sporty Coupe. In addition, the elongated side windows optimise the incidence of light to enhance the feeling of spaciousness in the interior. The characteristic Hofmeister kink that flows into the C pillar encompasses exclusively embossed “Gran Coupe” lettering behind the glass in the lower corners of the rear windows.
The visibly low centre of gravity, along with the horizontal and V-shaped lines at the rear, suggests powerful and dynamic elegance. Another distinctive design feature of the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe is the third brake light that stretches along the entire width of the rear window, thus forming the top edge.
The interior design is the embodiment of a perfect combination of elegance, luxury and dynamic, which lends to the harmonious configuration of the front and rear seating. The driver-oriented cockpit, the front passenger area enclosed by elegantly curved surfaces and the spaciousness of the set-back rear passenger compartment ensures sophisticated and luxurious comfort in all driving scenarios. The extended wheelbase when compared to the BMW 6 Series Coupe (113 millimetres longer) accounts for the increased legroom enjoyed by rear passengers. The interior design concept of the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe ensures exceptional spatial variability. There is ample space to comfortably accommodate two passengers in the rear. But the 4+1 seating arrangement also provides space for a third rear passenger. The boot has a volume of 460 litres, which can be expanded up to 1,265 litres thanks to the through-loading system and the folding rear seatbacks.
The driving experience: dynamics and comfort without compromise.
The multi award winning straight six-cylinder petrol engine features BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, High-Precision Injection and VALVETRONIC combined with Double VANOS. Its single turbocharger operates according to the Twin Scroll principle, by which the pulsating gas streams from three cylinders at a time are guided to the turbine wheel in separate spiral-shaped paths. In this way, a power output of 235 kW is mobilised at 5,800 to 6,000 rpm from a 3-litre displacement. The engine delivers a maximum torque of 450 Nm between 1,300 and 4,500 rpm. The BMW 640i Gran Coupe accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.4 seconds, while average fuel consumption of 7.9 litres/100 km is achieved, with CO2 emission levels of 183 grams per kilometre.
The remarkable blend of driving pleasure and low fuel consumption stems from the outstanding efficiency of the engine coupled with an eight-speed Sport automatic transmission, not to mention the benefits delivered by BMW EfficientDynamics technology. In addition to the ECO PRO Mode and the Auto Start Stop function, other technical features contribute to efficiency, e.g., brake energy regeneration, electromechanical power steering, ancillary units that operate on demand, the disengageable air conditioning compressor, intelligent use of lightweight materials as well as the active air flap control to reduce drag.
Sophisticated suspension technology for a perfect balance between dynamics and comfort.
The masterful conversion of power output into driving dynamics and outstanding comfort characteristics is the result of the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe’s sophisticated suspension technology. The suspension technology of the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe features a double-wishbone front axle and an integral rear axle, both of which are made predominantly of aluminium. Their construction principle offers the ideal prerequisites for sporty handling combined with a comfortable suspension setting.
Additional chassis technology features further enhance the superior ride quality and dynamics of the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe.
Electronic power steering comes as standard with a Servotronic function for speed-dependent steering assistance. This system features an electric motor that generates the amount of speed-dependent steering assistance made available.
The BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe is the only vehicle in its class that can be optionally equipped with Integral Active Steering. In addition to regulating the amount of speed-dependent steering assistance and the steering angle of the front wheels, it also controls the steering angle of the rear wheels. The precisely coordinated wheel angles ensure a high level of agility in dynamic driving situations, comfortable and superior vehicle response when changing lanes and in bends, as well as optimised manoeuvrability in narrow bends and city traffic.
Dynamic Damper Control is available as an option. The system’s electronically controlled dampers adaptively adjust to suit both the road condition and style of driving. Driving characteristics are optimised even further by means of the optionally available system Adaptive Drive, which also comprises Active Roll Stabilisation. Electronically controlled stabilisers reduce, among other things, the amount of side tilt when taking bends at higher speeds and in the event of sudden changes in direction.
Driving Experience Control: The ideal setup at the push of a button.
The Driving Experience Control button on the centre console serves to select the settings “COMFORT”, “SPORT” and “SPORT+“ as well as the ECO PRO mode. The “COMFORT+” mode is also available in conjunction with the options Dynamic Damper Control/Adaptive Drive. The Driving Experience Control function influences accelerator pedal progression, engine response, the characteristic curve of the power steering, the DSC settings, gearshift dynamics of the automatic transmission and, depending on how the vehicle is equipped, also the characteristic curve of the dampers and the Active Roll Stabilisation system.
