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2018 BMW 6 Series GT: What Was 5 Is Now 6

2018 BMW 6 Series GT: What Was 5 Is Now 6

For whatever reason, BMW loves to jack with the naming scheme of its product lineup. This time, what was known as the 5 Series GT is now the 2018 6 Series GT. Do not be alarmed by the name change, though, because the 2018 model is still just the hatchback version of the 5 Series sedan. BMW says this one is just “evolved” enough to be a 6 Series. Okay.

“The BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo offers a unique combination of luxurious interior comfort and flexible practicality, packaged within a truly elegant design. Coupled with the sporty, dynamic driving characteristics our customers enjoy, this car is an outstanding vehicle which further enhances the upper end of our BMW model line-up,” comments Dr Ian Robertson, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for Sales and Brand BMW.

BMW will formally reveal the 2018 6 Series Gran Turismo at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show this September. The car will roll out globally in November with three different powertrain options and BMW’s optional xDrive all-wheel-drive system.

Just like the 5 Series sedan, the base model in this case will be the 630i GT, which will be powered by BMW’s well-known turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four with 258 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque funneling through an eight-speed automatic transmission. The 630i will be offered in rear-wheel drive format only.

Buyers aspiring to gain xDrive and more power will have to upgrade to the 640i GT with a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six that generates a healthy dose of 340 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. Like the 630i GT, this engine will be paired exclusively to an eight-speed automatic regardless of rear or all-wheel drive.

Lastly, BMW is tossing in one of the 5 Series sedan diesel options into this new GT version, dubbed the 630d GT. The oil-burning option is BMW’s 2.0-liter turbo-diesel inline-six with 265 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque. Like the other two options, an eight-speed auto is in tow with both drivetrain layouts.

Much like the powertrains, the feature content and design language is very much a carryover from the 5 Series sedan. The only variance here is, of course, the fact that from the C-pillar back the car is in a five-door layout.

In an era in which buyers are flocking to SUVs, crossovers and even wagons, perhaps the name-change to 6 Series will place an emphasis on the GT’s unique configuration.

BMW 6er Gran Tourismo, 640i xDrive, Mineralweiß, M Sportpaket

BMW 6er Gran Tourismo, 640i xDrive, Mineralweiß, M Sportpaket





 

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  1. Jun 13, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    Great another GT model, Honestly Nick i think BMW has lost a step or two over the past few years. This is especially apparent when compared to the models that were out when the both of us started our respective writing careers.

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    Andrew_L
    Ahh yes remember the personal luxury coupe? Why even include the rear doors at that point :p


    the larger personal luxury coupes actually had enough rear-room for comfortable sitting...

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    arutherford
    What is dumb today is dumb tomorrow.
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    ...a Garbo fixation? "I vant to be alone"


    Ahh yes remember the personal luxury coupe? Why even include the rear doors at that point :p
    2b2
    imho

    sit in the back seat of a 'Grandtouring' (= 'big people mover') model as contrasted to the pretend-room of rearseats in the regular models

    then

    tell me why people buy the later ... no friend or family?

    ...a Garbo fixation? "I vant to be alone"
    Andrew_L
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    Why does BMW styling now seem to worship an early 2000s Korean car?



    I agree I don't like the GT series from BMW, I think they are awkwardly shaped and ugly as sin.
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