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Meet the five door 6 Series Gran Turismo

14 June 2017, 7:57 am

The wraps have been taken off by BMW for their new premium hatchback, even though they prefer the term Gran Turismo (GT). Due to be arriving in SA in November after a world debut at September’s Frankfurt motor show, the new 6 Series GT are replacing the niche selling 5 Series GT which in 2009 has introduced this five door fastback body style to BMW’s line up.

The original shape is still likely to polarize opinion although the newcomer has a swoopier , more aerodynamic presence than its predecessor. At 5,091mm the 6 Series GT has grown in length and has also a lower roof to give it a more stretched profile along with a long bonnet with set-back cabin. The roofline is sweeping down at the back, couple style.

It is also a lot lighter and the use of more aluminum and high strength steel has shaved about 150kg off the weight of the previous car. The lower slung silhouette and together with air curtains, air breathers as well as an automatically extending back spoiler lessens the drag coefficient that makes the big GT slipping through the airstream more efficiently, improving refinement while reducing fuel consumption at the same time.

Self-leveling air suspension is coming standard at the back axle while ride comfort can be further enhanced by choosing Adaptive air suspension front and back. There is also an Executive Drive option that is adding rear wheel steering and active roll stabilization to give the car a sportier edge.

The enlarged cabin is offering three full size back seats that are optionally available with electrically adjustable backrests. The tailgate opens and closes electrically over a cargo hold that has grown from 500 to 610 liters and the split backrest can also be folded flat electrically to expand this to 1 800 liters.

Infotainment is being handled by an iDrive system and large 26cm touch screen and gadgets can also be activated by gesture and voice control. The new 6 Series GT inherits semi-automated driving features from the 5 and 7 Series and also including automatic braking, active cruise control and steering assist.

The 640i xDrive and the 630d will be the only two derivatives that will be offered in SA when the car is going on sale in November, and both of them eight speed Steptronic automatics. The 640i flagship has all wheel drive and a 3 liter petrol turbo engine with outputs of 250kW and 450Nm and a claimed 0-100km/h in just 5.3 seconds. The back wheel drive 630d is moved along by a 3 liter turbo diesel with outputs of 195kW and 620Nm and a claimed 0-100km/h in 6 seconds.

Prices will be announced at the time of the launch.

Read More: on IOL / Author - Denis Droppa / BMW South Africa / Gran Turismo


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