The ECO PRO mode supports a fuel consumption-optimised driving style at low engine speeds. Targeted power control for electrically operated functions such as air conditioning, heated seats and exterior mirrors ensures exceptionally efficient energy management. Specific displays notify the driver, inter alia, of the additional range gained in kilometres and provide situation-related information pertaining to an efficiency-optimised driving style. Hence, at the mere push of a button the driver activates a preconfigured and coherent overall setup.
The electromechanical parking brake of the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe is operated via a button on the centre console. If it is pressed while driving, the braking system is supplied with medium deceleration and ABS-controlled via the DSC hydraulic system. The electromechanical parking brake comprises an Auto Hold function, which enhances comfort particularly in stop-&-go traffic. When the vehicle comes to a halt, it is automatically held at a standstill – even on hills – by constant brake pressure until such time as the driver uses the accelerator pedal again. The Auto Hold function is activated and deactivated via a separate button located on the centre console.
Brake energy regeneration featured as standard ensures by means of intelligent energy management that the generation of electricity for the vehicle’s electrical system is utilised during the overrun and braking phases. Standard safety features include front airbags, side airbags integrated into the seatbacks, head airbags for front and rear seats, three-point automatic seatbelts for all seats, belt force limiters and seatbelt tensioners at the front as well as ISOFIX child seat fasteners at the rear. Intelligent lightweight construction reduces the vehicle weight. The doors, bonnet and most of the chassis components, including the suspension supports, are made of aluminium. The front side walls consist of thermoplastic material, while the boot lid is made of fibreglass composites.
Equipment: Exclusive features, innovative technology.
There is a wide range of premium standard equipment in the BMW 640i Gran Coupe, such as the drive enhancing features that includes the eight-speed Sport automatic transmission, Cruise Control with braking function, Driving Experience Control with ECO PRO mode, Reversing Camera, Adaptive LED headlights coupled with High Beam Assistant and Full Colour Head-Up Display. Also as standard the Comfort Access, Electrically adjustable Sports seats with memory function, lumbar support and seat heating for driver and front passenger, Professional Navigation, Bluetooth connectivity for phone and audio player including USB, automatic air conditioning with 4-zone regulation, and the BMW Hi-Fi loudspeaker system which incorporates 9 speakers and a 205 watt digital amplifier with equalising, enable comfort of the highest quality of in the 640i Gran Coupe. Park Distance Control, Reversing Camera , Active Headrests, Dynamic Braking lights and the full compliemt of Dynamic Stability Control systems all come as standard. The 640i Gran Coupe rides on the standard 19” V Spoke 366 alloys wheels shod with Runflat Safety Tyres.
Additional exclusive options can be selected to give the car a personal touch. Among the highlights in the range of optional equipment are and the Bang & Olufsen High-End Surround Sound System, the M Sports package, or buyers may prefer the BMW Individual content designed specifically for this vehicle which includes a unique matte „frozen’ bronze exterior paint colour.
Active Cruise Control incorporating the Stop & Go function.
The BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe is fitted as standard with a cruise control system that includes brake activation as standard equipment. The optional Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function also includes a system which automatically monitors the distance to the vehicle ahead, assuring an effortless, comfortable passage through free-flowing traffic, both on the motorway and on country roads. In low speed, stop-and-go traffic the distance set by the driver to the vehicle ahead is automatically maintained.
A collision warning system incorporating brake activation is also a part of this functionality. It can be enabled independently of the cruise control system and is active from 15 km/h up to the maximum speed of the vehicle. The system uses radar sensors combined with a camera, positioned between the windscreen and the rear view mirror, to determine the distance to the vehicles on the road ahead. The collision warning system generates a two-stage alarm. As an initial warning, a visual signal appears on the instrument panel indicating a potentially dangerous situation. The level at which this initial warning triggers can be individually configured by the driver and is one of the settings in the iDrive menu. When an urgent warning is issued, an acoustic alarm sounds and the symbol flashes, prompting the driver to intervene. Simultaneously, a braking procedure is initiated. For a period of up to 1.2 seconds, the vehicle is slowed at a deceleration 3 m/s2.
Surround View and Side View: Camera systems provide assistance when parking and manoeuvring.
The standard reversing camera, integrated into the luggage compartment lid just below the BMW badge can be further enhanced with the optional Surround View system, which incorporates Side View. All of these systems complement the Park Distance Control system (PDC). In addition to the reversing camera and the PDC sensors, the Surround View system utilises two cameras mounted in the wing mirrors. This generates a comprehensive picture which is delivered to the Control Display and shows a bird’s-eye view of both the vehicle and its immediate surroundings. Guided by this visual information, the driver’s ability to manoeuvre with high precision in confined spaces is greatly enhanced. Side View, a component of the optional Surround View system, utilises two cameras integrated into the front bumper to monitor traffic crossing the path of the vehicle. The images they deliver are also sent to the Control Display. They provide not only a higher level of comfort when manoeuvring, but also give the driver first sight of the traffic approaching the vehicle from both sides – a feature which is particularly useful when driving out of narrow gateways with restricted views and when leaving multi-storey car parks.
