The most anticipated BMW to date, the “four-door” 6 Series Gran Coupé is due in South Africa at the end of the second quarter this year. Vehicle Traders and motoring enthusiasts alike are eagerly waiting its arrival onto our sunny shores. The 6 Series Gran Coupé is rivalled with the likes of the Mercedes-Benz CLS and Audi A7 and is described as a 4+1 seater, providing a little centre rear space for the occasional fifth passenger. It is a typical 6 Series car, but it stands out in its class thanks to the dynamic merger of sporting capabilities and luxurious journeying comfort.
The 6 Series Gran Coupé has an 11.4cm longer wheelbase than the standard 6 Series Coupé and measures in at 5m with a 3m wheelbase, is 1.8m wide and stands 1.39m high. Its signature kidney grille, V-shaped bonnet, front flared wheel arches and LED fog lamps gives the Gran Coupé a stunning design and seamless lines which are extremely easy on the eye. The air vents mimic the kidney shape and the rear lights round off the Gran Coupe's athletic elegance.
Inside, the Gran Coupé is loaded with BMW's latest high-tech features. Some specifications come as standard, while others you will need to pay extra for. Available is the latest generation head-up-display (HUD), a lane departure warning, surround view camera and parking assistant system. A premium Bang & Olufsen sound system is offered as an extra too. The interior is trimmed in Dakota leather which is a rich leather used only in the finest of sofas but is also available on request in Nappa leather – a full-grain leather made from unsplit kid, lamb or sheep skin and noted for its extreme softness and durability.
The first two expected models of the 6 Series BMW cars for sale in South Africa will be the 640i and 650i respectively. The 640i runs on a TwinPower turbo 6-cylinder engine with an output of 315hp at 5 800 to 6 000rpm and a peak torque of 45.6kg/m. Despite its sturdy appearance, this model can go from 0 to 100km/h in 5.4 seconds and top speed is 250km/h. The 650i makes use of the turbocharged V8 engine that for this purpose develops 330 kW. A 0-100 km/h sprint time of 4,6 seconds is claimed. The specifications on both engines are matched with an eight-speed Sport automatic transmission combined with BMW Efficient Dynamics, Brake Energy Regeneration and engine Auto Start-Stop.
The Gran Coupé is manufactured with driver safety at the forefront and comes equipped with an integrated Driving Dynamics system, allowing the driver to tailor the car to his/her current driving mood. On the options list are; Comfort+, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Eco Pro, for very economy-biased driving. Dynamic Damper Control is standard, but a roll stabilization system is optional. The lightweight floating-caliper brakes feature vented discs and Dynamic Stability Control. DSC brings together technology such as the ABS, Dynamic Traction Control, Cornering Brake Control, Dynamic Brake Control, the Start-off Assistant, the automatic Brake Drying function and Brake Fade Compensation. Standard equipment also includes 8.0 x 18-inch light-alloy wheels, with all-season runflat tyres (size (245/45 R18) and a tyre pressure monitoring system.
The 6 Series Gran Coupé will be a welcome addition to new BMW cars for sale in South Africa. In terms of pricing the 640i petrol will cost in the upwards region of R981 000 and the diesel version around the R1 million mark, although prices are still being finalised. Clients have the choice of specifying additional 'optional-extras' and these features also effect the final cost. So, if you're looking to buy a car that exudes luxury and class but with a sporty side to boot, BMW's 6 Series Gran Coupé could be the one for you.