2017 Frankfurt Auto Show: BMW introduces the 6 Series Gran Turismo

6-series, Auto Shows | September 12th, 2017 by 15
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BMW’s second and improved generation 6 Series Gran Turismo landed today in Frankfurt for the largest car show of the year. This new BMW 6 Series …

BMW’s second and improved generation 6 Series Gran Turismo landed today in Frankfurt for the largest car show of the year. This new BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo is based off of the same scalable architecture that underpins the BMW 5 Series, 7 Series and upcoming 8 Series. This means that it uses lightweight materials as much as possible and will feature all new technology that the current car simply cannot have.

From the front, it’s clear that this new 6 Series Gran Turismo share familial attributes with the 5 Series. Both the grilles and headlights are almost identical to the 5er, apart from being a bit bigger.

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Where this car differs mostly from the 5 Series GT it ultimately replaces is in its silhouette. From the side, the new 6 Series GT is far sportier and more aggressive, with its coupe-like styling and sweeping roofline. It’s better looking than the 5 Series GT, but that isn’t saying much. While it isn’t exactly pretty, this new 6er GT, it’s a decently handsome car that is sure to find homes in many American driveways.

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Out back, the taillights look similar to the new 5 Series’ just a big bloated. It has a pretty typical rump for a BMW Gran Turismo model, especially with the now-expected active rear spoiler.

While the outside is a bit odd looking, the inside is every bit as brilliant as the new 5 Series. The materials are rich, the design and ergonomics are spot on and the technology is superb. It’s also most certainly a car that’s been designed to accommodate families and luggage, rather than being a sporty cockpit.

For 6 Series GT duty, the interior comes as-standard with Dakota Leather, rather than being an optional extra on most BMWs. Quilted Nappa Leather is available in Ivory White, Black and Mocha, as well.

The market launch will be underway in November 2017, when there will initially be a choice of three engines from the BMW Group’s latest generation of power units.

The all-new BMW 640i xDrive Gran Turismo will be available at showrooms in the fall starting at $69,700 plus $995 Destination and Handling.

15 responses to “2017 Frankfurt Auto Show: BMW introduces the 6 Series Gran Turismo”

  1. Giom says:

    By no means the star of the show, but one very nice luxo barge in its own right!

  2. John says:

    A hopeless insult to the image of our beloved “6 series”. BMW management have really insulted the history of one of the key BMW models by making this strange fat beast and calling it a 6 series.

  3. Ask says:

    This should compete well with the Audi A7s

  4. Art3ga says:

    Hot damn, that is hideous. And that color! What is that? A pinkish brown?

  5. J Ovesen says:

    It’s too tall to be truly sexy..

  6. Central Lifestyle says:

    It’s kind of growing on me. It’s not a bad canvas to start from. There are greater possibilities and even crazy places M division can take this thing to. They’d have to make a M6 GT and rival it to the Porsche Panamera Turbo for me to fully accept it.

    • Senne says:

      Will never happen, but yeah would be interesting. It’s more likely there will be an M8 Gran Coupe and that would compete with the Panamera Turbo.

  7. Senne says:

    I think it looks really good. It’s an interesting, practical, luxury vehicle. It just SHOULD NOT be a 6 Series. It deludes the image of “6” Series. People don’t understand why it’s called 6, because when they think of “6” they think it’s a COUPE, GRAN COUPE or CONVERTIBLE. NOT a Gran Turismo. BIG mistake… :/

    • Central Lifestyle says:

      You’re definitely right on that. I still think BMW might have something up their sleeves for the 6 series plate. Wouldn’t surprise me if by 2019 they come out with a proper 6 series Coupe (built on 5 series platform this time around) to compete the E-Class coupe and a 6er 4 door to compete CLS (or CLE, whatever Merc wants to call it), perhaps with the M version (M6 4 doors) to compete the Porsche Panamera and Mercedes-AMG GT 4 doors. I reckon the 8 series has its own battles against S-Class coupe, Bentley continental GT etc

      • Senne says:

        I hope you’re right. It’s interesting though that they are making the 8 Series extraordinary sporty for the segment. Which is great, but makes me wondering if the 8 Series will really compete with the S Class Coupe. It’s definitely even better looking imo than the S Coupe, but I read it’s smaller than the 6 Series… How did that happen?! So idk it will be interesting to see both what the 8 Series will become and what will happen to the 6 Series name plate.

        • Central Lifestyle says:

          Actually, thinking about it now, you’re spot on. I do remember reading somewhere that the 8 series is smaller than the 6 series and that would emphasise more of its sportiness. That would mean they’re not trying to compete the S-Class coupe with the 8 series. That would probably mean the 6 series GT is all that would remain of the 6er plate. Doesn’t seem like Bimmer wants to make a Grand Tourer coupe in that S-Class coupe, Bentley Continental GT segment, or anything to truly compete the Panamera. Like you said, it’ll be really interesting to see what they have in store for this two plates.

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