Additional safety in the dark: The High-Beam Assistant and BMW Night Vision.
The standard High-Beam Assistant and optional BMW Night Vision with pedestrian recognition, provide invaluable support to BMW drivers during the hours of darkness. The driver enjoys excellent visibility at all times – the system automatically activates the high-beam and dips the headlights again, as the current traffic situation changes. The BMW Night Vision system is fed by a thermal imaging camera integrated into the front of the vehicle, merging elegantly into the overall design. It provides a high-resolution, real-time video image to the Control Display enabling the driver to see people, animals and anything else that radiates heat even if these people, creatures and objects are located outside of the area illuminated by the headlights. An additional level of safety is provided by the pedestrian recognition feature. Using intelligent algorithms, a control processor analyses the stream of video data, looking for pedestrians and cyclists who are potentially on a collision course with the vehicle. The driver is alerted to any potential danger on the Control Display and receives a warning via the Head-Up Display.
The Full Colour BMW Head-Up Display.
The latest generation of the BMW Head-Up Displays, which is fitted as standard, delivers a quality of image which has been optimised yet again. Graphics are generated in a complete spectrum of colours so that extremely realistic symbols are projected onto the windscreen – where from an ergonomic point of view they are presented to the driver in the ideal location.
The scope of information available on the Head-Up Display has also been broadened. In addition to the High-Guiding information supplied by the navigation system, Check Control messages, status messages and alerts generated by optional features such as Lane Departure system and BMW Night Vision are also displayed.
Parking has never been easier: The BMW Parking Assistant.
The BMW Parking Assistant is a further option available for the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe. When searching for a potential parking space, the system provides assistance using the ultrasonic sensors which are integrated into the bezels of the turning indicator lights, mounted on the sides of the vehicle. These continuously measure the length and width of potential parking spots at the side of the road at speeds of up to 35 km/h. When this system is engaged, the parking process consists of the driver simply using the accelerator and brake pedals and keeping an eye on his surroundings. The Parking Assistant takes control of the steering wheel and steers the vehicle into the parking spot quickly and effortlessly. Acoustic and visual information supplied by the Park Distance Control system (PDC), the reversing camera and the optional Surround View system aid the driver in maintaining a safe distance to other vehicles and nearby obstacles.
On a safe course: Lane Departure Warning, Lane Change Warning.
The camera integrated into the rear-view mirror is used for the optional Lane Departure Warning system. It recognises and registers the road markings on at least one side of the traffic lane. A control unit calculates the position of the vehicle in relation to these road markings while also taking the vehicle’s speed into account. If the vehicle drifts unintentionally out of the traffic lane, the system alerts the driver by making the steering wheel vibrate. The system can be used at speeds of at least 70 km/h and also works in curves, in narrow traffic lanes and at night, as soon as the headlights are turned on. If the driver indicates his intention to change lanes or to change direction by activating the turn indicator, the system will not issue a warning. Recently added, this feature also now includes a collision warning system, the camera based function detects vehicles ahead and warns the driver visually and acoustically of a close approach that could escalate into a rar end collision to the vehicle in front.
The optional Lane Change Warning system alerts the driver to potentially critical situations caused by vehicles approaching from behind when overtaking. The system monitors the traffic travelling in adjacent lanes by means of two radar sensors mounted on the rear of the vehicle. In this way, this area in the adjacent lanes known as the blind spot can be reliably monitored to a distance of approximately 60 metres from the rear. An illuminated yellow triangular icon, integrated into the housing of the left wing mirror, alerts the driver to the presence of a vehicle in the critical zone. This LED warning signal begins to flash if the driver sets the turn indicator, showing that he intends to pull out, or pull back in. In addition, this system also makes the rim of the steering wheel vibrate in order to warn the driver of the potential hazard.
Optimum visibility: Adaptive LED Headlights and LED fog lights.
The Adaptive LED Headlights fitted to the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe as standard, provide an illuminated path that follows the curves of the road ahead. The degree to which the headlights turn depends upon the angle of the steering wheel, the yaw rate and the speed of the vehicle. The Cornering Light capability is also integrated into the headlight units. When turning a corner, an additional beam of light is switched on, to illuminate the roadway in the chosen direction. The High-Beam Assistant, which supports the driver in the optimum use of a maximum level of illumination, is also a part of the Adaptive LED Headlights.
