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Editorial: A Real GT

Interesting | November 18th, 2010 by 4
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“Of all the terms in the motoring lexicon, the ‘GT’ moniker has to be one of the most misused and abused.” is the opening sentence of …

“Of all the terms in the motoring lexicon, the ‘GT’ moniker has to be one of the most misused and abused.” is the opening sentence of Sam Dawson’s, ‘GT: The World’s Best GT Cars 1953 to 1973″. And one of the guilty parties is BMW with their singularly mis-named 5er GT. Yet, here they’ve redeemed themselves with the truly special 650i, a real GT.

A true Grand Touring car has to convey two people and their impedimenta quickly and comfortably over inter-city B roads and Alpine passes. It cannot lose focus on the driving qualities while delivering passenger comfort. And, occasionally you may need to force fit a passenger or two in the back (or more likely some more of the distaff party’s
impedimenta).

Editorial: A Real GT

The new 6er has the styling chops and verve to pull off the GT role. How nice that BMW did not opt for a folding hard top for the convertible, but retained a cloth covering. That may have enhanced boot space since 86% of the space in the trunk is available with the top down, unlike some of the competitors’ folding metal roofs. Again, a true GT allows for sufficient cargo space to carry two well-heeled travelers’ wardrobe.

The interior is exactly what you want from a luxury car. It has to coddle the passengers while still providing the driver with the sporting reflexes they demand from a GT. This is a flagship interior (should this have been an 8 series?).

The turbocharged 4.4L V8 will make Alpine routes a joy to drive. While the 6er has a relatively long wheelbase, it won’t frustrate you on switchbacks thanks to the optional Integrated Active Steering. There are, of course, significant electronic chassis controls. And it is truly good that BMW is making a manual transmission available on this car.

But our heart goes to the in-line six cylinder from the 740 that made its way into the 640i model.

  • Laszlo

    still a rag-top ? why ? could have been a perfect GT with the hardtop… I’m afraid that a butt ugly soft top from the earlier 6er will find its way onto this beauty…

    • paul

      i actually glad they went for the soft top…weights less on an allready heavy car for sure + looks more distint. Shame those halo headlamps similar to VED didnt make it to pruduction. I still prefer the previous generation but its pretty good looking. But all that doesnt matter cause if they fitted electri steering to a car that was before criticised for beeing a bit numb this thing will feel like a boat to drive

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000163817321 X5SoB

    I too think the straight six is the better choice. While the V8 does have better acceleration, the attendant drop in fuel economy is not worth the difference. The turbocharged six is plenty strong, and makes a glorious noise.
    And no, a folding hardtop would not make this a better GT. It would screw up the luggage volume and increase weight, not to mention look retarded.

  • oly

    soft top is classy

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