The breaking news this week were related to an announcement we made about BMW launching in the near future a GT version of its popular 6 Series. Named GT 6, the model will follow the steps of the newly released BMW 5 Series GT, which offers an extension to the future 5 Series.
Of course, the announcement raised more questions and as promised, we looked into this and snooped around trying to get more information. Even though we couldn’t get an official statement from BMW, we did get a somewhat unofficial, but authoritative, confirmation from Scott27, a regular member of GCZ and someone very close to BMW.
According to BMW, their GT series represent a “Natural Progressions” with the GT 6 being a progression of a premium sports Coupe. GT 6 will be the first BMW to have a full hatchback and unique passenger entry – excluding the Z concepts, X models or GT. The BMW GT 6 will get rear hinged opening doors like the Mazda RX-8 and a left/right split interior for four, think about the MINI Clubman or Rolls-Royce.
Typical BMW, the GT 6 will be all about dynamics, performance and style. Apparently, BMW looks at the new Porsche Panamera as a competitor. The Porsche Panamera, although a true sports car and of course a true addition to the Porsche bloodline, seems to have missed the idea of making a beautiful design to go with that performance and engineering .
BMW is working on a car that intents to really stand out from the competition , than means a fully fledged design concept that will separate BMW from the rest. The driving position will be very low , passengers should sink into the seats. Structural issues are taken care of by strengthening the pillars and additional reinforcement of the chassis .
This will not make the GT 6 the heaviest car in the segment as innovative techniques such as aluminum , magnesium and carbon fiber will be used extensively. The pillars and roof of the car will be injected with foam that when hardens provides stability as well as being a lightweight addition to the construction.
There will be several engine options, from a single Petrol V8 Twin-Turbo engine , to a Hybrid and six cylinder diesel engine. It is being said that the Motorsport Division will offer their expertise as the car will offer unique potential.
If you’re wondering which customers will BMW target, then you should know that the ideal customers for the GT 6 will be the ones attracted by style and performance. Of course, the questions arises where and how will the GT 6 fit in the line-up, with the 6 Series Coupe being available as well. The GT 6 Premium sports Coupe will bring different angle from a 6er Coupe, they will share some resemblance, but not the same style or driving dynamics .
Expect more information to arise in the next few months and of course, the rendering games to begin. As you can see on the photo below, Auto Bild’s Huckfeldt has already took a shot at it.