Furthermore, fog lights each consisting of three adjacent LED units. LED-powered banks of light shape the characteristic night design of the rear lights. The indicator lights and the brake lights are also powered by LED units.
Symphonic sound: The Bang & Olufsen High-End Surround Sound System.
Conceived exclusively for this model this optional feature guarantees listening pleasure of the highest degree. As a fully active system with digital signal processing, it comprises individual amplifiers for the two subwoofers, the seven mid-range and seven high-range speakers delivering a total power output of 1,200 Watt. The Bang & Olufsen High-End Surround Sound System utilises so-called Dirac Dimensions™ technology to simulate the acoustics of a reference listening room.
Neodymium magnetic drives, the system’s mid-range units, feature exceptionally stiff Hexacone diaphragms to convert electric impulses into precisely defined sound waves. Design and colour of the high-class all-aluminium speaker covers blend in perfectly with the interior features of the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe. The exclusive look is underscored by discreet lighting. The centre speaker of the system features Acoustic Lens Technology developed by Bang & Olufsen. As soon as the audio system is switched on, the central element with integrated mid-range driver rises from the dashboard, revealing the lens of the high-range speaker. The lens emits signals into the car’s interior at a consistent 180-degree angle, thereby ensuring remarkably harmonious sound propagation.
Colour and Trim.
Eight metallic finishes and two non-metallic colours are available for the exterior of the new BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe. Additional exclusive paintwork can be ordered in conjunction with the BMW Individual and the M Sports packages. For the sporty and luxurious interior, a rich choice of colours and premium materials is offered to satisfy individual customer preferences. The standard Dakota leather upholstery is available in three colours, whereas the optional exclusive Nappa leather is offered in four. If desired, the instrument panel, door panels and the centre console can also be enhanced with exclusive Nappa leather. Instead of the raised felled seams in black, double-felled seams are also available in colours that contrast appropriately with the seat surfaces. There is also a choice of three interior trim lines. Exclusive ceramic applications for the gear selector, the iDrive Controller and other cockpit controls can be ordered as options.
M Sports Package and BMW Individual features.
The M Sport Package includes an M aerodynamics package with specific car body components for the front end, side skirts and rear apron, dark chrome tailpipe trims, black brake callipers and 20-inch M light alloys with a double spoke design. Furthermore, there is a choice of the M body colours Carbon Black metallic and non-metallic Imola Red.
Inside the car, sports seats in characteristic M Alcantara/Leather trim with blue contrasting seams, an M leather-clad steering wheel with multi-function buttons and shift paddles as well as interior trim strips in Aluminium Hexagon emphasise the vehicle’s sporting character. Moreover, the M Sports Package includes doorsills boasting the M logo.
Also available from launch is the BMW Individual range of products, which allows customers to tailor the exterior and interior of their BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe precisely and exclusively to their personal style. The four BMW Individual paint shades are joined in the range by BMW Individual special paint finishes and a selection of matt paint finishes. For example, the BMW Individual matt finish Frozen Bronze metallic is available exclusively for the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe. BMW Individual light-alloy wheels in V-spoke design can be specified in 19 and 20-inch format. Those looking to give the interior of their car a particularly exclusive aura, meanwhile, may like to add BMW Individual fine-grain Merino full leather trim, an Alcantara BMW Individual roof liner, BMW Individual interior strips and the BMW Individual wood inlay for the steering wheel.
One of the highlights of the BMW Individual range of interior adornments is the Opal White full-leather trim specially developed for the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe, combined with the interior colour Amaro Brown. Here, the leather-covered instrument panel and Alcantara BMW Individual roof liner are also presented in Amaro Brown. The selection of materials and combinations of colours and a quality of manufacture underpinned by precision craftsmanship both play their part in showcasing the exclusive character of the BMW Individual range. White contrast stitching for the instrument panel, armrest and door trim are in keeping with the Opal White seats and door panels, while Amaro Brown seat stitching and piping blend with interior appointments in a corresponding colour to equally flawless effect. In addition, BMW Individual Ash Grain White fine wood trim adds a particularly high-quality touch to the interior and fits in seamlessly with the overall colour concept.
The all new 640i Gran Coupe will be in Australian showrooms from July priced from $184,800*
* Manufacturer’s Recommended List Price is shown and includes GST and Luxury Car Tax (LCT) but excludes dealer charges, stamp duty, statutory charges and on-road charges which are additional and vary between dealers and states/territories. Customers are advised to contact their nearest BMW dealer for all pricing inquiries.
- BMW 6 Series Gran Coupé Australian press kit (650kb PDF)
- BMW 6 Series Gran Coupé Australian specification guide (870kb PDF)